Manchester city going to the weekend’s match against Sunderland knowing that they could suffer a fourth straight 1-0 defeat against the north-east club. This would seriously harm their chances of winning the title this season, as they have already lost three matches in the league. City have seen Chelsea drop points in the 2-2 draw with West Brom on Saturday. Arsenal and Manchester United will be playing each other after the city match, which will give a great advantage to Manuel Pellegrini’s men if they managed to take three points.
Bookmakers predict that this match will be a scoring affair. This is largely because Sunderland have won the last four matches with a grand total of four goals. City also come into the encounter on the back of a four of a form, which has seen them take just one win since the start of the season. It came against fellow relegation threatened West Ham a few weeks ago. City manager Manuel Pellegrini did admit that he is concerned about the poor away form of the club, but they have been showing signs of improvement when it comes to their away form in Europe.
Bet365 are offering odds of just around 3.5 for city taking a victory. Sunderland are really struggling in the relegation zone, but they have won the last two home matches under Gus Poyet. They are back at 8/1 in order to create yet another upset at the stadium of light. A draw is given odds of around 4/1 by several bookmakers across England.
“I am very happy (with my tally) not only for the goals, but for the victories. I think most of my goals have helped to win the three points and that’s the most important thing for me,” said star striker Sergio Aguero ahead of the match.