Stoke v Man City: Potters game perfect chance for Bony

Manchester City have to prepare for their upcoming game against Stoke City knowing they will be without Sergio Aguero.

This is bad news for everyone at the Etihad, except of course for Wilfried Bony who once again has the opportunity to step up and prove his worth.

During the Argentine striker’s spell on the sidelines between October-November, Bony was able to find the net three times and now has another chance to impose himself.

The 26-year-old’s 18 goals across the entirety of 2014 were more than any other player in the league, proving the goalscoring ability the striker possesses.

Stoke’s last Premier League game showed that the side have defensive frailties, with Mark Hughes’ men going down 2-0 to struggling Sunderland.

The Mackems have only won three matches in the top flight all season and have failed to score in five of their last ten outings in the competition.

Therefore, losing to Sam Allardyce’s side clearly shows weaknesses that are there for the Citizens to exploit, especially considering they lost by two goals.

Glen Johnson and Marc Muniesa are doubts for the clash at the Britannia Stadium and this will further deplete Stoke’s defensive capabilities.

This isn’t just good news for the Ivorian forward, but it also presents a chance to make some money from Ladbrokes’ promotion for the match.

The bookmakers are offering Bony to score and Man City to win at 5/2, much improved from the previous price of 15/8.

Similarly, the prospect of the Citizens finding the net becomes even more enticing when looking to back someone on the *Double Odds 1st Goalscorer promotion.

The Potters have conceded first in two of their last five league games and the creative talents that could provide for Bony make this even more likely.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.