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Manchester City v Stoke City


Manchester City: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta; De Jong, Milner; A Johnson, Yaya, Silva;Tevez.

Subs: Given Kolarov Boyata Vieira Barry Wright-Phillips Dzeko.

Stoke City: Sorensen; Wilkinson ,Collins, Shawcross, Wilson; Whelan, Diao, Whitehead, Pugh; Walters, Carew.

Subs: Soares Jones Tonge Delap Faye Nash Shotton.

Manchester City welcome Stoke City to Eastlands tonight in the Barclays Premier League, with the home side looking to climb to third place.

A repeat of last Saturday's FA Cup final win will see City move above Arsenal and put them in pole position for a direct route into the Champions League.

West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan say they are in no rush to appoint a new manager at Upton Park.

Avram Grant was sacked in the aftermath of the Hammers' relegation on Sunday, while former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is the favourite to replace him.

Harry Redknapp says Tottenham need 'one or two' signings in the summer if they are to challenge the elite again next season.


Dirk Kuyt has vowed Liverpool will keep fighting for European football despite defeat to fifth place rivals Spurs at the weekend.

Robin van Persie says Arsenal will come back stronger next season after a disappointing end to the current campaign.

Finally, Ryan Giggs has predicted more success for United's youngsters after the club's 19th league title.

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