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Preview: Manchester City vs. Stoke City

Preview: Man City vs. Stoke City
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Sports Mole previews Tuesday's meeting between champions Manchester City and Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium.

With seven points between themselves and rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table, champions Manchester City head into Tuesday's clash against Stoke City knowing that they cannot afford to drop any more points.

Previous matches between the two sides in Manchester are on City's side, with Stoke having only won seven of the 50 meetings between the two in the North West.

However, if City are to achieve a positive result against the Potters, they will have to do so without Samir Nasri. The French attacker is suspended following the first red card of his career against Norwich City last time out.

Edin Dzeko scored twice during that fixture and the Bosnian could be in line to keep his place in the starting lineup, particularly because Stoke have a large physical presence in defence.

Scott Sinclair and Javi Garcia may also be included, with Gareth Barry in line to drop to the bench.

Meanwhile, Peter Crouch could be recalled by visiting Stoke following a spell among the substitutes, while Charlie Adam could also return after the death of his father.

Recent form

Man City: DLWWLW

Stoke: WDDDWD

Possible starting lineups:

Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Garcia, Sinclair, Silva; Aguero, Dzeko

Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson; Kightly, Whelan, Adam, Etherington; Walters, Crouch

Sports Mole says: 2-0


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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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