Manchester City will be aiming to return to the top of the Premier League this weekend when they host Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, but should a team with the quality of Sunderland really be 14/1 with Bet365?
With Manchester United not playing until Monday evening, City would go level on points with the current league leaders if they win and their superior goal difference means they would advance into 1st position.
They will certainly be the favourites to do just that too. The home form of Roberto Mancini in the Premier League has been fantastic, winning all 15 of their league matches at the Etihad Stadium.
Now is not the time for this run to come to an end either. City need to be professional and get the points in front of their own fans.
The return of Carlos Tevez to the fold means they have an overwhelming amount of attacking talent for Sunderland to contend with and the home side will be confident of causing the opposition problems from the off.
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As for Sunderland, they go into this game under very little pressure at all. They are the underdogs, while their position of 8th in the table means they don’t have a desperate need for the points.
Having said that, Martin O’Neill – who has done a superb job at the Stadium of Light – will demand a positive performance from his team as they look to put FA Cup quarter-final disappointment behind them.
The Black Cats have already beaten City this season too. In one of O’Neill’s first games in charge, they secured a 1-0 victory over the title challengers and it would certainly be a historic double if they took the points on Saturday.
Overall, this should be a thoroughly entertaining game between two teams who like to attack at pace. City are more likely to dictate the tempo of the game, but Sunderland will hope to play their part.
This one gets underway at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.