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The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
Short corner worked by Charlie Adam.
Clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Yaya Toure.
Clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Header by Edin Dzeko goes to the left of the goal.
Luis Fernandinho sends in a cross.
Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Foul by Luis Fernandinho on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded.
Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
Yaya Toure booked.
The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Phil Bardsley by Yaya Toure results in a free kick.
Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam.
Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Mame Diouf.
Marc Muniesa comes on in place of Victor Moses.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam.
Clearance by Erik Pieters.
Short corner taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas from the right by-line.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Phil Bardsley.
Corner taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas from the right by-line.
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Marc Wilson gets a block in.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a short corner.
The ball is sent over by Erik Pieters.
Mame Diouf produces a cross.
Corner taken by David Silva.
Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal. Blocked by Phil Bardsley.
Peter Crouch fouled by Luis Fernandinho, the ref awards a free kick.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Charlie Adam replaces Peter Odemwingie.
Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross.
Edin Dzeko replaces Stevan Jovetic.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Samir Nasri.
The ball is delivered by Victor Moses.
Peter Odemwingie sends in a cross.
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Blocked by Glenn Whelan.
Shot by Yaya Toure. Asmir Begovic parries the effort to safety.
Clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Victor Moses fouled by Luis Fernandinho, the ref awards a free kick.
Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.
Samir Nasri takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Phil Bardsley gets a block in.
Victor Moses is penalised for a handball.
Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Victor Moses takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.
Mame Diouf takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
The referee gets the second half started.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Peter Odemwingie coming on for Jonathan Walters.
The first half comes to an end.
Clearance made by Glenn Whelan.
Erik Pieters sends in a cross.
Clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Yaya Toure challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Foul by David Silva on Ryan Shawcross, free kick awarded.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Moses on Vincent Kompany.
Free kick crossed by Phil Bardsley.
Foul by Yaya Toure on Mame Diouf, free kick awarded.
Luis Fernandinho joins the action as a substitute, replacing Francisco Fernando.
Victor Moses crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by Glenn Whelan.
Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero.
Phil Bardsley makes a clearance.
Shot by Peter Crouch. Joe Hart safely holds on.
Martin Demichelis makes a clearance.
Shot by Yaya Toure went wide of the right-hand upright.
Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Yaya Toure on Victor Moses, free kick awarded.
Yaya Toure has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Peter Crouch gets a block in.
Phil Bardsley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva.
The ball is sent over by Sergio Aguero.
Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stevan Jovetic.
Phil Bardsley takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
Clearance made by Martin Demichelis.
Short corner worked by Samir Nasri.
Shot by Samir Nasri. A parry by Asmir Begovic prevents the goal.
Free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Mame Diouf.
The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov.
David Silva challenges Mame Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri.
Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball.
The referee starts the match.
Expectation unfazes Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no doubt his team can handle the pressure of expectation.
City have made a confident start to their Barclays Premier League title defence with back-to-back victories.
Monday's 3-1 win over last season's runners-up Liverpool was a particularly assured performance and emphasised their strength in depth.
Stevan Jovetic, who missed most of last season through injury, struck twice while star striker Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score for a second successive game.
New signings, particularly midfielder Fernando, have enhanced City's squad but none of this is news to Pellegrini, who was confident from the outset of his squad's power.
The Chilean said: "That expectation does not depend on one game against Liverpool - it depends always.
"We are a strong team, the same as five or six other clubs in England.
"We don't have a problem with that expectation. We need to win and we will try to win always."
Despite that confidence, Pellegrini is taking nothing for granted as former City boss Mark Hughes brings his Stoke side to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
City have a superb home record against the Potters having won the last seven encounters. Stoke have not win in the league at City since a second-tier match in 1997, and not in the top flight since 1980.
Stoke are also still looking for their first league victory this season but, for Pellegrini, that counts for nothing.
He said: "Of course I am absolutely sure we are going to have a lot of problems against a difficult team like Stoke.
"Last year, in our best moment, we won just 1-0 at home.
"In the first two games they have just one draw but I am sure they are going to come here to try and do a tough game, and we need to play very well if we are to win."
Aguero is fit despite reports of an injury after pictures emerged of him being on the receiving end of a tough tackle in training.
Pellegrini has been managing the Argentinian's return to action this term after numerous injuries last season and at the World Cup, and is still considered by him to be in 'pre-season'.
Pellegrini is still to determine whether he is ready to start but new signing Eliaquim Mangala, who has lacked match-fitness since his B#32million arrival from Porto, has again been ruled out.
Frank Lampard, on loan from sister club New York City, is also not in contention for similar reasons.
Pellegrini said: "Mangala is not in the squad. Kun is in the squad list, we will see how many minutes he can play.
"Frank is not in the squad list but we will see which is the best squad to start considering some players need minutes also.
"Just Alvaro Negredo is injured, all the rest of the squad are fit."
Meanwhile, midfielder Charlie Adam does not believe the financial gulf between the two clubs means Stoke cannot compete at the Etihad Stadium.
Adam said: "I think them and Chelsea are the ones competing for the league and Liverpool are there as well as they have brought in a number of players.
"They have great quality but if we are ready and 'at it' we can give ourselves a great chance.
"Clubs are buying players for B#60million so money does talk and there is a massive gulf in the Premier League but it is men against men and if we apply ourselves right and are solid and disciplined then we will have a chance.
"They have an array of talent but at the end of the day they might have an off-day and we can cause an upset.
"We need to go and try to have a go at them but be sensible as they are one of the best teams in Europe, the champions of England, and although it will be tough we know what we need to do.
"We have been in this Premier League for six years now and we have done okay so we will keep going the way we are.
"I think we have added the right number of players and the right quality this year and not spent much money and the Bosmans (free transfers) we have brought in have been good.
"You can only improve and we have done that on where we were last season."
On-loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses is likely to start on the bench despite impressing on debut in midweek.
The Nigeria international featured significantly against Portsmouth but is not yet fit enough to play 90 minutes.
Utility player Geoff Cameron is out with a thigh problem sustained in the cup game, but defender Phil Bardsley and Bojan Krkic could be fit after being rested in midweek.
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