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Manchester City Vs Sunderland: As It Happened

A 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City went exactly as expected by many, perhaps frustratingly so as little was offered by way of comeback by Martin O'Neill's men at the Etihad Stadium.

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Manchester City Vs Sunderland: Player Ratings

After today's 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium it's time for us to go through each player individually as we review the performances and dish out some marks based upon how they performed today.

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Full Time Report: Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland

Sunderland slumped to their first defeat of the season as Manchester City piled on the pressure to come away from the game with a fairly routine 3-0 win. Here's our view of all the second half action. You can read our report of the first half HERE.

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Half Time Report: Manchester City 1-0 Sunderland

There may only be one goal between the sides at half time, and the possession stats might show that Sunderland have had plenty of the ball, but there's only really been one side in the game so far, and it's not us unfortunately.

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Manchester City Vs Sunderland: Confirmed Lineups

Martin O'Neill welcomed back Carlos Cuellar from injury as he makes his return from a recent injury to take the place of Titus Bramble who dropped to the bench.

O'Neill also goes with an attacking lineup, and near enough our best barring Lee Cattermole who once again misses out through suspension. John O'Shea takes the captain's armband in his absence.

Adam Johnson, also recently injured, starts against his former team with a point to prove.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Craig Gardner, John O'Shea, Carlos Cuellar; Jack Colback, Seb Larsson; Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, James McClean; Steven Fletcher

Substitutes: Keiren Westwood, Fraizer Campbell, Titus Bramble, Matt Kilgallon, David Vaughan, David Meyler, Louis Saha

Roberto Mancini, who earlier in the week was moaning about his side not having enough rest between their Champions League exploits and today's game makes numerous changes to his side, including a recall for the front two of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez as Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero drop to the bench.

It's being suggested that City will lineup in a 3-5-2 formation, as they have done a few times in preseason with Pablo Zabaleta shifting from fullback to the middle, although we fancy it more to be a flat 4-4-2.

The good news for Sunderland continues with Vincent Kompany missing out.

Manchester City (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Alexander Kolarov; James Milner, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Gareth Barry; Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli

Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Gael Clichy, Jack Rodwell, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Kolo Toure

Join is here before, during and after the game where we'll have all the preview action you could want as well as a full match report and player ratings following the final whistle.

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Fan Focus: We're Off To See The Citizens

It's time for another edition of Fan Focus, the Roker Report feature that really lets you know that matchday is just around the corner. This week we welcome Bitter and Blue, SB Nation's Manchester City site, your one-stop-shop for all of your City needs. Be sure to check them out.

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Roker Riches: The Lads Look For Goal At The Etihad

Following success at the bookies last week the Roker Report team look to pick out some more winning bets from this weekend's action including Manchester City vs Sunderland.

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