by Ian S. Palmer
Things don’t look too promising for Sunderland this Tuesday, February 2 even though they’re playing at home at the Stadium of Light since they’ll be taking on Manchester City in an important English Premier League tilt. The two sides have already met twice this season with Man City walking away with a pair of 4-1 victories. City is still aiming for another league title while Sunderland, as usual, is in a relegation fight again this season. Neither team can afford to drop points in this fixture, but one or both of them are going to come away disappointed.
Sunderland vs Manchester City – Pinnacle SOCCER BETTING LINE:
- Pinnacle currently lists Man City as the favorites at -205 with Sunderland +652 and a draw at +365
Sunderland vs Manchester City – Head to Head:
- Man City beat Sunderland 4-1 at home on Boxing Day in league action and also downed them 4-1 three months earlier in the English League Cup. Man City also won 3-2 at home last season in Premier League play and 4-1 at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland’s last win came in late 2013 when they downed City 1-0 at home in the league. Overall, these two sides have met 142 times with Man City winning 67, losing 50 and drawing the other 25. Sunderland has won just twice in the past 10 matches in all competitions.
Man City enters the weekend tied for second place in the Premier League standings with 44 points, which is equal to Arsenal and just three behind league-leading Leicester. They have 13 wins, five draws and five losses on the season with a league-high 45 goals scored and 23 allowed. They’ve played 11 games on the road with four of them being wins, four being draws and the other three being losses. City has scored a dozen of their goals this campaign on the road and has allowed 11 against. They’ve won just one of their past six away fixtures to go along with three draws and a pair of defeats. City has six clean sheets on the road and has been shut out four times. Overall, they have 10 clean sheets and have failed to score on five occasions.
Sunderland still sits in 19th position in the 20-team league with just 19 points. They’ve managed just five wins this year along with four draws and 14 defeats. Sunderland has scored 28 goals and allowed a league-high 46 against. They have just three wins at home with three draws and five defeats along with 13 goals for and 12 against. They’ve kept two clean sheets at home so far this season and have been shut out on four occasions. Overall, Sunderland has three clean sheets to their name and has been shut out seven times. The team has two wins, a draw and three losses in their last six home encounters.
Sunderland enters the match with a relatively healthy side as just Jack Rodwell and Adam Matthews are expected to miss it due to injury. As for Man City, Samir Nasri is still out along with Kevin de Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Vincent Kompany.
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