City enter the game with Sunderland on the back of a 3-0 victory over high-flying Southampton, which saw them move into second place.
They closed the gap on Chelsea to six points, with the Blues failing to overcome Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and they will be looking to further put the pressure on Jose Mourinho’s men by claiming victory on Wednesday - also at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats host City, and their performance against Chelsea - the 0-0 draw was the first game in which Chelsea have failed to score this season - has proven that they are a tough side to beat, and City head to Wearside well aware of the threat posed by Gus Poyet’s side.
Despite the Blues dominance, chances were few and far between for both sides in the game, and Sunderland will feel as if a strong defensive performance will be needed if they are to get anything out of the game with their Manchester rivals. However, history has the game strongly in the Black Cats favour, with a 1-0 scoreline gifting the points to Sunderland for the past four seasons.
Goals from Darren Bent, Ji Dong-Won, Adam Johnson and Phil Bardsley have clinched 1-0 victories for the Black Cats for four consecutive seasons, with incredible rearguard performances ensuring that the City superstars of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure have failed to get on the scoresheet.
Despite their incredible record, Sunderland should be wary of a rejuvenated Man City side, who appear to have kick-started their season after the last-gasp Champions League victory over Bayern Munich. A string of poor results prior to Aguero’s hat-trick have been put behind them, and they all-but dominated Southampton on Sunday, and will be heading to the Stadium of Light with a real sense of conviction.
City will surely enter the game as favourites, but there is no doubting the fact that Sunderland are masters at defeating the reigning Premier League champions.