Sunderland vs Manchester City by Luke
Sunderland didn't manage to get a victory in the previous game played in Premier League, coming into this one after a 1:1 draw at home against Bournemouth. Actually, they could be happy with the final result, since their guests had more of the ball possession and somehow looked more concrete with the ball to their feet, taking the lead in 13th minute with a goal from Afobe, but the hosts managed to equalize in first minute of additional time in the first halftime via van Aanholt.
During the second half, visitors were a bit more active, but as the time progressed both teams looked more and more defensive, trying to hold on to the point earned. With this draw, they remained second from the bottom, having four points less than safely placed Norwich. Even though the difference isn't big, it's hard to see them surviving this time, since the team has quite limited depth in their roster. Sunderland should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Defoe as their only striker. Adam Matthews (rigth full back, 1/0) is injured, same as central defender Younes Kaboul (13/0) who is doubtful for this one however. Under question mark is also performance of defender Jan Kirchhoff who anyway played only once. Manager Sam Allardyce will probably put newly signed Wahbi Khazri into the starting lineup.
Manchester City, on the other side, had a bit less time to prepare for this one, since the team played FA Cup game away to Aston Villa last weekend. The Citizens have cruised to another easy victory, this time with a 4:0 result as they secured the participation in last sixteen rounds, where the team will face up against Chelsea.
Iheanacho was their star in that game, since the Nigerian scored three goals, in 4th, 24th and 74th minute, with Sterling sealing their victory with the fourth goals in 76th. From the start of the game it was all about the Citizens, while the players of Villa did try to do something, but except having meaningless ball possession, they weren't able to create many dangerous situations in front of opponents goal. Back to Premier League duties, Manchester City is three points below first placed Leicester and there is no doubt that the team aims nothing but easy three pointer here. Citizens will most likely continue with their usual 4-2-3-1 formation with Aguero as top striker and with the help of Navas, Silva and Sterling. Offensive midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (19/5) is out for more than ten months with a knee and ankle injury. Left full back Aleksandar Kolarov (19/2) is injured, same as central defenders Eliaquim Mangala (14/0) and Vincent Kompany (9/2) and offensive midfielder Samir Nasri (7/1). Despite a hat-trick from Kelechi Iheanacho, Sergio Aguero will return to the starting lineup for sure.
Citizens to prevail with ease here is my call. Sunderland simply can't match this time and the visitors should be able to get a victory here with three or more goals scored. They've won both previous encounters with a 4:1 result and I expect similar score this time too.