Sunderland - Manchester City Betting Preview: Black Cats can keep things tight

Manuel Pellegrini's men have bagged 12 goals in their last two games but our tipster is expecting a low-scoring affair when these two sides meet at the Stadium of Light
Manchester City will look to continue their sensational form in front of goal when they make the trip north to take on Gus Poyet’s Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have scored a spectacular 12 goals in their last two matches and will be hoping to carry some of that momentum into this weekend’s clash against the struggling Black Cats.

City are red-hot favourites to win here, with bet365 offering odds of just 1/3 (1.34) on the visitors seeing off Sunderland, by far the shortest price of any away team in the top flight this weekend.

The hosts will have been boosted by a hard-fought victory over a much-changed Southampton side in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night but the Black Cats have won just one of their 10 Premier League encounters thus far this term.

That victory came courtesy of a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over rivals Newcastle United last month – and Poyet's men are rated as an 8/1 (9.0) chance with bet365 to shock City on Sunday. The draw is chalked up at 4/1 (5.0) with the same firm.

Manchester City's away form in the Premier League has been hugely unconvincing thus far this term, with the visitor’s only victory in five matches on the road coming against West Ham United at Upton Park last month.

However, with Sunderland having lost all but one of their five home matches in the Premier League already this season, Sunday’s clash represents a fine chance for in-form City to claim a valuable victory.

Should Pellegrini’s side find their scoring touch again this weekend, then the 5/6 (1.83) quote from bet365 for the Citizens to net in both halves would certainly represent good value for punters, while the 10/11 (1.91) quote from the same firm for City to lead at both half-time and full-time is sure to be a popular play.

It should be noted, though, that the last four meetings between the two sides at Stadium of Light have produced fewer than three goals and, should that pattern be repeated here, there is value in backing the juicy 13/10 (2.30) quote from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored this weekend.

City ran out as 1-0 winners when these two sides met in Hong Kong in pre-season and value hunters should take a chance on bet365’s generous 7/1 (8.0) quote for that scoreline to be repeated at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

                BEST BET                                  VALUE BET
Under 2.5 goals at 13/10 (2.30) 2pts stake with bet365 Manchester City to win 1-0 at 7/1 (8.0) 1pt stake with bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter