All posts by fwhitesports

Premier League fixture preview: Manchester City vs Stoke City.

Venue: The Etihad Stadium

Date & Time: Saturday 14th October, 15:00.

Manchester City welcome Stoke City to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday, the fixture promises to be an entertaining spectacle after the international break which saw the English national side qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Last time the two sides faced each other the points were shared in a 0-0 draw at the Etihad. Both sides never really threatened each other, instead many of the fans at that game were keeping track of the iconic Barcelona comeback against PSG in the latter stages of the Champions League. Hughes’ game plan was perfectly executed by his men in March, sit back and hit City on the break, which is what most teams have attempted this season against Pep’s boys.

(Manchester) City are in top form, sitting atop the pile and unbeaten in the league this season. Yes it is early days but they are really looking like the real deal, and not the underwhelming side we all saw last season. City dominated the champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just before the international break, a 0-1 victory for Guardiola’s side with former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne scoring the winner in the 66th minute. City certainly showed their title credentials that day.

Stoke sit in 13th place, having only won 2 of their 7 Premier League games played. Their latest game saw them seal their second win of the season at home to Southampton with a 2-1 win. Peter Crouch’s 85th minute winner gave the Potters some hope going into this tough tie for them. Stoke will most likely attack more this time against City, and I can’t blame them with their attack being bolstered by the signings of Jese Rodriguez and Eric Choupo-Moting (not to forget the veteran Crouch).

I expect City to edge this one, purely because of their attacking prowess.

Score Prediction: Man City 2-1 Stoke City.

Why Aleksandar Mitrovic would be a great signing for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a move to Chris Houghton’s club Brighton and Hove Albion but does the move make sense?

The Seagulls have started life in the Premier League in a better fashion than most outsiders were expecting.

Defensively, Brighton have been superb considering the players they’ve faced already this season, such as Alexis Sanchez, Kevin De Bruyne and last but certainly not least, Troy Deeney.

The boys from the south coast suffered a big blow as first choice striker Tomer Hemed was given a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct during Brighton’s game against Newcastle United in late September.

The Israeli international has already served one match of his ban, watching Arsenal beat the Seagulls 2-0 at the Emirates from the side-lines.

Mitrovic has been known to have a so called “short fuse” in regards to his temper on and off the pitch. The Serbian hasn’t really got going yet at Newcastle, with Ayoze Perez being the favoured man to lead the Magpies’ front line.

“Mitro” is 6ft 2”and in my book he qualifies as an ‘aerial threat’. If crosses were to come into his path goals would flood in.

Mitrovic has scored 14 in 60 appearances for the Toon army, suggesting that he hasn’t shined in the north-east, and could maybe do with a move to the south coast.

The Serbian striker is only 23, and just 5 years ago he was named among the top ten talents under the age of 19 by a selection of UEFA reporters.

A move to Brighton would benefit the Serbian forward.

Written by @FWhiteSport