Something For The Weekend: 31/12/2011

 

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Mancini's Man City

Having seen a five-point lead over Manchester United evaporate, Roberto Mancini's men face could travel to Sunderland tomorrow three points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

The City manager will be keen to erase memories of last year's match on Wearside, which they lost 1-0 after wasting a host of chances. City have taken just two points from their last three away matches and if the multi-million-pound squad fails to fire again, their championship credentials will come under increasing scrutiny. The Italian will hope to avoid a new year's hangover and put the pressure back on the red half of Manchester.

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