League soccer is back! After a wild round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the Premier League returns and sees Manchester City, the squad currently in first place, take on Stoke City. It seems manager Pep Guardiola, 46, has worked out the kinks in City’s lineup. Expect him to lead his men towards another victory when they welcome The Potters to Etihad Stadium in Manchester for this match. Can Stoke City pull off the surprise upset here or will it be business as usual for the Sky Blues.
March 8, 2017 (Premier League): Man City 0, Stoke City 0
Stoke fans braced themselves for another heavy beating in the wake of their Tottenham mauling, but were pleasantly surprised by a magnificently efficient defensive effort that left their hosts failing to score for the first time in 19 home games.
Sergio Aguero twice threatened late on, but nothing would deny Lee Grant his clean sheet.
Man City: Caballero, Sagna, Clichy, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Navas (Silva,57), Toure (Iheanacho,71), de Bruyn, Sane, Aguero.
Stoke: Grant, Bardsley, Pieters, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Cameron, Allen (Imbula,85), Ramadan, Berahino (Whelan,79), Walters, Diouf (Afellay,69).