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Preview: Can Sunderland Keep City Run Going?

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It couldn't be 1-0 AGAIN, could it? Could it??!

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Sunderland team news

Gus Poyet has reported no fresh injury concerns for the visit of champions Manchester City, though Emanuelle Giaccherini and Billy Jones remain sidelined.

Fatigue would appear to be the major concern after such a huge effort against Chelsea last time out, so Poyet may need to make a decision on some squad rotation, with Will Buckley and Jordi Gomez hoping for recalls.

One big question will be whether or not Wes Brown is capable of playing two such demanding games in shich a short space of time, so Sebastian Coates stands-by.

Manchester City team news

City lost their two first choice centre backs at Southampton last week, with Eliaquim Mangala being sent off and Vincent Kompany picking up a hamstring injury.

Martin Demichelis is expected to return, with Dedryck Boyata and Bacary Sagna competing for the other spot.

Predicted line-ups

Sunderland vs Manchester City - Football tactics and formations

Key match-up: John O'Shea v Sergio Aguero

The Sunderland skipper kept Diego Costa well and truly under wraps last week and he'll need to be even better against Aguero. The Argentinian is a much more slippery customer who'll look to run in behind and drag him away from the centre, so is far more equipped to give the veteran Irishman a tough night.

Recent form: LDWWW

Man City 1-2 CSKA Moscow (Toure)

QPR 2-2 Man City (Aguero 2)

Man City 2-1 Swansea (Jovetic, Toure)

Man City 3-2 Bayern Munich (Aguero 3)

Southampton 0-3 Man City (Toure, Lampard, Clichy)

Last time around: Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City 10/11/2013

Phil Bardsley scored the winner on another memorable afternoon at the Stadium of Light against a Man City who arrived in the north east having scored 12 goals in their previous two matches.

The ref: Craig Pawson

Pawson is one of the newer names to the referees pool and takes charge of Sunderland for the second time this season having previously been the man in the middle for the 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. It will be, however, his first brish with Man City this campaign.

What the managers said

Gus Poyet

We are not even near where I want.

I would like to control games a lot more - pass the ball more and do plenty of things so we have to defend less.

For different reasons, it's not been possible so we're trying to adapt to being a difficult team to beat and then taking our chances.

Manuel Pellegrini

It's a tough team to play. They defend very well and they know exactly what they must do. We hope this time we have more luck.

They have a very good manager who knows the Premier League.

Roker Report predicts

1-0, aye? That's what we always do against Man City, right? You do wonder just how long this insane run can carry on against such a class team. I worry the legs will be a little too weary after the Chelsea heroics, so I'll go 1-1 instead with City finally getting that equaliser.