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Played
October 6, 2012 12:45 PM BST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 47036‎
 
 
 
89′ James Milner
 

Manchester City - Sunderland Preview: Two of the last remaining unbeaten teams clash at the Etihad

The Premier League champions snatched a point after being 3-1 down late on in this fixture last season as the Black Cats came close to doing the double over Mancini's men

By Husmukh Kerai

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MANCHESTER CITY


Hart
Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Toure, Milner,
Silva, Tevez, Nasri
Aguero


SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
Larsson, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose
Johnson, Gardner, Colback, McClean
Sessegnon
Fletcher


Roberto Mancini is likely to be without midfielder Javi Garcia (hamstring) after he suffered the injury in the midweek game against Borussia Dortmund.

Jack Rodwell returned in that match and came through unscathed, while Maicon (heel) is set to return.

Lee Cattermole remains suspended for Martin O'Neill's side. Apart from that, Sunderland have no new injury concerns.

Defenders Phil Bardsley, Carlos Cuellar and West Brown have all resumed training this week but are not fit enough for first-team action yet.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City are still looking for their first consecutive wins in the league this season.
  • City are the first Premier League champions to have conceded in each of their first six league games.
  • Former City player Adam Johnson has scored twice in this fixture against his current side, once at the Etihad in a 5-0 win and once at the Stadium of Light.
  • Sunderland were the only team not to lose at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League last season.
  • The Black Cats' win over Wigan ended a run of 12 games without a victory, Martin O'Neill's worst run as a manager in the Premier League
  • Sunderland are the only team in the Premier League that have not gone a goal behind in any of their matches this season.

  • Steven Fletcher (pictured right) has scored five goals from just five shots on target in the Premier League this season.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
22Gael ClichyDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
3Danny RoseMidfielder
16John O'SheaDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
9Steven FletcherStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
19Titus BrambleDefender
-David VaughanMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
10Fraizer CampbellStriker
8Louis SahaStriker
Players to Watch
Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
19 15 3 0
Arguably the most consistent of Man City's quartet of strikers, the Argentine is Mancini's most decisive forward. He returned from injury to score the equaliser against Fulham last weekend and his mobility should cause the upright frames of Bramble and O'Shea all sorts of problems at the heart of O'Neill's defence.
Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
20 3 1 0
With five goals in five shots Fletcher is a striker bang in form. He is the first player since Daniel Sturridge to score in all four of his opening games for a Premier League club. If Sunderland are to score, then the recently recalled Scottish international is a sure fire bet to be involved.
Prediction
Sunderland proved to be Manchester City's bogey team last season, with the Black Cats unlucky not to take all six points from their two games. Expect City to end that hoodoo on Saturday. Mancini will have been disappointed with his side's weak showing against Dortmund midweek and will want a reaction in front of the home support.
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Results
 
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Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0