UK time is: 21:37:45
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sunderland vs. Manchester City

Stadium of Light

01/01/12

3pm

On Sky

Stadium Of Light Welcomes League Leaders

The Stadium of Light welcomes league leaders Manchester City in a game which could see the Citizens restore a three point gap between themselves and second placed rivals Manchester United.

After the set back against Chelsea, successive victories seemed to indicate that Roberto Mancini's side has what it takes to bounce back from adversity - but as the draw againt West Bromwich Albion proved, there are no easy wins in this league and anything can happen in 90 minutes. Just ask Sir Alex Ferguson.

Vital Quotes:

MON was full of praise for today's opponents, stating: 'Manchester City have taken it even to another level at the moment, and really, while these are the rules applying to the game, good luck to them.

'They are a really, really top quality side and they have got strength in depth to go with it, which is very, very important these days.'

Sunderland Team News:

Sunderland have been racking up injuries like it's in fashion. Phil Bardsley, Titus Bramble, Kieran Richardson, Connor Wickham, Fraiser Campbell, Craig Gordon and Simon Mignolet are all out for The Black Cats, providing MON with a defensive crisis on his hands.

Player to watch: Sebastian Larsson

The 26-year-old Swede was even linked with City before moving to Sunderland from relegated midlands side Birmingham City. If that isn't a testament to his quality then I don't know what is.

The winger is an exciting proposition and can score some fantastic goals at times. He is one of those players that will pop up with an absolute stunner to change the game.

If he is in form today, City will struggle to keep him under control - especially with the likes of Aleksandar Kolorov marking him.

Manchester City Team News:

No news is good news when injury's are concerned. The only considerations Mancini will have to make are for the vital Liverpool clash 48 hours later. Shuffling the pack has been a crucial element to City's challenge this season, keeping players fresh and injury free for the most part.

Player to watch: Edin Dzeko

Dzeko is just the man City need if they are to penetrate 'backs to the wall' game plans. They sorely missed a target man against West Brom and I believe Mancini will recognise this fact and plump for the huge Bosnian.

Dzeko has been somewhat unlucky not to start more games. The fluidity of play when the likes of Aguero has been in the side means that he has had to bide him time - much like Nigel de Jong.

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

While Sunderland may just park the bus ala West Brom last week, I don't believe that they are as drilled and disciplined as Roy Hodgeson's side. Although Martin O'Neill coming in has given Sunderland a lift, there is no escaping the fact that this year, they just arn't very good. Defensively, the arrivals of experienced former United 'stars' John O'Shea and Wes Brown has added very little. There was a good reason they didn't start every week at Old Trafford. Midfield is Sunderland's only real saving grace, but this is an area of the field in which City tend to dominate. If The Black Cats hope to get anything from this game, they will stick 11 men behind the ball and hope for a bit of luck. Unfortunately, I think they will need more than luck to save them today. Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City

Next Fixtures:

Premier league: Home to Liverpool on Tuesday 3rd January @ 8pm.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 1 2012

Time: 2:36PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Stats: West Ham v Manchester City (Saturday October 25 2014)

Team News: West Ham United v City (Saturday October 25 2014)

No City Refunds?! (Friday October 24 2014)

The Ped INTO Europe Report CSKA 2-2 City (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Pellegrini Denies We Are Now Outsiders (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Team News: CSKA Moscow v City (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Pellegrini Praises Our Mozart (Sunday October 19 2014)

The Ped Report....City 4-1 Spurs (Sunday October 19 2014)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 201
2. Skoorb 147
3. fifthcolumnblue 106
4. Bluedub 76
5. kennyclementstache 67
6. PhillyBlueMoon 51
7. CITYBOY1000 51
8. rojo2010 47
9. johnkelv 42
10. citizhun 40

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
West Ham 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Spurs
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Man City
Hull City 2 - 4 Man City
Man City 1 - 1 Chelsea
Arsenal 2 - 2 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 8 7 1 0 +15 22
2. Southampton 9 6 1 2 +15 19
3. Man City 9 5 2 2 +9 17
4. West Ham 9 5 1 3 +5 16
5. Arsenal 9 3 5 1 +4 14
6. Liverpool 9 4 2 3 +1 14
7. Man Utd 8 3 3 2 +3 12

Breaking League News

Pick Of The Bunch!
» West Ham : 25/10/2014 20:32:00
Warnock Fumes Following Speroni Assault
» Crystal Palace : 25/10/2014 20:13:00
» Leicester City : 25/10/2014 19:34:00
» Sunderland : 25/10/2014 17:31:00
» Crystal Palace : 25/10/2014 17:06:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Your Favourite Kun Goal Against Spurs?
Suggested By:  Shaun Gloater
Agüero 13′ 37%
Agüero 20′(pen) 0%
Agüero 68′ (pen) 9%
Agüero 75′ 54%