Manchester City return to Premier League action on the back of a successful fourth round of FA Cup.
Manuel Pellegrini has decided to make some little changes once more to his line up and tactics as they travel to Sunderland.
Meanwhile Sunderland face a tough battle at home as they host Pellegrini’s side in their battle to lift themselves out of relegation zone.
Sunderland vs Manchester City : Form Comparison
Sunderland last five matches in the English Premier League read two wins, one draw and two defeats. The team is struggling at 19th position in the league and a heavy goal difference of -18 throws a clear picture on their troubles this season.
Manchester City have been poor on away games this season and managed only 1 win in the last 7 games. Overall in Premier League, they are unbeaten in the last six with three wins and three draws.
Sunderland : Team news
New recruits Alamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri are expected to make their debut in the game as they just arrived from Ligue 1 sides Lorient And Bordeaux.
Sunderland : Predicted line-up
Mannone – Aanholt, Brown, O’Shea, Jones – M’Villa, Cattermole – Borino, Lens, Johnson – Defoe.
Manchester City : Team News
Even without Silva, Aguero and Yaya Toure, City tore Aston Villa into shreds in their fourth round of FA Cup on Saturday with Nigerian teenage striker Iheanacho hitting the back of the net three times.
Toure is likely to return to the starting line up, but they still have injury worries with the Captain Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov, Wilfred Bony and Eliquiam Mangala.
Pellegrini might decide to play Iheanacho alongside Aguero at the Stadium of Light.
Manchester City: Predicted line up
Hart – Clichy, Otamendi, Demichelis, Zabaleta – Delph, Fernandinho – Toure, Sterling, Silva, – Aguero.
Sunderland vs Manchester City : Head-to-Head Stats
Manchester City have defeated Sunderland with 4-1 score line twice in the League Cup and Premier League this season and was victorious with at the Stadium of Light in last campaign.
Sunderland vs Manchester City : Prediction
Sunderland are the underdogs in this fixtures are second bottom of the Premier League while City are just 3 points below the League leaders Leicester City.
City are most likely to win the match considering their recent form both in the league and FA Cup, thrashing Aston Villa 4-0 in their last FA Cup fourth round on Saturday. I say Sunderland 0-3 Manchester City.