BRICK WALL // Since the start of the 2012/13 campaign no team has kept more Barclays Premier League clean sheets than Manchester City (20).
FOUR ON THE SPIN // Mark Hughes will be looking to lead the Potters to a fourth successive victory, having masterminded recent successes over Crystal Palace, Walsall and West Ham. This feat hasn’t been achieved since the 2007/08 campaign.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK // Stephen Ireland could make his Potters debut against his former side. In fact, the midfielders best season, which included nine goals and nine assists, came for the Citizens under Mark Hughes in the 2008/09 campaign.
PAST HISTORY // Mark Hughes won four and drew four of his eight meetings against Manchester City during his spell with Blackburn Rovers, however since then he has lost three and drawn one of his four encounters.
UNBEATEN // The Potters are unbeaten against Manchester City on home turf in the Premier League. A single victory was achieved in 2008/09, and since then four draws have followed. City did however, edge out an FA Cup tie in the Potteries last season.
CONTRAST // During the summer transfer window Manchester City spent 20 times the amount of money on players than Stoke. They forked out in excess of £100m for five players, whilst the Potters’ outlay for the same amount of incomings was just £5m.
IMPROVED // Stoke City’s pass success rate in the Premier League this season currently stands at 78.7 percent – eight percent higher than last season’s 70.2 percent success rate.
INCH PERFECT // Pablo Zabaleta has had one successful cross so far this season and it resulted in Manchester City’s opening goal against Hull City.
LIVEWIRE // Sergio Aguero has had 29 touches inside the opposition’s area so far this season; more than any other Premier League player.