Preview: Sunderland vs. Manchester City

Sports Mole looks ahead to Manchester City's trip to Sunderland on Sunday.

Manchester City could move into the Premier League's top four on Sunday if they beat Sunderland and other results go their way.

Manuel Pellegrini's side currently sit fifth in the table, one point adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy fourth.

Sunderland remain rooted in the relegation zone following their 1-0 defeat to Hull City last Saturday, which was the club's fifth in six league games.

However, Gus Poyet will be encouraged by his side's 2-1 victory over Southampton in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

City come into the match off the back of their 5-2 success over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, which came three days after their 7-0 thrashing of Norwich City.

Sunderland will be without suspended duo Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena, who will both serve the second of their three-match bans following their dismissals at Hull.

David Silva and Vincent Kompany will miss the game for City due to injuries, while Costel Pantilimon is expected to retain his place in goal, which would see Joe Hart remain on the bench.

Recent form

Sunderland: LLLLWL

Man City: WLWWLW

Possible starting lineups

Sunderland: Westwood; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Colback; Johnson, Ki, Gardner, Giaccherini; Altidore, Fletcher

Man City: Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy; Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Milner; Aguero, Negredo

Sports Mole says: 1-3

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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