Manchester City vs Sunderland:
English Premier League 2016/17,
Date: Saturday, 13 August, 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 UK.
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester (UK)
New faced Manchester City host 2015/2016 season relegation battle winners on Match day 1 of the 2016/2017 English Premier League Season.
Manchester kick starts the new season with a lot of changes in the team, the club, and even the technical bench. The Blues of Manchester have gathered enough fire-power, and done a lot of face lifting to ensure they bring the English premier League tittle back to the Etihad stadium after 2 seasons of failing to win the title.
On the other hand, Sunderland lost their manager to the three lion job, but went for the services for former Everton, and Manchester United Boss. In Addition the Black cat have participated in more Pre-Season game compared to their Saturday Host.
Manchester City Vs Sunderland: Key Facts
- Manchester Lost 3 of their last 10 home games in the league last season, won 6, and drew 1.
- The Citizens failed to win any of their 3 pre-season in the space of 90 minutes. They suffered defeat from the hand of Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and defeated Borussia Dortmund on penalty shoot-out
- Sunderland hasn’t lost in 5 away league games. The Black cat had a great pre-season, winning 4 of their 6 pre-season games, and drew 2.
Manchester City: Team News
Vincent Kompany is out with a calf injury, while the summer arrival Ilkay Gundogan is sidelined with a knee problem.
Kevin De Bruyne, Bacary Sagna and Leroy Sane are short on fitness and could miss this match.
Nolito and John Stones are set to start in their first competitive match in a Manchester City shirt.
Manchester City: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hart – Clichy, Stones, Otamendi, Zabaleta – Fernando, Fernandinho – Nolito, Silva, Sterling – Aguero.
Sunderland: Team News
Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson, Jan Kirchhoff and Billy Jones are sidelined for Sunderland through respective injuries.
The new summer arrivals Adnan Januzaj, Paddy McNair, Papy Djilobodji and Donald Love are all expected to start.
Sunderland: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Manone – Aanholt, Djilobodji, Kaboul, Love – Rodwell, McNair – Januzaj, Khazri, Borini – Defoe.
Manchester City vs Sunderland: Head to Head
These two English sides are not new to each other, as they have met each other 14 times in the last 6 years. Moreover, Sunderland has failed to defeat Manchester City in their last 12 league visit to Etihad.
In addition, Manchester dominated in a 2 leg meeting between these 2 sides. The blues thrashed black cat 4-1, 1-0 in a two legged clash last season. Manchester City have also enjoyed 5 consecutive victory over black cat netting 16 goals in their last 5 meeting, and conceding 5 goals.
Manchester City vs Sunderland: Prediction
First game of the season comes with a lot of surprises, and shocks. Manchester city little involvement in pre-season games,compared to that of their visitor could affect their performance in this game.
However, this promises to be an electrifying encounter as every first game of the season always is. Manchester City have the Pep factor which will give them upper hand against every side this season.
Therefore, I predict a straight win for the Manchester side.
Manchester City vs Sunderland: Tips
- Man City to win.
- Over 2.5 goals.