Oct 6, 2012 at 12.45pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
3-0
Sunderland
Kolarov (5'), Milner (89'), Agüero (60')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Jimenez Cuellar (3'), Colback (81'), Gardner (88')

Roberto Mancini predicts tough Sunderland test

Mancini predicts tough Sunderland test
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Man City boss Roberto Mancini warns his players that their match against Sunderland on Saturday will be a tough test.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has expressed his belief that Saturday's match against Sunderland will be a tough test for his side.

City have a relatively poor record against Sunderland in recent times, winning just one of the last five meetings between the two sides.

The last two meetings have seen the Black Cats grab a dramatic late win which threatened to derail City's title bid last season and a late comeback from 3-1 down for City to rescue a point, and Mancini knows all too well that Sunderland will be no pushovers.

"It is very difficult because every time Sunderland play against us they play a fantastic game," said the Italian.

"Last year the point we got against Sunderland after we were 3-1 down with five minutes to go, and we equalised in the end with [Aleksandar] Kolarov, was an important point in the league."

City currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, while Sunderland are down in 13th with a game in hand.

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