Michael Owen predicts Manchester City v Stoke, raves about De Bruyne

Manchester City Etihad 2

City host the Potters at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League this weekend.

Michael Owen is expecting Manchester City to coast past Stoke City in the Premier League this weekend, according to his regular predictions column for Bet Victor.

Manuel Pellegrini's men host Mark Hughes' charges in Manchester during Saturday afternoon's early kick-off and Owen can't see past the home side.

And the pundit has also suggested Kevin De Bruyne as a potential Player of the Year nominee had injury not curtailed his campaign.

Owen told Bet Victor: "Many attributed City’s 3-0 defeat of Chelsea last weekend at the Bridge to the hosts underperforming but I was personally rather taken with the Citizens success and expect them to follow-up when hosting Stoke at the Etihad.

"City’s Kevin De Bruyne would have been on the shortlist for Player of the Year were it not for missing three months of the season due to injury and he looks an excellent price at 6/5 to net against Mark Hughes’ men in Manchester."

De Bruyne's impact has been clear for all to see. Without the 24-year-old Belgian, Manchester City have looked very poor indeed at times this season.

Since his return, however, City have made the last four of the Champions League and looked good enough to be European semi-finalists in every sense of the word.

Other factors have also helped, of course, and Stoke's 4-0 defeat to Tottenham shows they could be there for the taking once again this weekend.

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