Can Sunderland continue their fine form against Man City this midweek?
While the big match and major talking point in the Premier League in this round of midweek games is the Arsenal v Manchester United match at The Emirates, there is an equally interesting game happening at The Etihad Stadium this Wednesday.
City are impressive in front of their own fans this season, with 11 wins in 12 Premier League matches and they have lost only to Chelsea and Bayern Munich winning here in all competitions, but they are facing one of their bogey teams in Sunderland. City have managed just two wins in eight meetings with Gus Poyet’s men, while Sunderland have won four and drawn two of the other six. Can they increase that amount this midweek?
GR88.com see the City home record this season being more pertinent than the recent history of matches between them and Sunderland.
Manchester City – 1.18
Draw – 7.00
Sunderland – 16.50
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
City may have a fantastic record of 11 wins from 12 Premier League games at The Etihad Stadium and 17 wins in 19 home games in all competitions this season, but they come into this game with Sunderland having failed to score in two games thanks to a 1-0 home loss to Chelsea being followed by a weekend 0-0 draw at Carrow Road. However, I do not expect this lack of goals to last too long as they have 72 goals in their games at home this season and their 68 Premier League goals in their 25 matches has them as the division’s top scorers.
Sunderland will take heart from three clean sheets in their last four matches, although they were beaten 2-0 at home by Hull at the weekend, and the fact that they have won both of their last two matches with City in the Premier League. Both of these wins came at the Stadium of Light and the hosts kept clean sheets in both 1-0 wins and despite losing 3-0 at The Etihad Stadium last season they were not outplayed, bar in front of goal, and they will feel that they can challenge at one of the toughest places to come in the Premier League.
As well as their belief, Sunderland have an unbeaten run of six matches away from home before today, winning three and drawing three, with them keeping four clean sheets during this time. I’m not confident of Sunderland getting something from this match on Wednesday evening, but I can certainly see them challenging City and I can see them covering the +2 goal handicap that GR88.com have placed on this match. Even if they are beaten I do not see City winning by at least three goals and, as such, I’m putting my cash on the visitors to impress in this Manchester City v Sunderland game and continue their reputation as City’s bogey team.
Back Sunderland +2 goals at The Etihad against Manchester City @ 1.96 with GR88.com.