Echo Jury: Manchester City is a mighty challenge, but Sunderland must front up

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MAN City at home this season have been emphatic to say the least, writes Matthew Foster.

Only four clubs in the league have left the Etihad Stadium seeing less than three goals against them. And only one of them ended with City failing to win.

So I’m sure the players will be aware of the threat of City and know they’ll have to be on top of their game.

There’s no bigger test than for Vergini, who should make his first league start for Sunderland.

I haven’t seen enough of him yet to give an opinion, but no doubt I’ll know more after tonight.

He’ll probably be the only change to the squad that started against Hull. That team on paper seems our strongest, and the more they play together, the stronger we become.

I expect us to play our normal game, and not opt for ‘parking the bus’ for 90 minutes and hoping for the best.

Playing like that is too dangerous against any side, let alone Man City.

If we get anything from this, we’ll have done exceptionally well. But even just one point could be crucial come the end of the season.

Prediction: Man City 3 Sunderland 1