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Sunday 17 December 2017

Whelan: City will be dreading facing us

Glenn Whelan has made his first starts since October in Stoke's wins over Everton and West Brom
Glenn Whelan has made his first starts since October in Stoke's wins over Everton and West Brom

FORMER Manchester City man Glenn Whelan feels that his old club will be dreading their trip to face Stoke City tonight as his side aim to do a remarkable double over his old employers.

The Dubliner, who made just one first-team appearance in his time with the Manchester club, will again captain Stoke tonight against a City side who need a win to keep pace with Chelsea.

Whelan hopes to disappoint the travelling fans with another night of Stoke success and Manchester misery, Stoke having already beaten Manuel Pellegrini's side this term.

"I'm really excited to come up against Manchester City," said Whelan, who will feature against the Blues tonight.

Another ex-City player, Stephen Ireland, will miss out due to injury.

"I was there for a long time and it's where I was schooled, so I have very fond and terrific memories of the club.

"We obviously got the win at their place earlier this year and we all know that they're one of the best teams in the country now.

"We always look forward to playing against the bigger teams and I think they will dread coming to the Britannia Stadium.

"The team will be really looking forward to this one and we can't wait to play in front of our own supporters.

"Our confidence will be high and hopefully we can get a result to follow up our great point against Newcastle," added Whelan. His side are nicely placed in the top half of the Premier League but the Ireland cap says that Stoke are aiming higher still.

"Thirty-three points so far is very respectable, but we are still chasing the goals we have set," he added.

"We are always looking to push on, gain more points and achieve greater things. We are chasing the teams that are above us now, so there are certainly a lot of things to play for before the end of the season."

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