Manchester City start the New Year at Etihad against Sunderland, the 14th placed team with only 20 points out of 19 matches. The interesting statistics for the clash is the fact that: in the last six head to head matches, three ended with the same 1-0 score while the other three saw at least three goals being scored.
Sunderland have a mixed form in Premier League where they are unable to win ever since the three points against Stoke City but look far better in away games where they are undefeated in five games. Adam Johnson (8.00 odds to score) and Steven Fletcher (5.40 odds to score) will be in charge of creating goalscoring opportunities, while Poyet will have to do without Anthony Reveillere sidelined for at least a month after a calf muscle tear picked up during warm up and he is set to be replaced by Billy Jones at the back.
Manchester City will miss Dzeko, Aguero and Nastasic for the opening match in 2015 while Kompany and Pozo are under doubt. Regardless of their squad problems they managed to keep seven clean sheets in 19 Premier League games. The Citizens have no problem with scoring goals, as proved in the latest draw against Burnley, where they were leading 2-0, until they conceded two goals and had to settle for a draw. Now, they cannot afford any more missteps, and the most common bet is over 3.5 goals with 2.28 odds from 888sport.
Looking back at the odds, an outright Man City win with 1.22 odds has no real value, while the bookies give Sunderland little chance for an upset with 13.00 odds and a draw has 6.50 odds. Both teams to score has 1.91 odds even if Sunderland failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League away games. The Citizens with a -2 handicap have 2.23 odds, Sunderland with a +2 one 1.69 and over 2.5 goals in the second half has 3.30 odds. Considering the great form David Silva is in since he had to step up for the striker duties we are going to bet 7 units on him to score anytime with 2.43 odds from 888sport.