Last Updated: 16/09/13 7:52am
And that's that. Full time, and not a good performance or result from Manchester City. Work to do for Manuel Pellegrini.
Another head injury, this time for Erik Pieter, and Stoke win a free kick 35 yards out. Last chance?
Kenwyne Jones goes off injured, replaced by Peter Crouch. A shame for Stoke. An awkward fall after an aerial challenge.
Magnificent save from Joe Hart. Nastasic connects with Arnautovic's cross, and would have scored an own goal but for hart's reaction save. Jones' follow-up over.
Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic comes on for his debut, as does Stephen Ireland. Etherington and Adam removed. Adam has been brilliant.
The introduction of Aguero has given City some fluidity. They must look to utilise his speed to liven up their half.
Awful from Garcia, who fails to clear properly. He is baled out by Zabaleta. Almost feel sorry for the Spaniard, operating in an unfamiliar position.
Half chance for City, with Jovetic heading wide from a free kick. City will make a change, with Sergio Aguero coming on. Much-needed impetus, one hopes. The header was Jovetic's last contribution.
Man City struggling to even pass their way out of their own half here. Really worrying for their fans and manager.
Fine deep cross from Adam, and a fantastic leap from Jones. The header drifts just over. Stoke still pressing.
Javi Garcia booked for a foul on Jones, and is booked. Just a fish out of water in central defence, I'm afraid
Negredo is getting very frustrated up front at his lack of service. Is it time for a change up front for City?
You do feel that Stoke are going to have to make City pay here, or they risk wasting their chance of victory.
How have Stoke not scored? The ball is played right across goal, and Walters fails to connect with Cameron's cross
The visitors still guilty of playing the ball out too slowly, and Stoke pinch the ball to win the free kick
Comfortably over from Kolarov. Why would Yaya Toure not be taking that given his free kick against Hull?
Jovetic shoots from 25 yards but it's weak and wide. As the half progresses Stove have improved, City regressed.
Now all Stoke, as Zabaleta now clears a deep cross, and the move finally breaks down after an overhit hit Wilson pass.
Nasri dallies on the ball and Jones takes it from him, forcing a fine stop from Hart. So slow and sloppy from City again.
Adam shoots after a break by Nzonzi, but it's blocked. Stoke rather wasted that, it looked as if Nzonzi was clean through on goal at first.
Man City are slightly guilty of slowing the tempo down when they get the ball. Rodwell and Nasri especially guilty of allowing Stoke to get men back behind the ball.
The visitors still in control of most of the possession and territory, but Begovic is still to make anything more than a regulation save.
Fabulous touch from Walters to bring down the ball, and unlucky that his through ball is cut out. Garcia leaving Walters far too much room.
What a miss from Walters!! Charlie Adam crosses it with his right foot, and Walters somehow heads wide from four yards. Easier to score.
City still hassling Stoke in possession, but the Potters beginning to play the ball around and gain their foothold in the match,
Man City beginning to take control here, threatening with probing passes and closing down all over the park.
Manchester City taking the opportunity to pass the ball around defence, but already a couple of stray passes, to cheers from the crowd
Chris Hague in touch on Twitter pre-match: "not confident with Garcia and rodwell but let's hope they prove me wrong... Aguero and negredo should destroy stoke defence". Aguero will struggle, but Jovetic starts in his place.
Would also be remiss not to mention Joe Hart. Under pressure and in the media spotlight, a trip to Stoke is not the ideal antidote for such worries.
City, you will remember, won their maiden Premier league title against Mark Hughes' Stoke City, but Manuel Pellegrini will be keen to get his first away points after defeat at Cardiff. Six changes in the City side from the team that beat Hull.
Two new managers. Two teams with two wins and one manager in Mark Hughes that will be desperate to get one over on his former employer after his sour end to his tenure at the Etihad. Win here, and Stoke supporters will be lauding their new boss in what aims to be a new era.
On the pitch at the Britannia currently is Danielle Wyatt, England cricketer, who is parading the England Women's Ashes trophy, won a fortnight ago. She receives a deserved applause
A reminder that you can have some actually educated betting pointers from SkyBet: "Manchester City are odds-on to improve their faltering away form over Mark Hughes' Stoke who are 4/1. The visitors have won only three of their last nine Premier League away games. The sides have drawn 1-1 in their last four league matches and its 6/1 for that outcome today. Stevan Jovetic is handed a full debut and is 7/1 to net the opener"
What's that, you want a prediction from me? Well go on then, twist my arm. I see City slightly struggling in defence with the height of Jones against Garcia. 1-1, Negredo and Walters.
Despite the miserable weather of the last few days, we have bright sunshine at the Britannia, which is a rather welcome relief. Definitely an autumnal feel about the temperature, however.
Half an hour until kick off now. A reminder to get in touch (@danielstorey85) with your thoughts or predictions, and I'll publish the best.
Manchester City's bench has finally been announced - Pantilimon, Lescott, Fernandinho, Navas, Dzeko, Aguero, Boyata. A fair amount of quality there, it's fair to say.
Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney has doubled Manchester United's lead. That one is wrapped up, and will take United two points clear of both teams ahead of this afternoon's game at the Britannia.
Still no word as to why Aguero is not in the City starting line up, but it will be really intriguing to see how Jovetic and Negredo operate, and also how Pellegrini instructs Rodwell and Toure work. Will the Ivorian be able to surge forward as is his want?
We also have some betting pointers for you courtesy of SkyBet: "Manchester City are odds-on to improve their faltering away form over Mark Hughes' Stoke who are 4/1. The visitors have won only three of their last nine Premier League away games. The sides have drawn 1-1 in their last four league matches and its 6/1 for that outcome today. Stevan Jovetic is handed a full debut and is 7/1 to net the opener."
Nico has been in touch on Twitter (and very nice to hear from him it is) - "looking forward to seeing some new faces today for the potters, Arnuatovic to score 1-1,up the potters". I reckon that he's a Stoke fan.
However, Hughes will surely be given confidence by the presence of Javi Garcia having to be utilised as a centre back once again?
So, Stephen Ireland is left on the bench after his move, and new signing Arnautovic is also not in the starting side.
And Stoke's side is in: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Wilson, Etherington; Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Arnautovic, Crouch, Ireland
Actually, City have now changed that line-up, just to tease and test me. Aguero drops out for Jovetic. Unsure why at this stage.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Garcia, Nastasic, Kolarov, Milner, Rodwell, Toure (C), Nasri, Negredo, Aguero
We have some team news, hurrah! The headline is that Alvaro Negredo (The Beast, if you will) starts for City today.
Right, instructions time. Make sure you get in touch with me on Twitter - danielstorey85. I'll air your thoughts, hopes and dreams and we'll make this afternoon one to remember.
After a narrow 1-0 opening day defeat at Liverpool, the Potters have gone on to post back-to-back Premier League wins over Crystal Palace and West Ham, while also beating Walsall 3-1 at home in the Capital One Cup.
Hughes has begun his task of reinventing Stoke in quietly impressive fashion, and both sides currently have the same number of points from their three games.
It's a tale of two familiar faces, with both Mark Hughes and Stephen Ireland new arrivals at Stoke, and facing their former emoployers.