Austria's Marko Arnautovic looks dejected at the end of the match
City started life under new boss Pep Guardiola with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium before completing a resounding 5-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League qualifier.
This weekend’s encounter with Stoke will prove an entirely different test altogether, and Redknapp warns Guardiola’s side of the threat which the Potters have in powerful forward Arnautovic.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes
“Last season Stoke beat City by playing them off the park. And with the likes of Marko Arnautovic they can be a real threat again this weekend,” Redknapp wrote.
“He'll be the man that City have to stop. It looked like he could be on his way to Everton, but keeping hold of Arnautovic was great news for Stoke fans. He's the one they'll look to to make the difference.
“With that in mind - and given Stoke's strengths and the fact the visitors had a long trip to Bucharest in midweek, I think this game could end up a draw.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
It looked for a while like Arnautovic was set to leave Stoke this summer, but a new deal for the Austrian has given the Potters a huge lift and fresh optimism of another top-10 Premier League finish.
As for City, it will take time for the club to adapt to Guardiola’s methods and a trip to Stoke in his first league away match is arguably one of the last places the Spaniard could have wished to visit.
General view outside the stadium before the match