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Lynette Rowe
March 13, 2018

There are few players in England who know what's needed to win Premier League titles more than David Silva, and the Spanish global looks destined to secure a third medal as a City player.

And the 47-year-old Catalan left it until the last minute to remove the ribbon before Monday's 2-0 win, and was wearing it again in the post-match press conference.

If not Jesus, then Pep Guardiola will likely turn to Sergio Aguero, who has led the line with distinction in his absence and already has 21 Premier League goals to his name this season.

On Monday, Stoke host first-place Manchester City at the bet365 Stadium.

Derby day is drawing ever nearer and there is a chance that City could either win the title on that date or potentially receive a guard of honour from United before the match.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised David Silva following his goalscoring performance against Stoke City on Monday night.

Stoke, who will move out of the bottom three with a win, have drawn their last three games but won just one of their last 10 league fixtures.

He's got a lot of technical skills in a complicated league with the physicality, the weather conditions, the pitches, and he has survived to be one of the best players in England for a decade, Guardiola said.

'Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and understand why they're going to win the title.

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"I know it will be incredibly tough, but also we have to try to entertain as well and try to make it a game that they don't really want".

"I have bad experiences playing games on Mondays", said Guardiola.

"He believes, 'I am strong, I will come back soon, I will play like I did before the injury.' That is not happening".

Guardiola also hailed Silva, now in his eighth season City, for his ability to adapt to the Premier League's physicality. He is shy, and he doesn't speak too much.

Again, I keep going back to Stoke's awful recent record against the big clubs and if they are going to lose this game by two or three, possibly more, then it's likely that Guardiola's men will score early.

"We have one game before then which will be hard and then we will see".

"David controls the tempo".

Consider also Stoke's terrible recent record against the big boys, and the fact that they've conceded an average of 4.5 goals per game in their last six such matches, then it's impossible not to suggest an away win, even at odds of [1.25].

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