Dean Whitehead believes Stoke's draw with Chelsea last season will encourage them to go one better and pick up a win in the opening game of the season.
Stoke dominated for lengthy periods during April's encounter where Jonathan Walters fired home and Blues frontman Didier Drogba levelled for the visitors, arguably against the run of play.
Potters utility man Whitehead can see no reason why City cannot now go one better and claim all three points in Sunday's clash.
"We should have beaten them last season, for sure," he told Stoke's official website.
"We had opportunities to win the game, but it just didn't drop for us.
"We hit the bar, the post and had one or two other near misses, and whilst it was disappointing at the time, we can now look back on that as a reminder that it is possible.
"Over the past few years we have progressed remarkably and we now believe that we can beat any team here on our own turf, even the bigger clubs.
"We want to show people that by getting off to a winning start on Sunday.
"We do have the belief here that we can win the game. The lads are desperate to continue on from last season and keep pushing forward."
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