Preview: Stoke City vs. Manchester City

Preview: Stoke vs. Man City
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Sports Mole previews Stoke City's clash against Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Stoke City host Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday looking for a place in the fifth round.

Stoke reached this tie after being taken to extra time in a replay by Crystal Palace, although they eventually went through 4-1.

City, on the other hand, brushed aside Watford 3-0 at the first time of asking.

For Stoke, Andy Wilkinson is still a doubt so Dean Whitehead could continue to deputise at right-back.

Roberto Mancini's first-choice right-back Aleksandar Kolarov is doubtful with an ankle sprain, while both Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure are on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Recent form

Stoke: DLDLWL

City: LWWWWW

Possible starting lineups

Stoke: Begovic; Whitehead, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron; Ehterington, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Adam; Walters, Crouch

City: Hart; Nastasic, Kompany, Lescott; Clichy; Barry, Garcia; Milner, Tevez, Silva; Dzeko

Sports Mole says: 1-2

Roberto Mancini and first-team coach David Platt on the touchline
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool23138254282647
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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