Mario Balotelli starts up front for Manchester City, alongside Edin Dzeko. Vincent Kompany returns to their defence after a four-game absence
City boss Roberto Mancini has challenged his team to ‘play with concentration’ to ‘win the last eight games’ as they seek a first top-flight title since 1968. ‘We stayed at the top for five months, we want to get back on top and stay there until the end,’ he adds. Sunderland counterpart Martin O’Neill admits: “On their own patch City’s record is absolutely incredible. If we’re not focused, we will suffer accordingly.
Man City team v Sunderland: Hart, Richards, Kolo Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, De Jong, Yaya Toure, Silva, Balotelli, Milner, Dzeko
Sunderland team v Man City: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, Cattermole, Larsson, Gardner, Kilgallon, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Bendtner