Manchester City Vs Sunderland: Live

Robert Cianflone

Having overcome Tottenham Hotspur, much to the chagrin of Trevor Francis, Sunderland take on Manchester City for the first trophy of the season.

Paolo Di Canio leads his side into battle this afternoon against Manuel Pellegrini and his new-look Manchester City side for the prestigious *snort* Barclays Asia Trophy.

Having overcome Tottenham Hotspur in some in some horrendous circumstances, things look as though they're going to be even worse today with the rain continuing to pour in Hong Kong this week.

The key focus will be on fitness and not letting anyone succome to injury as Jan Vertonghen did during our 3-1 win over the North London side on Wednesday.

The game itself however should be a great test for Sunderland to see whether that win was really the dawning of a new era or not, and send out another long-distance message to other teams watching at home this weekend.

It's a perfectly winnable game too. We've a decent record against City in recent years, and with them struggling to overcome South China midweek and putting in some pretty abysmal performances on a recent tour of South Africa, they're there for the taking.

You'll be able to follow all the action from the Far East today with us on Twitter @RokerReport as we tweet the action live, along with providing reports, ratings and reaction on our site later today.

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