In this fixture last year, Ji Dong Won scored an injury time winner in the Stadium of Light to give Sunderland a win over Man City, the then league leaders.
Since then both teams have had a reversal of fortunes, with City winning the Premier League with another notable injury time goal, and currently lie in second in the table four points off the top. Meanwhile Sunderland are in 15th position and four points above the relegation zone.
Man City are unbeaten away from home this season in the Premier League. City have also only lost once in the league this season. They have gone 11 league games without defeat since the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Emirates in April.
Sunderland are attempting to record back to back home wins for the first time since March. The Wearsiders have only won one of their last eight Boxing day matches. (W1 D4 L3).
Manchester City have made three changes to their team for the trip to Sunderland, with Maicon, Vincent Kompany and James Milner coming in to the team in place of Karim Rekik, Matija Nastasic and Saturday’s match-winner, Gareth Barry. There is no John O’Shea for Sunderland, with Carlos Cuellar taking the captain’s armband and Matthew Kilgallon back in the team.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble, Westwood.
Manchester City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, K Toure, Nastasic, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva, Milner, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Rekik, Barry, Razak, Sinclair, Dzeko.
Sunderland are aiming to win his fixture 1-0 at home for the third successive season. However the previous two wins are their only wins in the last 15 against Manchester City, the Black Cats have lost 11 and drawn two of their encounters with the current Premier League champions. Interestingly, there has not been a goalless between these sides in the league since 1938.
Both teams recent form points to one rational conclusion, a Manchester City victory. City are 8/15 and Sunderland are priced at 6/1. A stalemate at the Stadium of Light is priced at 3/1.
Argentine pair Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero are both priced at 4/1 to score first and 6/5 to score anytime. Tevez looks set to break his recent goal drought in this encounter and looks the better bet.