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Sunderland vs Manchester City Preview: Team News, Key Players & TV Guide

Bottom of the table Sunderland host Manchester City this Sunday at the Stadium of Light in a pivotal encounter. Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions and have also won their last two Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light since a run of four consecutive 1-0 defeats between 2010 and 2013.

 

Can the Black Cats pull off the greatest of escapes?

26 matches. 19 points. 20th position. 

That's where Sunderland are right now. With the squad they have, they certainly need a miracle to happen if they are to stay up in the league. However, with a certain Jermain Defoe in the side, anything is possible! Home draws against Liverpool and Tottenham and an away win at Palace showed the capability of David Moyes' side. However, against a rampant Manchester City, it will be difficult for them to get a positive result.

 

 

Sunderland Team News

Lee Cattermole, Paddy McNair, Duncan Watmore and Jan Kirchoff are all long-term absentees while Steven Pienaar and Jock Rodwell are doubtful for the clash. Vito Mannone is also expected to be fit. Jason Denayer is ineligible to play against his parent club.

 

Guardiola's side hoping to carry on momentum

Manchester City have been unbeaten in this calendar year (according to GMT) and a win here could see them rise to the second position in the table. City have got their swagger back and will be hoping to brush aside Sunderland with ease on Sunday. However, Sunderland will be giving it their all and City must be wary of Jermain Defoe. 

 

 

Manchester City Team News

Gabriel Jesus (broken bone in foot), Gundogan (knee ligament) and Vincent Kompany (knee injury) are out for City.

 

Predicted Starting Lineups:

Sunderland (4-4-2): Pickford, Jones, Kone, O'Shea, Oviedo, Janujaz, Gibson, Larsson, Ndong, Borini, Defoe
Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Cabarello, Fernandinho, Kolarov, Stones, Zabaleta, Toure, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero

 

Player to watch out for 

Sergio Aguero

After being considered the second best to Gabriel Jesus by Pep Guardiola, the Argentine has looked like a man on a mission since being reinstalled to the starting lineup. He's been involved in 6 goals in the last 2 games and will be looking to add to that total against the Sunderland defence. 

 

 

Match Prediction

Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City

It is very important for Sunderland to not concede in the opening 20 minutes or so. If they do, Aguero and co. could make this one a long night for them and the scoreline could be anything. One can fancy Aguero and Sterling to be on the scoresheet in this game.

 

TV Guide: 

You can watch the match at 9.30 pm this Sunday on the Star Sports Network.

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