The Bet365 Stadium will not see a similar contest to that of the Etihad Stadium in October; however, Manchester City should have enough to reclaim their 16-point buffer over Manchester United at the top of the table and move within two wins of being crowned champions.
United's board were rewarded for their early patience, with the Scotsman overcoming a shaky start at Old Trafford to win 38 trophies, including the Premier League title 13 times.
Silva sparkled yet again for City, leading the way with his match-winning brace.
Yessica Suarez Gonzalez, Silva's partner, has remained out in Spain with their son, and the midfielder has missed a number of matches over the past three months to spend time with them.
Silva was permitted to return home while City wrapped up the home leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie against Basel last week but is back in the United Kingdom and ready to play at Stoke on Monday evening.
"I think they became stronger players - Xabi Alonso, Mikel Arteta, Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas - a lot of young players made a decision to come here, and play in that league".
Pep Guardiola says he will not rush Benjamin Mendy back for Manchester City after six months on the sidelines following knee surgery however keen he is to play. In my private life now it is a very hard moment but my son is fighting. Another major concern for Lambert will be the fact that his team have got a very tough run in between now and the end of the season.
"David Silva controls the tempo". But he has both. "He has the skills no doubt about that but in the bad moments he is there to control the game and he is an aggressive competitor".
"So, in all the leagues, it always happens until the last four, five, six fixtures, everything can happen".
Fernandinho then blasted into the side-netting when he had teammates better positioned alongside him and Butland was required to save shots from Sterling and Zinchenko in quick succession. He finally did so, but Stoke's defense recovered by then and managed to dispossess Sterling.
If Aguero can stick to the two week timetable, City's record goalscorer may only be missing for one game.
"It was a free hit", Butland said, ". but they had too much for us today".
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.