FT 1-1 at The Britannia. Brilliant finish as Shawcross clears off the line after Dzeko had lobbed the ball over Begovic.
Shawcross clears off the line after Dzeko's lob.
Garcia's header almost creeps on from a corner. Brilliant save from Begovic on to the post.
Three mins of added on time.
Edin Dzeko replaces Nasri and Michael Owen comes on for Crouch.
Nasri hits a thunderous shot in at the near post that Begovic punches away.
Nasri falls down in the box, but no penalty and rightly so.
But Etherington loops it in and it's too high for everyone. What a waste!
Barry catches Whelan and Stoke have a useful free-kick on the left wing.
Geoff Cameron replaces Adam. It looks as though Michael Owen will have to wait for his debut.
City starting to gather some momentum.
Balotelli volleys well wide when well placed.
Balotelli is caught by Wilkinson, but nothing in it as the two battled for position.
Balotelli is rolling around on the ground after an off-the-ball clash with Wilkinson.
David Silva replaces Sinclair.
Kightly is replaced by Etherington for Stoke.
Crouch is ajudged to have fouled Maicon as he tries to get Whelan's high ball.
Sinclair turns smartly on halfway and charges away from Wilkinson but his ball to Yaya is not good enough and the danger is cleared.
Yaya is pushed further forward with Balotelli playing more centrally.
Tevez off and Gareth Barry comes on for City.
Begovic makes a brilliant save from Yaya from 12 yards.
Balotelli tries to muscle his way through, but Whelan makes a fine tackle to stop him.
Michael Owen is warming up at The Brit.
Adam's whipped in cross is claimed by Hart.
Garcia clatters into Kightly and City new boy is booked.
City are quickly down the other end and Huth has ti clear away for a corner.
Adam feeds Kightly on the left, but the winger's curling effort is deflected away by Maicon.
It'a been a decent start by Stoke in the second half with plenty of possession for the home side.
Crouch controls on his chest on the edge of the area, but is shot lacks power.
Garcia makes a fine tackle on Walters as Stoke earn a corner, but Maicon clears it.
Garcia clatters through the back Nzonzi and Stoke have a free-kick.
Baoltelli wins a free-kick after being fouled by Whelan.
We're back underway now with the game all square at 1-1. Last three Prem fixtures between the sides at The Brit have ended 1-1. Not again surely?
City have dominated possession without really causing Stoke too many problems. Surely Mancini will push Yaya further forward in the second half? Stoke have looked threatening on the few occasions they have ventured forward.
HT 1-1 at The Britannia.
There will be one min of added on time.
Sinclair has time on the right wing but his cross is overhit and misses everyone.
Another Adam corner, but this time it evades everyone and drifts over everybody for a deadball.
Stoke win a corner and Adam's left wing delivery is headed clear.
Wilson launches a free-kick forward and Walters sneaks in with Clichy asleep bit his header is harmless and Hart catches it on the six-yard box.
Clichy skips away from Wilkinson down the left but his cross can only find a Stoke shirt and it's cleared away.
Tevez plays a brilliant one-two with Balotelli, but Tevez's left-foot shot is stopped by Begovic at the near post.
Balotelli curls a shot on target from the edge of the box, but Begovic is right behind it.
Maicon hits a volley at the far post which Begovic tips around the post.
GOAL! Javi Garcia heads home from the resulting free-kick.
Balotelli skips away from Wilkinson and then wins a free-kick midway inside the Stoke half.
Crouch just fails to get his head on a wicked corner form the right.
Yaya wins a free-kick 25 yards out and takes a shot a goal, but it's a few yards high and wide.
City still monopolising possession, but only have Balotelli's shot which went over the bar to show for their efforts.
Nzonzi bravely wins a header in the middle of the park, but his ball out to Kightly is too heavy and goes out of play.
Yaya tries to flick a ball out wide, but Wilson is there and hacks it clear.
Balotelli flashes a shot just over the bar after a smart turn in the box.
Crouch heads on to Adam and he tries to dig a shot out, but it balloons harmlessly over the bar.
Wilson fouls Nasri on the City right and the visitors win a free-kick.
Definite handball from Crouch before he fires home, but ref missed it and Stoke lead.
Clichy caught offside as he trys to get forward.
Crouch chests the ball down in the box and bustles his way past a couple of defenders before finishing from six yards.
GOAL! Crouch scores from close range!
Stoke win another free-kick, this time on the right, after Sinclair's foul. Whelan takes it and Hart claims it.
Kompany fouls Kightly and Stoke have a free-kick out wide on the left, but Adam's deadball is poor.
Fine ball in from the left from Clichy, but it evades everyone and is cleared away by Stoke.
City are dominating possession so far.
Tevez wriggles away from Nzonzi and takes a shot on which whistles wide, but ref Mark Clattenburg gives a corner - which Begovic claims.
Fine pass from Lescott gets Sinclair away down the left, but his centre is cleared away.
Looks like both teams are lining up in a 4-4-2 formation.
Bright start for Stoke, who have forced a throw deep in City's half.
We're underway at The Britannia.
Tim O'Dea says: 'I'm going for a man city 2-0 win two goals in the last 20 minutes by Tevez and Y Toure.'
It's a cracking afternoon at the Britannia and Man City's fans are already making their voices heard. The teams are in the tunnel.
Edd Irwin from Durban,South Africa, says: 'Looks like both managers are very wary of each other. Tony Pulis has put out a pretty strong team as has Mancini. I think Crouch will be first to score but City will equalise and the game will finish 1-1.'
Adam Gillis says: 'Javi Garcia and Yaya will destroy Stoke's average midfield, I'm going 3-1 City!'
Joshua Parker says: 'In for a good game, strange midfield, mostly new signings there. Going to be very interesting, Owen as a sub is going to score!! Come on you Potters!'
Sky Bet have Stoke down at 4/1 to win today. There must be some Potters having some of that? City are 4/6, and the draw 11/4.
Gabriel Sutton says: 'Stoke away always seems to be one of those fixtures in the title race where there's a potential slip-up. Nobody enjoys playing against them, and Man City were slightly fortuitous in beating QPR last week- their new defensive system still taking time to settle. It just makes me think this could be an upset as Stoke don't concede many at home. I'll say 1-0 to Stoke, Crouch to score.'
What is everyone expecting this afternoon? Is it going to be Michael Owen's dream debut from the bench?
Man City Subs: Wright, Kolarov, K Toure, Barry, Rodwell, Silva, Dzeko. Stoke subs: Sorensen, Cameron, Whitehead, Upson, Etherington, Jerome, Owen.
Michael Owen begins his Stoke career from the bench. Fellow new signing Steven Nzonzi is handed a debut by manager Tony Pulis while Charlie Adam makes his first start.
Roberto Mancini hands debuts to Maicon, Scott Sinclair and Javi Garcia at The Britannia Stadium.