More Score & Line up Predictions for Sunderland vs Manchester City

This week Sunderland host an inform Manchester City side at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland lost 2-0 at Goodison Park last week in an underwhelming performance. City however, thrashed Championship high flyers Huddersfield Town 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup replay midweek.  


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Manchester City
City will still be without Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus. However, Sergio Aguero is fit and has been branded the "danger man" by Moyes. In midweek, Aguero certainly showed his capabilities as well as winger Leroy Sane who'll be a threat for the Sunderland back line. City will still be without Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan who both have long term injuries. Yaya Toure and Alexander Kolarov were both rested against Huddersfield midweek but are expected to feature in Pep Guardiola's starting 11.

These two sides met at the start of the season with City coming out 2-1 victors thanks to a late Paddy McNair own goal, that day Sunderland looked good for Moyes' first game in charge. The last meeting at the Stadium of Light ended with a 1-0 win for the visitors thanks to Sergio Aguero's only goal of the game. 

Sunderland have a reputation for winning 1-0 on Wearside against City, four seasons in a row the Black Cats won by this score line. In 2010/11 season a late Darren Bent penalty won all three points after Andy Reid was tripped and the following season Martin O'Neill's side won due to a late offside goal by South Korean international Ji-Dong Won. Again on Boxing Day a 53rd minute Adam Johnson strike won the game and the season following saw Phil Bardsley's strike after 21 minutes be the difference. That same season saw City beat Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley in the League Cup final. 

The last two league visits to Wearside have been more promising from a City point of view, a 4-1 win and a 1-0 victory have made sure all three points travelled to  back Manchester on both occasions. 

Ethan's Predictions:

Sunderland Starting 11:
Pickford, Jones, Djilobodji, O'Shea, Kone, Oviedo, Ndong, Gibson, Januzaj, Defoe, Borini 

Manchester City Starting 11:
Caballero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Toure, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero 

Score Prediction:
Sunderland 1-3 Manchester City 

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