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MAN CITY VS SUNDERLAND

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

MAN CITY VS SUNDERLAND

MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)

HART, SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, OTAMENDI, KOLAROV, FERNANDINHO, FERNANDO, DE BRUYNE, SILVA, STERLING, AGUERO

SUNDERLAND (5-3-2)

DEFOE, WATMORE, JOHNSON, M'VILA, TOIVONEN, VAN AANHOLT, KABOUL, O'SHEA, COATES, JONES, PANTILIMON

On Monday, Manchester City lost 2-1 to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, leaving them in third place and six points behind leaders Leicester City.

It further highlighted City's problems away from home.; of their 33 goals in the Premier League this season, no fewer than 25 have come at the Etihad Stadium.

Sunderland, meanwhile, have lost their last three and five of their last seven, results that leave the Black Cats in the relegation zone, in 19th place. And they arrive at the Etihad Stadium where they have never won in the Premier League.

In 11 visits to City's home ground, Sunderland have lost nine and drawn two. They last won at City in January 1998 in the second tier.

And Sunderland have picked up just five points in their last 11 Premier League away games, winning one, drawing two and losing eight. The Black Cats have also conceded the most goals (33) and have allowed their opponents the most shots on target (106) in the Premier League this season.

City recalled Sergio Aguero for the Arsenal game though, after three games out, he lasted just over an hour before being replaced. City were still without Vincent Komapny but the captain could return in time to face Sunderland.

Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta also missed the Emirates match and will undergo tests. But Samir Nasri is still absent.

Sunderland, meanwhile, will miss Jack Rodwell after the midfielder collected his fifth yellow card of the season, at Chelsea. Sebastian Larsson is also missing while Lee Cattermole a doubt after missing the last game with a back problem.