Sunderland v Manchester City
16:00 - 5/3/2017 - Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Man City ended Huddersfield’s FA Cup dreams abruptly after the Terriers took the lead early, scoring five unanswered goals after putting five past Monaco in last week’s midweek fixture. After a weekend without a Premier League fixture they’ll have few fears about their upcoming trip to the Stadium of Light. The width of the crossbar was all that stopped Jermain Defoe equalising for Sunderland against Everton last week, but as it was they went down 2-0, and they remain rock-bottom of the table.
Sunderland are coming into this in truly miserable form: they’ve won just one of their last 11 across all competitions, and they’ve not won on home turf in the league since mid-December, failing to score in their two most recent outings. They held Liverpool and Tottenham to draws in January at home, but their record against top-six sides is poor otherwise – they had lost each of the six matches they’d played against current top-six teams prior to the draw with Tottenham. Man City’s record against bottom-six sides this season is good – their only loss was to Leicester at the King Power, and they’ve won four and drawn one elsewhere – but they’ve conceded in all but one of those six games, and of top-six sides only Liverpool concede more than City on the road, so we’d expect Sunderland to create some chances.
Sunderland will struggle to keep City at bay, but with Defoe continuing to look threatening, we think they can at least find the net. We’ll back City to Win and Both Teams to Score.