Preview: Manchester City v Stoke City

Manchester City will be looking to secure their place in the Premier League's top-four when they welcome Stoke City to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The Citizens have been in good form of late and are on a six-game run in all competitions, including knocking Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League quarter-finals.

However, a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in midweek allowed Arsenal to overtake City into third place in the league standings and their rivals Manchester United to move to within two points below them.

City will be dreaming of European glory when they tackle Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the continent's elite club competition, but will be glad of the safety of qualifying for next season's tournament through a top-four finish in the Premier League and beating the Potters this weekend would go a long way to securing that.

Mark Hughes' side, on the other hand, will be desperately searching for a way get their floundering campaign back on track. As recently as a month ago, it looked odds-on that Stoke would qualify for a place in next season's Europa League, but a run of one win their last six league games has seen them slip down to ninth in the table.

More worrying has been the manner of performance they have shown after being thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool and 4-0 by Tottenham in their previous two matches, leading many to believe another hiding could be on the cards this weekend.

Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna (both back) and David Silva (ankle) will miss out for Manchester City, while and Samir Nasri is in doubt after picking up a knock last week.

Jonathan Walters, Glen Johnson, Marc Wilson (all knee) and Jack Butland (ankle) remain sidelined for the visitors, while Dutch defender Erik Peiters is suspended for the encounter.

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