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Manchester City vs Stoke City: Zabaleta out to make amends

| 29.08.2014

After two wins from two in the Premier League, Manchester City head into this home encounter with Stoke City as the overwhelming favourites for victory – but don’t expect the Citizens to hand out a hiding here.

Ladbrokes has the Sky Blues at 2/11 for the win at the Etihad with the draw priced up at 6/1 and a Potters victory available at a distant 14/1.

But while the Premier League champions are widely expected to record a win, the game could throw up a few surprises – make sure you are on the ball by backing one of the three best bets available.

Read on to find out more!

Man City 1-0 first half correct score @ 11/5

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been a little slow out of the blocks in the Premier League so far this term but have still gone in at the break 1-0 up against Newcastle and Liverpool. With their last two wins over the Potters coming by a 1-0 scoreline, it could pay to back the same half-time result.

Zabaleta to score anytime @ 5/1

After scoring a rather unfortunate own goal against Liverpool last time out, Pablo Zabaleta will be desperate to make amends and could be a dark horse to find the net at the right end. The Argentine has scored in two of City’s last three wins over Stoke and possesses plenty of attacking threat.

Manchester City to win by a margin of two goals @ 14/5

While City have yet to put anyone well and truly to the sword in the league so far this term, they have nevertheless looked comfortable in the two fixtures played so far.

On both occasions the Sky Blues have won by a margin of two goals and with Stoke providing stubborn resistance to them in previous meetings, a similar outcome looks too good a bet to pass up.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.