Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is doubtful with the muscle injury which saw him miss Tuesday’s match.
Raheem Sterling could be involved from the start after returning as a substitute against Newcastle.
Stoke will be without midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri after he suffered a hamstring injury against Tottenham.
Shay Given is expected to continue in goal, while Jon Walters and Glen Johnson are getting close to a return but won’t feature on Saturday.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Alistair Mann: “Ahead of one of the most important matches in their history, Manchester City can’t afford to lose their league focus as the genuine possibility of finishing outside the top four still remains.
“With Real Madrid looming, only by securing 10 points from their final four games will they guarantee a return to Europe’s coveted competition for when the Pep Guardiola era commences.
“While Manchester United are on FA Cup duty, a victory would open up a five-point gap over their rivals and they could do with the breathing space.
“A run of one win in their last six league matches has seen Stoke’s encouraging campaign begin to fizzle out but a first ever Premier League double against Saturday’s opponents would certainly revive it.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: “We’ve sat down and talked about what we need to do better. My feeling is that we’ll be fine and get back to what we need to do to win Premier League games.
“It may not be enough if Manchester City perform, but I’m looking for a better performance in terms of executing a game plan – which we haven’t done well enough in the last two games.”
- Stoke recorded their first ever Premier League victory at Manchester City last season.
- The Potters have won two of the last three league meetings with City (L1).
- Mark Hughes’ side are looking to complete a league double over City for the first time since the 1980-81 season.
- Manchester City have lost three of their last five league games at home (W2).
- However, they are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions (W4, D2).
- City have won just one of their 13 games against the current top nine (Stoke are ninth) in the top flight this season (D3, L9).
- Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in his last four league games and now has 100 Premier League goals in just 147 appearances.
- Stoke have only won one of their last six league matches (D2, L3).
- They have conceded 10 goals in their last three league games.
- The Potters have only won one of their matches away to sides currently in the top half of the table (D3, L4).
- Mark Hughes’ side have kept 10 league clean sheets this season, but only one of those has come in their last 12 league games.