Man City v Stoke City preview

Team news ahead of Wednesday night's clash between Manchester City and Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

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Shawcross: Serves one-game ban

Shawcross: Serves one-game ban

Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy is available for the game after serving a one-game suspension.

Striker Edin Dzeko is expected to be fit to feature despite suffering a knock in training but Aleksandar Kolarov (groin) is still out.

Roberto Mancini has said he could make three or four changes so the likes of Joleon Lescott, Nigel de Jong and James Milner may return.

Stoke look set to be without both Ryan Shawcross and Glenn Whelan.

Shawcross is definitely out after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-1 win at Wolves, while Whelan is also almost certain to miss out with a calf muscle injury suffered at Molineux.

That means Wilson Palacios should make his first Premier League start of the season for the Potters, while Jonathan Woodgate is likely to return to the centre of defence in place of Shawcross with Andy Wilkinson likely to miss out again with a back problem.

That would likely see Ryan Shotton at right-back, with Jermaine Pennant on the wing.

Jon Walters is another injury doubt for Tony Pulis' side.

Man City (from): Hart, Richards, Zabaleta, Lescott, K Toure, Kompany, Savic, Clichy, Milner, Johnson, Y Toure, Barry, Hargreaves, Nasri, Silva, Balotelli, Aguero, Dzeko, Pantilimon.

Stoke (from): Sorensen, Huth, Wilson, Higginbotham, Shotton, Woodgate, Whelan, Etherington, Whitehead, Walters, Crouch, Begovic, Upson, Delap, Fuller, Palacios, Jerome, Jones, Pennant, Diao.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham
15:00
A Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke City
Newcastle v Swansea
West Ham v C Palace
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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