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City v Sunderland: Need to Know preview



Everything you need to know about the Blues' Boxing Day clash with the Black Cats.

Need to know

Match: City (3rd) v Sunderland (19th)

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Date and time: Saturday 26 December, 3pm

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Last time: City 3-2 Sunderland, 1 January 2015

Head to head record

Matches: 141

City wins: 66
Draws: 25
Sunderland wins: 50

Form (Premier League)


Sunderland: LWWLLL

Tickets: Available here

Key quotes

Manuel Pellegrini: "We have to try to focus game by game – the next is Sunderland, we try to beat them at home which is never an easy game."

Fernandinho: "Anybody who believes playing Sunderland at home will be easy is mistaken. I remember two seasons ago when we were going for the title and they held us 2-2 and last year, on New Year’s Day, they made it really difficult again though we eventually won 3-2."

Billy Jones (Sunderland defender): "We know we have to put in a great performance and have that little bit of luck, but chances will be few and far between so when we get them we have to be clinical and take them."

Team News

Out (City): Nasri

Out (Sunderland): Kaboul, Cattermole, Larsson, Matthews, Rodwell (suspended)

Further Reading

Fernandinho preview

Press conference

Global TV listings

Ticket information

Supporter information

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