Time then again for the FA Cup.
City revisit the Potteries on Saturday for a match with a Stoke side
bristling with intent after a recent run of poor results. Tony Pulis's
bitter comments after his side caved in at the Etihad in the league on
New Year's Day still resonate and his team will no doubt be more of a
match for his "expensive" opponents when playing on its own patch.
Stoke represent the kind of elbows and knees experience that the
Blues might have experienced from a typical away tie in the early rounds
of the competition anyway. That the pointy body parts come with the
experience and guile of Premiership footballers makes them worth
watching even more closely.
Not at the Britannia does Pulis's fabled 220 million pound
difference often exist. It is one of the mysteries of football how this
can happen, but happen it does, time after time. Stoke at home do not
display any great economic deficit, while Stoke away are often pretty
close to bankrupt.
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