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The Blues will be looking to bounce back from their 0-0 draw with West Brom on Monday, but the Swede is confident of getting a result at the Stadium of Light

Sebastian Larsson has insisted Sunderland are confident of getting a result against Manchester City in their New Years' Day clash at the Stadium of Light.

The Swede is looking to follow the example of West Brom, who secured a 0-0 Boxing Day draw with Roberto Mancini's at the Hawthorns, in turn allowing Manchester United to draw level on points in the title race.

City's recent blip in form has inspired Larsson, who is hopeful the Black Cats can continue their positive start to life under new boss Martin O'Neil.

"We are now expecting to pick up points and that will be no different when we play Manchester City," he told the Sunderland Echo.

"It will be incredibly hard, but it is one of those games you really look forward to as you can test yourselves against the very best.

“It is not an easy place to come and we want to get it back to the fortress it has been in the past.

“Everton looked very happy to take a point on Boxing Day, which shows how hard it is to come to Sunderland at the moment. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come”

Following the appointment of the former Aston Villa and Celtic boss at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland have begun to gradually climb up the Premier League table - something Larsson is keen to maintain.

"We are desperate to push up the league and hopefully we have shown we are capable of doing that,” he explained.

"Everyone can see we're heading in the right direction. We've picked up a few points recently and have to keep that going.

"The manager [O’Neill] has come in at a time when we've got a lot of games, so we are learning more and more about what he wants and vice versa."

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