Sunderland v Manchester City Preview

July 26, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredThe 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy concludes on Saturday afternoon with Sunderland taking on Manchester City in the Final of the competition to be played at the Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po.

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 13:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Sunderland v Manchester City Preview, 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy, Saturday 27th July 2013

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio was a very happy man midweek when his side comfortably beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the Semi Final of the Barclays Asia Trophy and that result will surely have everyone involved in the squad confident of winning this tournament now and getting their new season campaign off to the perfect start.

Manchester City also won their Semi Final match midweek, defeating hosts South China 1-0 thanks to a Edin Dzeko header on 26 minutes, but with conditions extremely difficult with the pitch having been churned up by the earlier game, the match was lucky to see one goal as the players just couldn’t play their normal game due to the state of the pitch.

That victory was the first for new manager Manuel Pellegrini having lost their previous two games in the South Africa Tour and if the pitch has had enough time to be repaired then Manchester City obviously have a huge chance of making it win number two and pick up their first trophy of the season.

Sunderland v Manchester City Team News

Sunderland Team News:

Adam Johnson and Josmer Altidore were extremely impressive during the 3-1 victory over Tottenham midweek so I would expect those two players to definitely be involved in the starting lineup for this one. Moberg Karlsson could also be handed a start having come on and scored his first goal for the club.

Manchester City Team News:

I wouldn’t expect coach Manuel Pellegrini to make many changes to his starting eleven for this game, but Alvaro Negredo could be handed a place in the starting lineup having impressed when coming on in the midweek victory over South China. Others that could also be handed a start include, Jack Rodwell and Micha Richards as Pellegrini will definitely want to win this trophy come saturday afternoon.

Sunderland Head v Manchester City to Head Statistics

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
03/04/11 PRL Manchester City – Sunderland 5 : 0

Who Has The Advantage?

The two clubs have met each an amazing 116 previous times with Sunderland having won 42, Manchester City having won 55 and there having been 19 Draws which shows Manchester City with a clear advantage having won 13 matches more.

Recent meetings between the two clubs shows Sunderland having won 2, Manchester City having won 2 and there being 1 draw and another interesting stat is that only one of those previous 5 games shown in our head to head statistics table has seen both sides get on the score-sheet.

Average Goals Per Game?

376 goals have been scored during those previous 116 meetings which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.24 which indicates that this game on saturday afternoon could see it’s fair share of goals scored.

Sunderland v Manchester City Recent Form

Sunderland: D L W W W

Manchester City: W W L L W

Both sides head into this Asia Trophy Final on saturday afternoon both having won three of their last five matches played.

Sunderland v Manchester City Match Betting Odds Market.

Sunderland certainly impressed me last week with their 3-1 victory over Spurs and another performance like that could easily see them cause a bit of an upset and win this tournament. However, the online bookmakers don’t seem to think that’s possible with their current best price of 5/1 with Betfred – £50 Free Bets for New Customers on offer.

The Draw could be a sensible play if the pitch conditions are anything like they were in the second match midweek involving South China and Manchester City as neither side will be able to play any kind of passing game and we could see this tournament decided by a penalty shoot-out, so a current best price of 3/1 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers does look decent value considering.

Manchester City do have a stronger squad in my opinion, but that have not really gelled as a team yet under new manager Manuel Pellegrini so their current best price of 8/15 with Sky Bet – £10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers does look a bit on the short side for me.

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

Based on previous results when these two teams have met, this game on saturday afternoon promises to be a bit of a cracker and with the goal stats suggesting at least a few goals to be scored, we should be in for plenty of excitement.

Sunderland are not without a chance of causing a huge upset here in my opinion as I was very impressed with the way they played against Tottenham Hotspur midweek and with Adam Johnson and Josemer Altidore looking extremely good up front, I can certainly see them causing the Manchester City defence plenty of problems.

Manchester City have a very strong squad to choose their starting eleven from and with this tournament being one that manager Manuel Pellegrini will desperately want to win, it would be foolish to rule them out of winning this match.

However, their current best price is extremely short and offers no value at all from a betting point of view and the sensible option for this game does seem to be the goals market.

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