Pep Guardiola

Good for Man City: Stoke lose star midfielder

Man City v Stoke

Pep Guardiola is back in action on Saturday as Man City take on Stoke City at the Etihad.

After seven rounds of the season, the Sky Blues are top on goal difference ahead of Man United.

Ominously for their rivals, City are on amazing run on form. They’ve won eight games on the bounce, with an aggregate score of 27-2.

As for Stoke, Mark Hughes’s side are 13th in the table despite some eye-catching early season results.

The Potters have beaten Arsenal and drawn 2-2 with Man United, although both those results came at the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke have come unstuck away from home, where they’ve drawn once and lost twice.

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Joe Allen is a major doubt

Stoke midfielder Joe Allen will not be at the 2018 World Cup.

That’s after Ireland beat Wales 1-0 on Monday night in Cardiff thanks to a goal from James McClean.

That result meant that the Irish advance into a World Cup playoff, while the Welsh hopes are over.

Aside from being without Gareth Bale, Wales suffered another big loss in the Ireland game when Joe Allen needed to come off in the first half.

Allen suffered a head injury 10 minutes before the break in when he was the meat in a McClean and David Meyler sandwich.

That head injury left Allen looking groggy, and it’s thrown his involvement against Man City into doubt.

Elsewhere, Bruno Martins Indi and Ryan Shawcross are both unlikely to be available for the Man City game, while Jese Rodriguez has been away frmo the squad for personal reasons.

Man City have been struck down with their own injury problems this season. Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Aguero will all miss Saturday’s game against the Potters.

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