GUS POYET made two changes to his starting XI, with on-loan Liverpool centre-half Sebastian Coates - ineligible to face his parent club on Saturday - handed his Premier League debut for Sunderland.
Coates replaced the rested Wes Brown alongside John O’Shea, while Will Buckley was introduced for Adam Johnson, who suffered a knock in the weekend’s draw against Chelsea.
City also made two changes - both of which were enforced in central defence - with Dedryck Boyata and Martin Demichelis coming in for the injured Vincent Kompany and the suspended Eliaquim Mangala.
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Vergini, O’Shea, Coates, Reveillere, Cattermole, Rodwell, Larsson, Buckley, Wickham, Fletcher. Subs: Bridcutt, Brown, Cabral, Gomez, Altidore, Alvarez, Mannone
MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Boyata, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Navas, Jovetic, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Angel Tasende, Milner, Lampard, Fernando, Pozo