City have been struggling this season, but the goalscoring talents of Sergio Aguero have risen to the fore.
The Argentine is currently the Premier League top scorer - with 12 goals in 13 games - and City’s top scorer in all competitions with an incredible strike tally of 17 at the beginning of December.
It has been largely down to the 26-year-old that the Manchester club are still in the Premier League race and the Champions League, and, although performances have improved since the late comeback victory over Bayern Munich last week, City have a tough trip on Wednesday evening to Sunderland.
The Black Cats most recently held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw, becoming the first club to prevent the Blues from scoring this term, and they will be looking to complete the same feat against City at the Stadium of Light. For the past four season, Sunderland have registered 1-0 victories over City on Wearside, and, if they intend to secure a repeat scoreline, they will need to prevent Aguero from finding the back of the net.
Although Diego Costa left the Stadium of Light without registering a strike, central defender Wes Brown admits that it will be hard to prevent Aguero from scoring, as both strikers possess different skill sets.
“He’s a completely different type of threat to Costa, but just as deadly in that position he plays in,” former Man United man Brown told the Chronicle.
“Aguero has got that low centre of gravity, he can do those quick-turns and he’s strong as well.”
However, Brown is not resigning to the fact that City will win the tie, believing that a positive attitude could be the difference in securing a vital three points.
He added: “We just have to go into the game with the same attitude [as shown against Chelsea] really.”