Game: Manchester City – Sunderland
Date: 12 February, Wednesday 2014 year
Start time: 19:45 GMT
Manchester City hosts Sunderland at “Etihad”in game from 26 round of “Premiership”. Before this match, “The Citizens” are on 3th position in the stantings with 54 points, while “The Black Cats” are on 17th position with 24 points.
Manchester City will be looking to end a rare barren spell in front of goal when they welcome Sunderland on Wednesday after drawing blanks in their last two Barclays Premier League matches.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have scored more goals than any other team in the top flight with 68, but a 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea was followed by a 0-0 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.
If recent history is anything to go by then City will have their work cut out against a Sunderland side they have beaten just once in the last five league encounters. That triumph came in a 3-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season, with the last two meetings between the sides finishing 1-0 to Sunderland, including the reverse encounter this term last November.
Sunderland travel to Manchester on the back of a 2-0 defeat by Hull City at home on Saturday. In a further blow to manager Gus Poyet’s hopes for the match, experienced centre-back Wes Brown starts a two-match ban after his red card in last match.
The defeat by Hull ended a run of seven matches unbeaten across all competitions and Sunderland are sure to prove a stern outfit as they look to improve their survival prospects. As well as Brown, Sunderland remain without goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and striker Steven Fletcher (Achilles).
Sunderland opposition successfully Manchester City recently, after two wins in the last three games against “The Citizens”. Despite the defeat of Hull at the weekend, “The Black Cats” are in good form and expect not to lose by more than two goals away to “Etihad”.
Facts before match:
Man City have won 8 of their last 9 home matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Man City have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 home matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Man City have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 home matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Man City are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 matches in the Premier League.