Peter Crouch opened the scoring for Stoke, following up from his brilliant goal against the champions least season, with a controversial goal when he appeared to handle the ball twice before forcing his way through to toe-poke home past Joe Hart from close range.
City had the lion's share of possession and had a number of scoring chances throughout but Stoke's Asmir Begovic was on top of his game with no less than seven saves as Tony Pulis' men made life difficult for the champs.
City now sits fourth on the league table with two wins and two draws from their four outings whilst the Potters find themselves mid-table with four draws to start the season.
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent - 27,101
Yellow cards:STO - nil MC - Javi Garcia 55'