Kolarov returns to squad but Delph misses out
Sunderland vs Manchester City
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 7.45pm, Tuesday 2nd February 2016
Venue: The Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Referee: Stuart Attwell Assistants: M Mullarkey, S Child Fourth Official: P Tierney
Odds: Sunderland 13/2, Draw 7/2, City 1/2
Tickets: Available via mcfc.co.uk
TV: Match of the Day
Manager: Sam Allardyce
Squad (from): Harper, Mannone, Pickford, Stryjek, Brown, Jones, Kirchhoff, Kone, O'Shea, Van Aanholt, Yedlin, Cattermole, Gomez, Johnson, Khazri, M'Vila, Rodwell, Borini, Defoe, Gooch, Lens, N'Doye, Toivonen, Watmore.
Injured: Kaboul, Matthews, Larsson
Form guide: DLWWLL
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Angelino, Clichy, Demichelis, Humphreys, Kolarov, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, Celina, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho
Injured: Nasri, Kompany, Bony, Mangala, Delph, De Bruyne
Form guide: DWDWDW
Fabian Delph misses out after picking up a knock against his former club Aston Villa at the weekend. The England international joins Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala on the sidelines, but Aleksandar Kolarov returns to the squad.
Pellegrini said: “The injuries are the same names with Kompany, Mangala, Samir Nasri, De Bruyne and Bony. The player that is fit is Kolarov. Fabian Delph has a small problem from the last game so he’s not on the squad list for tomorrow.
“It’ just a kick in Fabian’s calf - it’s not a serious injury. We have to play again on Saturday so I don’t want to take the risk.”
“I don’t know if Wilfried’s injury is serious but it’s longer. He tried to start working harder and he couldn’t, so he’s now restarting.”
City's last away game at The Stadium of Light ended in a 4-1 victory earlier this season in a Capital One Cup clash, with Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling amongst the goals. Overall City have won 67 of the 143 games played against the Black Cats, with 26 draws and 50 defeats.
Prediction: Sunderland 1 City 3