Gus Poyet’s side pulled off one of the shock results of last season when securing a point at the Etihad in April, which sparked the relegation-bound club into life and inevitably cemented their top-flight status.
Last year’s Premier League champions have beaten Sunderland only once in their last six league encounters and haven’t won on Wearside since August 2008.
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PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Manchester City 2 (Fernandinho, Nasri) Sunderland 2 (Wickham 2), Premier League, April 2014
Manchester City 3 (Toure, Nasri, Navas) Sunderland 1 (Borini), Capital One Cup final, March 2014
Sunderland 1 (Bardsley) Manchester City 0, Premier League, November 2013
Head to head record: 50 Sunderland wins, 25 draws, 63 Manchester City wins.
Sunderland have lost only one of their last six Premier League games against Manchester City.
Manchester City have been beaten only once away from home this season, losing 2-1 to West Ham.
Manchester City have failed to beat Sunderland on their last five Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light.
This exact Premier League fixture has finished 1-0 on the last four occasions.
Sunderland to win: 7
Manchester City to win: 1.54
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