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Sunday April 3, 2011Match Preview: Manchester City v Sunderland

By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games

Manchester City welcome Sunderland to the City of Manchester Stadium looking to secure their position in fourth place after the disappointment of defeat to Chelsea in their last league outing.

With Tottenham breathing down their neck and the prospect of a showdown clash with the North Londoners coming up, Roberto Mancini’s men will be looking to get the three points against the Black Cats.

Reading Between the Lines

Sunderland are in a poor spell of form at the moment having won just one of their last six league encounters. A bright start to the campaign has fizzled out somewhat, and they’ve been far from prolific in front of goal this campaign.

After this fixture, City have three away clashes in their next four games, and they’ll be keen to make amends for the defeat at the Stadium of Light . In their favour is the statistic that shows the visitors have lost all six games with City at Eastlands in the Premier League, as well as the fact that the Black Cats haven’t scored a goal for three games.

Key Player

Carlos Tevez has lifted City on numerous occasions this season when City have struggled to break teams down, and Mancini will be looking for the Argentina international to continue his fine season.

Whilst Sunderland may have struggled of late, they’re still defensively sound having kept 12 clean-sheets, just one behind the league’s best tally which is jointly held by City.

Manchester City Team News

Micah will miss out due to his hamstring injury, and he’s joined on the injury table by fellow defender Jerome Boateng. Pablo Zabaleta remains in Argentina to stay with his ill father.