Seb Larsson has promised Sunderland will test Manchester City’s title-chasing ambitions to the limit at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
The Black Cats have become a different proposition in less than a month under Martin O’Neill’s management – losing only one of his four games, and that by just 1-0 away to high-flying Spurs.
And Larsson says Sunderland will give everything they have on Sunday to protect O’Neill’s unbeaten record on Wearside.
“It is not an easy place to come and we want to get it back to the fortress it has been in the past,” said the Swede.
“Everton looked very happy to take a point on Boxing Day, which shows how hard it is to come to Sunderland at the moment. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come.
“We are now expecting to pick up points and that will be no different when we play Manchester City.
“Hopefully we can produce a good display at the Stadium of Light with the backing of a big crowd.
“We know it is going to be incredibly hard against Manchester City with the players they have and how well they have been doing this season.
“However, it is one of those games you really look forward to as you can test yourself against the very best players.
“Let’s see what we can do.
“With them supporting us all the way, if we turn in a good display, it will not be an easy place for City to come.
“So let’s see what we can do.”
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