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.
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.
Manchester City – Aleksandar Kolarov is a doubt ahead of Sunday’s trip to Sunderland, though Vincent Kompany is fit and available to play.
However, Pep Guardiola is without long-term injured pair Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus.
The City boss can be expected to bring David Silva, Bacary Sagna and Willy Caballero into the side that started the 5-1 win over Huddersfield on Wednesday night.
Man City have won their last 6 matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Sunderland have seen over 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches against Man City in all competitions.Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches in Premier League.
Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Man City have won their last 3 Premier League matches.
Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Premier League).
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