Predicted Manchester City and Sunderland line-ups: Midfield shuffle for Pellegrini

Match to be played on Thursday 1st January 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping for a much more comprehensive performance from his team than they managed in the 2-2 draw against Burnley.

City need to try and keep the pressure up on Chelsea at the top of the table who haven’t looked like making many mistakes and that means it’s important for City to stay on top of their game.

Pellegrini could rotate to try and keep fresh legs in his side or he could choose to stick with players who are in form at the moment.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will be eager for his team to secure three points and start moving up the Premier League table and further away from the relegation places.

They go into this game after a draw against Aston Villa and a win could take them above Everton in the table.

Here are the potential sides that each manager could go with.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy, Nasri, Milner, Fernandinho, Lampard, Silva, Jovetic

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Jones, Cattermole, Johnson, Giaccherini, Gomez, Wickham, Fletcher

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