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  • January 1, 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: K. Friend
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Premier League Preview: Sunderland v Manchester City

The high-scoring Eastlands club have enjoyed fruitful times against Martin O'Neill's Wearsiders, having lost only once in a dozen Premier League meetings between the two sides


PROBABLE LINEUPS


SUNDERLAND


Westwood
O'Shea, Kilgallon, Brown, Richardson
Larsson, Vaughan, Cattermole, Colback
Sessegnon
Bendtner
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Johnson, Toure, Barry, Silva
Dzeko, Aguero

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is unable to call upon the services of Marcos Angeleri, Fraizer Campbell, Craig Gordon and Michael Turner due to their respective knee injuries. Simon Mignolet is also out with an injury to his face, while Asamoah Gyan is out on loan with UAE club Al-Ain.

Connor Wickham and Kieran Richardson are both doubts due to injury and illness respectively, but the former Aston Villa boss expects the latter to be fit in time for the game against the league leaders.

Titus Bramble and Phil Bardsley are also doubtful of making it in time for this clash, which means the Northern Irishman may have to make changes to his back line.

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has no injury-related concerns and has all his players available. But he is likely to make some changes and rotate a few players in light of the upcoming game against Liverpool, one which the Italian was unhappy about due to the tight nature of the club's schedule when compared to that of their opponents.

Gareth Barry, Edin Dzeko and Adam Johnson may be brought back into the starting line-up to ensure the team remains fresh, as all three players started from the bench in the previous game against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

The former Inter boss may also choose not to give a run-out to Micah Richards, instead keeping him fresh for the game against Liverpool while retaining Pablo Zabaleta at right-back.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Sunderland have won only one of their last six Premier League games at the Stadium of Light. In each of those  contests, if they scored at any stage, the Black Cats also conceded a goal or more during the match.
  • The hosts have beaten City only once in their last 12 meetings in the league. But that lone victory came last year at home.
  • The Black Cats have also conceded 27 goals in the last 12 Premier League games between the two teams.
  • Sunderland have conceded 223 goals against City in all competitions throughout the course of their history, while scoring 194 times in the process.
  • Manchester City have scored 53 goals so far in the Premier League, which is more than any other team at the moment. If they continue to score at their present rate, they should be able to create a new record in the top-flight.
  • They did, however, fail to score in their last game against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
  • David Silva (pictured right) currently leads the assists rankings with eight to his name.
  • Roberto Mancini's men have had a minor hiccup on the road in the context of their recent outstanding form, having been unable to win any of their last three games away from Eastlands.
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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
5Wes BrownDefender
16John O'SheaDefender
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
24Trevor CarsonGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
40Louis LaingDefender
7David MeylerMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
10Dong-Won JiStriker
31Ryan NobleStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
Players to Watch
Keiren Westwood
Keiren Westwood
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Keiren Westwood has a difficult task ahead as he will be up against the most potent attack in the Premier League, which did not hit the back of the net for the first time in a top-flight game this season when they played West Brom.

This is likely to see the City attackers looking to mend their ways by putting a few past the Black Cats, with their goalkeeper being the last line of defence.
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
David Silva has put in some strong performances and currently leads the assists rankings. He is likely to view the potential absence of Titus Bramble and Phil Bardsley as a blessing in terms of increasing his assists or even his goals tally.
Prediction
Manchester City drew their previous league game without scoring a goal against West Bromwich Albion and will be looking to make amends in this clash. Roberto Mancini should rotate his squad a little bit with Liverpool on the horizon, but whatever team he names should be more than a match for Martin O'Neill's men.
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