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Manchester City face Sunderland this evening knowing that anything less than three points could see their title hopes in tatters.
With the Black Cats struggling and the Blues dominant at home, it should be a case of one-way traffic, and yet Manuel Pellegrini will be guarding against complacency with Gus Poyet’s side deep in the relegation mire.
In early team news, the BBC reports that City will be without Yaya Toure, who needs at least two weeks to recover from the groin injury suffered last time out. Sergio Aguero is, however, fit to start following his comeback against Liverpool.
The visitors are without the suspended Phil Bardsley while midfielder Liam Bridcutt is absent due to personal reasons.
In other news, former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton believes Joe Hart is not yet one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
In quotes published by the BBC, Shilton said, “I don’t think he is quite at the top at the moment because he is still young and, as we have seen this season, he is prone to mistakes.
“But he has a lot of natural ability and I like his confidence.”
Given some of the stoppers currently excelling across Europe, Hart would probably be the first to admit that he has some way to go to match them. But you can be sure he will do everything he can to reach that level.