Sunderland vs Manchester City preview: Kompany and Kolarov return to squad

By Ric Turner, Fri 03 March 2017 15:57

Sunderland vs Manchester City preview: Kompany and Kolarov return to squadGuardiola given injury boost as defenders recover from injury

Sunderland vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.00pm, Sunday 5th March 2017

Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: S Child, A Holmes Fourth Official: P Tierney

Odds: Sunderland 10/1, Draw 5/1, City 2/7

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports


Manager: David Moyes

Squad (from): Pickford, Mannone, Jones, O'Shea, Kone, Kirchoff, Larsson, Rodwell, Khazri, Borini, Defoe, Djilobodji, Love, Januzaj, Pienaar, Rodwell, Manquillo, Ndong, Lescott, Gibson

Injured: Anichebe, Watmore, McNair, Cattermole

Doubtful: Jones, Mannone, Pienaar, Rodwell, Kirchoff

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLDWLL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Adarabioyo, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Sagna, Stones, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Garcia, Navas, Nolito, Sane, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho

Injured: Jesus, Gundogan

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWDWW

Vincent Kompany and Aleksandar Kolarov are both available again after injury, giving Pep Guardiola a virtually fully fit squad to choose from. Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and Gabriel Jesus (foot) are the only absentees for the trip to the Stadium of Light.

“Kolarov is fit, yeah," Guardiola confirmed at today's press conference.  

“I think it must not be easy for Vincent. I understand completely because what happened in the training session was nothing, it was not serious like before.

“It is the last process. Yesterday he trained with us, so he is ready to come back. Since the previous injury it was a month or a month and a half being fit.

“Of course, he didn’t play because of my decision - but he was fit. Hopefully that happens in the last two, three months of the season.”

City's last away game at Sunderland ended in a 1-0 victory, with Sergio Aguero on the scoresheet for City. Overall City have won 69 of the 145 games played against Sunderland, with 26 draws and 50 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Caballero, Sagna, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Sunderland 1 City 2