Sunderland vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be keen to maintain the level of performance they showed last time out at Southampton when they face draw specialists Sunderland.

A very professional and organised performance against runaway leaders Chelsea on Saturday deservedly earned Sunderland many plaudits, and this match is likely to play out of similar fashion, so Gustavo Poyet will be determined for standards not to slip.

They will also take inspiration ahead of this clash from an amazing recently record at home to the Citizens, with four successive 1-0 wins. The likes of Steven Fletcher may only need one chance, and should they get ahead, Sunderland have the power to frustrate City.

After weeks which saw many question their performances and the ethos of manager Manuel Pellegrini, Man City delivered the kind of showing for which they were renowned last season, as Sergio Aguero turned from scorer to provider on the South coast.

The Argentine laid on the chances for Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy to finish clinically and close the gap on Chelsea, and will be expecting to continue his remarkable run here.

Sebastian Coates could be handed his first Premier League start for Sunderland, who are still without full-backs Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt.

The visitors have problems in central defence with both Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala unavailable, so either Dedryk Boyata or Bacary Sagna will partner Martin Demichelis.

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