Sunderland v Manchester City Preview

November 9, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new English Premiership action Sunday Afternoon comes from the Stadium of Light and features Sunderland versus Manchester City.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 14:05pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Sunderland v Manchester City Preview, Premiership Sunday 10th November 2013

Sunderland head into this game having had a very difficult time of it so far this season, but things have started to look much better since the appointment of Gus Poyet and with striker Steven Fletcher now back involved having been out for much of the season due to injury, the hosts will definitely believe they can win this game.

Manchester City are in the kind of form at the moment that saw them clinch the Premiership Title a couple of season’s ago and everyone involved in the club will be looking at this game as one they will expect to take all 3pts from as Sunderland have had huge problems keeping goals out this season.

Sunderland v Manchester City Team News

Sunderland Team News:

Andrea Dossena and Lee Cattermole are the only two players unavailable for the hosts as they serve suspensions. 4-4-2 looks the likely formation with Fletcher and Altidore leading the attack up front with support in midfield being provided by Larsson, Borini and Colback.

Striker Steven Fletcher, Midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini and Midfielder Craig Gardner are the clubs current top goalscorers so far this season with 2.

Manchester City Team News:

David Silva and Vincent Kompany are both unavailable for the visitors with injury problems. Javi Garcia and Jovetic have returned back to the squad having now recovered from their recent injury problems, but neither look likley to be rushed back into action for this match. 4-4-2 looks the likely formation with Negredo and Aguero leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Nasri, Fernandinho and Ya Ya Toure.

Striker Sergio Aguero is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 8.

Sunderland v Manchester City Head to Head Statistics

Sunday afternoon’s game from the Stadium of Light will become the 118th meeting between the two clubs over the years. Sunderland have won 42 times, Manchester City have won 56 times and there has been 19 draws.

Recent meetings below in our head to head statistics table show that there has been nothing between the two sides over the last 5 games played with each club having won 2 games each and the remaining game having finished all square.

27/07/13 CLF Sunderland – Manchester City
0 : 1
26/12/12 PRL Sunderland – Manchester City
1 : 0
06/10/12 PRL Manchester City – Sunderland 3 : 0
31/03/12 PRL Manchester City – Sunderland 3 : 3
01/01/12 PRL Sunderland – Manchester City
1 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

377 goals have been scored in the previous 117 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.22 which suggests that this game sunday afternoon is likely to see a few goals scored.

Sunderland v Manchester City Recent Form (Left to Right)

Sunderland: L L W L W

Manchester City: W L W W W

Manchester City have a clear advantage on the recent form stats having won 4 of their last 5 games played. Sunderland have managed just 2 victories from their last 5 matches played of which they have lost the other 3.

Sunderland v Manchester City Match Betting Odds Market.

Sunderland are heading into this game having won two from their last three matches in all competitions, but do they have the squad available to cause a huge upset and beat Manchester City in this game ? I don’t think so and neither do the online bookmakers who have the hosts priced up at 8/1 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw has to be the best result that Sunderland can get from this game in my opinion and with home advantage where they do have a pretty decent record over Manchester City in recent years, I can certainly see some punters getting on the draw at a current best price of 4/1 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) as their cover bet for this game.

Manchester City are the clear favourites to win this match with the online bookmakers, which probably comes as no real surprise considering the way they have smashed teams put in front of them in recent weeks but their current best price of 2/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) does look a bit on the short side given their recent history at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland v Manchester City Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Sunderland do have a decent record against Manchester City in recent meetings at the Stadium of Light, but I just can’t honestly see this squad being anywhere near good enough to keep that run going and with Manchester City scoring goals for fun at the moment with Sergio Aguero and Negredo up front, the only thing that looks a certainty in this match is the Sunderland defence are going to be in for an extremely busy afternoon.

Unfortunately the current odds on Manchester City to win this game are very short indeed and offer no value at all from a betting point of view, but with the goal stats suggesting this game to see at least a few goals go in on sunday afternoon, betting markets like the Asian Handicap, Over 2.5 Goals and Anytime Goalscorers could be the places to look for the value here in what I am expecting to be another comfortable victory for Manuel Pellegrini and his side.

The Verdict

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