IF this game produces anything like the entertainment the corresponding fixture provided last season, then us travelling fans and the watching nation will be in for a treat.
Seven goals were shared, red cards were waved, managers were sacked, and even Jordan Henderson scored! It was indeed a strange game.
Nevertheless, I would settle for a dull 0-0 draw, and an injury-free afternoon.
After seeing Asamoah Gyan take half the Man City team to the cleaners on Tuesday night, I hope the Ghanaian can repeat the trick at the City of Manchester Stadium. The striker was simply unplayable against England, and he will represent our main threat on Sunday.
I hope Steve Bruce pairs newly-crowned international Danny Welbeck up with Gyan, forming a strike force full of creativity and, more importantly, confidence.
In midfield, I expect Sulley Muntari to recover from his various knocks, whilst Lee Cattermole will provide a bit more backbone against the might of Yaya Toure.
Although he is out of form, I can’t see Steve Bruce dropping Jordan Henderson, while Sessegnon will complete the quartet.
The threat posed by City can be unstoppable, yet filling a team pull of overpaid prima donnas is not necessarily the answer. The likes of Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli, James Milner, and Adam Johnson are world class on their day but there seems a lack of team harmony in the blue half of Manchester.
If we can remain tight, and catch them on the break then we may have a chance, but I still expect moneybags City to triumph.
Prediction: Man City 2 Sunderland 0
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