FULL TIME, Stoke City 0-2 Manchester City: Another easy night for the best team in the land. The Blues scored early goals in each half and then cruised to victory while Stoke desperately tried but couldn’t create any real scoring chances. City are now just two wins away from the title, and it’s now just a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’.
GOAL! Stoke City 0-2 Manchester City (50’): Another fantastic start to a half from the Blues, with Sterling recovering a ball in midfield, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus making a wonderful combination on the edge of the box, and the Spaniard beating Butland to double City’s lead. Crucial early goal to kill any hope from the home team, and the win is now a matter of time.
HALFTIME, Stoke City 0-1 Manchester City: Tremendous start by City, but they weren’t as sharp in the final 25 minutes or so. Stoke were very organized and began to threaten on the counter, but Ederson was very alert and made timely interventions as he always does. City were not really at their best, but still incredibly better than Stoke. They just need some more goals.
GOAL! Stoke City 0-1 Manchester City (10’): The Blues are on the board! A beautiful work of possession sees Gabriel Jesus play a wonderful through ball to Raheem Sterling on the right wing, and Sterling plays a perfect cross to David Silva who fires home the opener past Jack Butland. City made a great start on the road and got the just reward. Get in there, Magician!
"Typical Manchester City!"— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) March 12, 2018
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KICKOFF! Stoke City 0-0 Manchester City: Let’s do this, boys! Don’t give me a heart attack tonight.
It’s time for Monday Night Football! The Premier League enters its final stretch with the final round of matches before the final international break of the season, and after a very, very fun and also very long weekend of games we FINALLY get to see Manchester City in action.
The Blues travel to Stoke City on Monday looking to continue their march to the title, but it won’t be easy. Facing Stoke away from home is never easy, and right now it’s even harder given the Potters are desperate and firmly in a relegation battle. They need three points tonight to get out of the drop zone, and they’ll try everything to get it.
Pep Guardiola is still dealing with injuries in his squad, including Sergio Agüero who has a knee problem, but we’re still going to see a strong team that is good enough to win the game. Can City do it on a wet, cold Monday night at Stoke? Watch it and find out!
Competition/Round: 2017-18 Premier League, Matchday 30
Date/Time: Monday, March 11th, 2018, 8pm GMT (UK), 9pm WAT (Nigeria), 4pm EST, 1pm PST (USA), 1.30am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Referee: Jonathan Moss
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Starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sané
Substitutes: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Touré, Gundogan, Bernardo
Starting XI: Butland; Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi, Stafylidis; Allen, Cameron, N’Diaye; Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting, Jesé
Substitutes: Haugaard, Shawcross, Johnson, Fletcher, Adam, Sobhi, Crouch
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