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Manuel Pellegrini's men have dropped five points in their last two outings and Hugh Wilson is backing a familiar face to the Etihad to net anytime for the visitors

Manchester City face Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday evening with both sides fighting at the opposite ends of the table.

The Blacks Cats have proved somewhat of a bogey side for their hosts in recent years, winning twice in their last three meetings. With City only having triumphed in two of their last six games, this will be viewed as a potential banana skin, especially given the fact they have faltered a little in the last week or so.

Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini's men come into this match having dropped five points in their last two outings. This is the first time that has happened this season in the Premier League, so one would expect a City backlash.

Before this blip City had been exceptional and William Hill price them at 1/6 (1.17) to win this match.

Despite losing to Hull City at the weekend, Sunderland had started to put some real form together in recent weeks.

Gus Poyet's side were undefeated in eight matches, beating the likes of Newcastle, Stoke, Fulham and Manchester United. Every point is vital for Sunderland with them scrapping to avoid relegation and they still sit just above the bottom three, which shows just how far they have come in recent weeks. William Hill price them at 18/1 (19.00) to take all three points, with the same firm offering the draw at 11/2 (6.50).

Both sides will be desperate for three points in this fixture and with City's recent draw to Norwich in the league, Sunderland will believe they can cause a shock. Former City player Adam Johnson has been in sensational form in recent weeks, netting seven goals in his last eight matches to pick up the player of the month award for January.

The price of him to net against his former club anytime is a huge 7/1 (8.00) with William Hill. When you consider he has scored four goals in his last two league away games, as well as City conceding five goals in their last three games at home, it's certainly worth a small investment.

If you fancy him to score and Sunderland to win, you can back that at 50/1 (51.00) with William Hill.

Adam Johnson to score anytime at 7/1 (8.00) for a 1pt stake with William Hill

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