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Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Nzonzi. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
Abdul Razak is brought on as a substitute for Edin Dzeko.
A cross is delivered by James Milner.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Shawcross challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Scott Sinclair coming on for David Silva.
The ball is crossed by Carlos Tevez, save by Asmir Begovic.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Short corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line.
Shot on goal by David Silva from just inside the area goes over the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Carlos Tevez comes on in place of Sergio Aguero. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Steven Nzonzi challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Booking for Steven Nzonzi. Penalty taken right-footed by Sergio Aguero and scored. Man City 3-0 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
Foul by Edin Dzeko on Andy Wilkinson, free kick awarded. (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Dean Whitehead coming on for Charlie Adam. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Sergio Aguero crosses the ball, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in. Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Sergio Aguero. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Andy Wilkinson delivers the ball, blocked by Pablo Zabaleta. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Glenn Whelan, Strike by Jonathan Walters from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Jerome. Joleon Lescott shown a yellow card. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from left channel, Joe Hart makes a save.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Yaya Toure. Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic. Edin Dzeko finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Sergio Aguero. Booking for Edin Dzeko for unsporting behaviour.
Corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the left by-line, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line.
Matthew Etherington replaces Kenwyne Jones.
Effort on goal by Edin Dzeko from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on James Milner. Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Aguero. Robert Huth receives a yellow card. The free kick is delivered right-footed by James Milner from right channel.
Andy Wilkinson fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
Pablo Zabaleta grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from James Milner.
James Milner sends in a cross, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Steven Nzonzi fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Edin Dzeko. Yaya Toure has an effort direct from the free kick, clearance by Cameron Jerome.
Cameron Jerome concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincent Kompany. Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Yaya Toure. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
James Milner produces a cross.
The ball is crossed by James Milner, Header from close range by Sergio Aguero hits the post.
Effort on goal by Edin Dzeko from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Andy Wilkinson produces a cross.
David Silva takes a shot. Clearance made by Glenn Whelan.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
James Milner delivers the ball.
Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. A cross is delivered by James Milner, David Silva produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
Yaya Toure takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
James Milner sends in a cross.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva, save by Asmir Begovic.
Shot from deep inside the area by Sergio Aguero goes over the bar.
Yaya Toure takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Edin Dzeko produces a cross, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
James Milner takes a short corner.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic. David Silva takes the inswinging corner, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
Nasri to miss Potters clash
Manchester City will be without forward Samir Nasri for their New Year's Day clash against Stoke at the Etihad Stadium after deciding not to appeal against his sending-off at Norwich.
The France forward was dismissed in the first half of the champions' 4-3 Barclays Premier League win at Carrow Road for an alleged headbutt at Sebastien Bassong.
Manager Roberto Mancini indicated after the game on Saturday that an appeal would be lodged but, after further thought, the club have now announced there will not be a challenge.
With Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak now due to depart for African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast after the Stoke game - rather than after Saturday's FA Cup tie against Watford as first thought - an appeal was considered too much of a gamble.
Mancini said: "We don't know what can happen if we appeal. Usually they reject an appeal.
"This could be a problem because after this game we lose three players - Yaya, Kolo, Razak and we don't want to lose another."
Striker Mario Balotelli (virus) is not yet ready to return for the Premier League champions while full-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon (knee) also remain on the sidelines.
Defender Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are still long-term casualties and Mancini has admitted he may have to bring in new faces in the January transfer window.
When asked if that was a possibility, the Italian said: "Probably - we can have a problem because we lose three players and we have Micah (Richards), I don't think he can play until the end of February.
"Jack (Rodwell) - we don't know when he can play. Maybe we can recover (Aleksandar) Kolarov in two weeks. We will see this in the next days."
It had been widely assumed Mancini might have to move out players in order to recruit but he insists he has no intention of selling.
He said: "We can't sell players. We don't have enough players to play if we sell players."
Balotelli, fellow forward Edin Dzeko and defenders Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott are among those who have been linked with moves.
Dzeko staked his claim for a regular starting place with the opening two goals at Norwich. The Bosnian claimed a hat-trick but his third 'goal' was recorded as an own goal against goalkeeper Mark Bunn.
Mancini said: "We need to change the rules because there are in our team 23 players that want to start the game. This is impossible.
Mancini knows Stoke, unbeaten in their last 10 games, will be tough opponents to start 2013.
He said: "Not only now - it always is very difficult to beat Stoke because they are strong, they are tall, they fight on every ball.
"Every game with Stoke is difficult."
Kenwyne Jones knows Stoke have their work cut out if they are to keep their unbeaten run going but he is confident one thing that will not be questioned is the Potters' commitment.
Tony Pulis' side are on an unbeaten run of 10 Premier League games, with substitute Cameron Jerome proving to be the hero on Saturday with a stunning 30-yard volley that earned a point against Southampton and kept Stoke in eighth place.
Now they make the short journey up the M6 to the Etihad Stadium to take on the reigning champions, who will hope to close the seven-point gap to leaders Manchester United.
Jones said: "We are doing well. We had a few slip-ups but credit to the team, the manager and the fans for the run we have been on.
"The next game is the most important game for us because we're going to the home of the champions.
"Here at Stoke City we play for 90 minutes. If we get beat, we get beat, but we'll never give up. That comes from pride.
"This is our job. No-one wants to lose so you're not just going to stand there and accept defeat."
History is not on Stoke's side, with the Potters having failed even to score a goal at the Etihad Stadium in the league since promotion to the top flight in 2008, suffering four defeats and conceding 11 goals.
Stoke were unusually vulnerable defensively on Saturday but they have captain Ryan Shawcross and full-back Geoff Cameron available again after serving one-match suspensions.
Midfielder Steven Nzonzi is also free to play after Stoke appealed the red card he was shown in the second half, with a decision on whether he will have to serve a three-match ban likely to come on Wednesday.
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