Manchester City - Sunderland Betting Preview: Black Cats to face a backlash from Pellegrini's men

After losing at the weekend, Manuel Pellegrini's side look to get their title challenge back on track tonight as they face a Black Cats side in woeful form
Manchester City and Sunderland meet tonight with both sides at the opposite ends of the table. Whereas City are still in the hunt for the title, Gus Poyet's men look all but relegated after a run of eight matches without a win, losing seven of those games.

Last time out on the road, the Black Cats were soundly beaten 5-1 by Tottenham, despite a strong start. Poyet's men fell apart in the second half, conceding four goals. Their last victory in the league came back at the start of February, when they ran out 3-0 winners away at St James's Park against rivals Newcastle.

Despite a strong record against Manchester City at home, winning four of the last five meetings at the Stadium of Light, William Hill don't give them much chance for victory, pricing them at 16/1 (17.00).

Man City lost a crucial game at the weekend, going down 3-2 to Liverpool at Anfield. Despite coming back from two goals down to level the match in the second half, Pellegrini's men couldn't continue their momentum, as Phillipe Coutinho struck late to give Liverpool all three points.

With City winning all their home games in the league this season bar one against Chelsea, you can expect a strong reaction this evening. William Hill price them at 1/7 (1.14) to take all three points, with the draw priced at 13/2 (7.50).

With Pellegrini's men in sensational form at home this season, it's tough to see Sunderland breaking their eight match winless run.

With City too short to back outright, it's worth having a look at the handicap market for a bet that stands out. City -2 at 21/20 (2.05) looks like a fantastic price with William Hill, but they also have an 'Opta Match Stats' bet, which is Man City to win by three or more goals at 5/4 (2.25). With the bet needing the same outcome, it's worth backing the Opta Match Stat as it offers more value.

This bet would have landed in over half of City's home league games this season, and with Sunderland conceding 19 goals in their last six away games, expect City to bounce back from defeat at Liverpool in style against a weak Sunderland team.

'Opta Match Stats' bet - Man City to win by three of more goals at 5/4 (2.25) for a 1.5pts stake with William Hill

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