Archive for March 4th, 2017

Match Preview : Sunderland vs Manchester City

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

sunderland vs Man City

A 2-0 loss at Everton means Sunderland have won just one of their last six league games and are currently three points off safety. The Black Cats have lost their last five league meetings with Manchester City, conceding 14 goals in the process.

A 5-1 win over Huddersfield in midweek means City are now unbeaten in their last eight competitive fixtures, winning six. Having won nine of their 13 away league games this season, Pep Guardiola’s side come into this fixture as favourites.

And one would expect them to live up to that tag at the Stadium of Light, with a City win on the cards.

Team News

Sunderland – Papy Djilobodji is available following suspension and should slot back into the starting XI alongside John O’Shea and Lamine Kone should David Moyes revert to a three-man defence.

Paddy McNair, Lee Cattermole, Duncan Watmore and Victor Anichebe are all sidelined through injury, while Moyes is sweating over the fitness of no fewer than seven players.

Jordan Pickford and Vito Mannone are both doubts, though the former should be fine to feature. (more…)

Match Preview : Tottenham vs Everton

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Tottenham bounced back from their Europa League exit to Gent with a resounding 4-0 win over Stoke and will look to carry that momentum into the welcome of Everton on Sunday. Spurs are unbeaten in their last six home league meetings with the Toffees, though have drawn three of those.

Everton have the best form in 2017 having taken maximum points in five of seven games, drawing the other two, this calendar year. They have, though, drawn two of their three away games in 2017, dropping points at Stoke and Middlesbrough in recent weeks.

With Spurs and Everton sharing the spoils on three of the last six occasions at White Hart Lane, a draw could be on the cards in what promises to be one of the more entertaining games of the weekend.

Team News

Tottenham – Mauricio Pochettino is sweating on the fitness of duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen after both came off against Stoke at the weekend.

The Spurs boss, though, will definitely be without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela.

Barring the fitness of the Belgian defensive duo, Pochettino could name the same XI that secured a 4-0 win overStoke last Sunday. (more…)