Sunderland have become a bit of a bogey side for Manchester City in the past few season’s having done the double over them last season and to-night they will be trying to do the same having already beaten them 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
However Manchester City will be hoping to bounce back after a defeat to Chelsea and a shock draw against Norwich at the week-end as they try to get their season back on track and it could be a very bad time for the Black Cats to visit the Etihad!
Best Bet: James Milner to score Any-Time @4/1
Scorecast: Manchseter City 3-0 @13/2
First Goalscorer: Edin Dzeko @3/1
Defeat by Chelsea in their last match at the Etihad Stadium ended a run of 11 consecutive home wins for Man City and 61 Barclays Premier League games without failing to score on home turf.
The Black Cats have kept four clean sheets in their last six Barclays Premier League away matches.
Manchester City have not lost back to back Premier League home games since December 2008.
The Citizens have only kept one clean sheet in their last five Premier League home matches, shipping seven goals in total during this run.
Sunderland have gone six on the road without defeat in the Premier League (W3 D3 L0) – this after winning just one point in their eight PL away games (D1 L7) prior to this run.
Man City have won just two of the last eight Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W2 D2 L4), with all four of Sunderland’s victories being 1-0 wins.
James Milner has scored five goals against Sunderland in the Premier League; more than against any other Premier League opponent. This includes his first ever goal in the competition.
Former Man City man Adam Johnson has had a hand in eight goals so far in 2014 in the Premier League (six goals, two assists); more than any other player.
Since the start of their title winning season in 2011-12, Manchester City have conceded only four goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League games.
Manchester City have used just 23 players in the Premier League this season; fewer than any other side.