Manchester City vs Sunderland: how will Sunderland fare against the title favourites?

Manchester City vs Sunderland: how will Sunderland fare against the title favourites?
Aug 12, 2016

Manchester City Sunderland


After a long wait, the Premier League season is back with a whole host of new managers, including two new managers in the game at the Etihad stadium.

For Sunderland, it has been a long few weeks. From the departure of Sam Allardyce to the more recent Lamine Kone transfer saga. However, Saturday will be a chance for Sunderland fans to take their minds off transfers and watch some football under new manager David Moyes.

Moyes will be hoping to take advantage of Pep Guardiola ‘s lack of Premier League experience and give Sunderland the kick start that they have lacked for years now. Obviously, the challenge will be very difficult for the black cats as they take on the title favorites, but it’s not an impossible task as they have shown in home fixtures in the recent seasons.

New additions



Papy Djilobodji (£8m)

Paddy McNair (£5m)

Donald Love (£0.5m)

Adnan Januzaj (loan)


Major doubts

Moyes today confirmed that Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, Billy Jones and Seb Larsson will all miss out on tomorrow’s game. This is a huge blow for Sunderland’s already low squad numbers and could mean that youngsters Paddy McNair and Lynden Gooch could feature which for both players could be their perfect chance to show that they are good enough to start.
Predicted XI


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Goalkeeper: I’ve gone with Vito Mannone. This will be a particularly difficult choice for David Moyes with both keepers looking for the number one spot this season. Mannone would be the safer option and in our current position, Moyes will want to play it safe.


Right back: Due to numerous injuries I’ve gone for Donald Love. The young right back only signed a day ago but due to the injuries of Billy Jones and Seb Larsson he’s the best option for that position.


Centre back: Younes Kaboul is almost certain to play. He’s been solid during pre season and was solid last season and due to Papy Djilobodji only recently signing and the problems with Lamine Kone I’d imagine he’ll not only be the first name on the team sheet but also captain the side.



Centre back: This was another tough choice but I’ve gone for Papy Djilobodji. Again due to the situation with Lamine Kone. At this time he doesn’t seem to be in the right frame of mind to start.


Left back: There’s only one player who can start at left back and that’s Patrick Van Aanholt. A machine last season defensively and also attacking.

Defensive midfielder: Due to injuries there are only two players that can realistically play in this position, the first of which being Jack Rodwell. He’ll be hoping to improve under new manager David Moyes.


Defensive midfielder: The second defensive midfielder is Paddy McNair, despite being a natural fullback McNair can play in this position.


Attacking midfielder: David Moyes confirmed that new signing Adnan Januzaj will be in the squad tomorrow and it is likely that he will play in this position rather than as a winger as Moyes sees him as the solution to his attacking midfielder problem.


Left midfielder: Wahbi Khazri was great playing in this position last season and will be looking to continue that.


Right midfielder: Jeremain Lens has spoken of his desire to break back into the first team and due to squad shortages and the recent return of Jermain Defoe from injury, this could be his chance to play moving Borini to fill Defoe’s position.


Striker: It’s no secret that Fabio Borini wants to play as a number nine and with Defoe’s only recent return from injury this may be his chance to prove that he can battle with Defoe.




I’ve gone for an ambitious 1-0 win to Sunderland. Manchester City will need to adapt to Pep Guardiola’s new style of play which could take time whereas Moyes has a similar style to former manager Sam Allardyce. Despite the low squad numbers, I believe that the defense and attack are good enough to contain Manchester City in Pep’s first game in charge.

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