Confirmed: Manchester City v Sunderland lineups

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Manchester City and Sunderland will face each other at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Boxing Day…

Manchester City will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League this afternoon when they take on Sunderland at home.

City will head into the game at the Etihad Stadium on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal away from home at the Etihad Stadium in North London.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are third in the league table at the moment with 32 points from 17 matches. City have only taken seven points from their last six games.

Meanwhile, Sunderland currently find themselves second from bottom in the Premier League table.

The Black Cats have picked up 12 points from 17 matches and are as many as five points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United.

Sam Allardyce’s side will head into the game against City on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge in London.

Sunderland have lost their last three Premier League games - they haven't fared worse since a five-match run ending in April last year.

Man City lineup

Starting:

  • Joe Hart
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Eliaquim Mangala
  • Nicolás Otamendi
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Kevin De Bruyne
  • Fernandinho
  • David Silva
  • Yaya Touré
  • Wilfried Bony
  • Raheem Sterling

Substitutes: Willy Caballero, Gaël Clichy, Martín Demichelis, Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph, Jesús Navas, Sergio Agüero.

Sunderland lineup

Starting:

  • Vito Mannone
  • Sebastián Coates
  • Billy Jones
  • John O'Shea
  • Patrick van Aanholt
  • Adam Johnson
  • Jordi Gómez
  • Yann M'Vila
  • Fabio Borini
  • Danny Graham
  • Steven Fletcher

Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Wes Brown, Lee Cattermole, Jermain Defoe, Jeremain Lens, Ola Toivonen, Duncan Watmore.

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