To be played on Sunday 10th November 2013 at 14:05. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland.
Odds: Sunderland 8/1, Draw 4/1, Manchester City 2/5
Last season 1-0
Match Preview/Injury news
Sunderland are at least picking up a degree of momentum at the Stadium of Light under Gus Poyet as they try and rescue their season. They managed to beat fierce rivals Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby along with making it to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup after overcoming Southampton. However, they are still second from bottom in the Premier League with only four points from their ten games, and will be without both Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena after they were both given straight red cards in the 1-0 defeat to Hull City.
Manchester City will be looking to improve their away form in the Premier League having only won one away from home but they atoned for their loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by scoring 12 goals in their last two games, including a 7-0 win over Norwich City in the league.
On the injury front, City could still be without their captain Vincent Kompany who has a thigh injury and Stefan Jovetic is out with a calf problem. David Silva, Fernandinho and Javi Garcia all have question marks over their fitness after picking up knocks. For Sunderland, their only injury problem is goalkeeper is Keiren Westwood who had a collision with Hull City’s Paul McShane during Sunderland’s loss at the KC Stadium, but he could be fit enough for Sunday.
Steven Fletcher, Craig Gardner and Emanuele Giaccherini are Sunderland's top scorer in the league this season with 2 goals each
Sergio Aguero is Manchester City's top scorer in the league this season with 8 goals
Sunderland had 30% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 loss away to Hull City.
Manchester City had 68% possession in their last league match, a 7-0 home win against Norwich City
Five players to watch
The league’s joint leading scorer seems to be in unstoppable form in front of goal at the moment, and there will be very short odds on him adding to his tally for the season at the Stadium of Light.
Depending on whether he has recovered from injury, Westwood could be in for a very busy afternoon on Sunday. Sunderland will need him at the top his game if they are to somehow deny City victory.
He seems to be developing a very good understanding with Sergio Aguero, and already has a good understanding with Jesus Navas. He’s finding his feet at Manchester City, so expect him to be a big threat on Sunday as well.
Sunderland may need to take advantage of any dead ball situations that come their way, and the man in the side that has the most lethal delivery is Sebastian Larsson. Any intervention from him in this one could be crucial.
Jose Mourinho described Toure as the player that can give a side everything. Inevitably he is going to be heavily involved in the middle of the park and it will be interesting to see how Sunderland deal with the threat he possesses, especially with Lee Cattermole suspended.
Last time they met
Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City – Premier League December 2012
It was a Manchester City old boy who put a dent in City’s ambitions of retaining their Premier League title as Adam Johnson’s goal was enough to down Roberto Mancini’s men. After a goalless first half when Vincent Kompany hit the bar for City, Adam Johnson struck from 25 yards just after the interval to give Sunderland the lead, and ultimately all three points. Simon Mignolet made saves from Yaya Toure and David Silva to keep the Mackems in front, and condemn City to a second successive 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light.