Manchester City will look to try to close the gap on Leicester on Tuesday as they travel North to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland. Sam Allardyce's side have two wins and a draw in their last three Premier League games which has seen them close the gap on the teams above them and they are now just four points from safety. The Black Cats have struggled all year for consistancy but coming towards the business end they have definitely been better. I think it's fair to say Allardyce and the Sunderland supporters will look at this game as one that wont define their season, if Sunderland take anything from this one it will be a bonus as Manchester City are perennial title contenders and are in superd form right now. With Jermaine Defoe, Fletcher, Borini and Larrson in their ranks there is talent here to win games and Defoe definitely is the ultimate goal poacher and will take advantage of any mistakes that Manchester City's defence makes.
Manchester City have kept themselves in the title race with their home form but City have definitely been fallible on their travels in fact Manchester City have won just one of their last eight away games in the League. It is tough to see Sunderland stopping this Manchester City team though with Aguero, Sterling, Toure and Iheanacho all hitting form at the same time, it's kind of tough to see any defence stopping them at the moment. Manuel Pelligrini's side look to push on now with a huge February ahead of them with games against Leicester, Tottenham, Chelsea (FA Cup) and Dynamo Kiev and then an away trip to Liverpool in the first week of March. February could truly be a season defining month for Manchester City.
I've looked at this game, it's obviously a let down spot for Manchester City but I just think this team is too professional to get caught on the hop here. I think Manchester City will win this one and do it comfortably. Taking Manchester City to win here -1 on the handicap as I see Sunderland as just too frail defensively against this potent Manchester City offence.