Stoke City v Manchester City: Match preview

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Saturday, March 24. Kick-off: 1730


Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has been out with an ankle injury, but is ready for a recall against Manchester City.

Potters striker Ricardo Fuller completes his ban after being sent off against Chelsea, while Glen Whelan is likely to come in for the injured Salif Diao.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could return after a hamstring injury, but defensive partner Joleon Lescott is still out with a groin problem.

Carlos Tevez is set to be on the bench again, having made his comeback for City in the midweek win over Chelsea.


Mancini hopes for Europa benefit


Roberto Mancini hopes that Manchester City's demise in the Europa League will help to serve their bid for domestic glory this season.

City were knocked out of the competition by Sporting Lisbon, with the Portuguese side triumphing on away goals with the scores level at 3-3 after two legs.

Being involved in European competition was clearly having an impact on City's form in the Premier League, with defeat to Swansea two weekends ago the nadir of their season.

City have, however, since bounced back with victory against Chelsea to close the gap at the top of the table to one point, and Mancini believes they should fare better now they only have the Premier League to focus on.

"I don't think we have played well in the last three or four weeks," he said, according to

"At times we have played some fantastic football but in the last month we have been so-so. But after this hopefully something can change."

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