Last Updated: 26/12/12 5:00pm
Corner for City - and Joe Hart has come up for it...Silva takes, it comes for Milner on the edge of the box but he fires over.
Great ball from Colback for McClean to break onto but he fires wide when he could easily have squared it for Sessegnon.
Excellent chance for Campbell as Sessegnon battles to the by-line and pulls it back but it is straight at Hart.
City free-kick, Milner curls it into the box but Sunderland head clear - but Yaya Toure plays it back in the box for Aguero, who goes down looking for penalty but nothing given.
Great stop from Hart as he is off his line brilliantly to deny Sessegnon after he was played through by Campbell.
New replays now showing Gardner definitely fouled Zabaleta in build-up to Sunderland goal. Should not have stood.
Yaya Toure goes for goal which is blocked by Kilgallon - ball comes back for the Ivorian and foul is given for handball against Colback.
Great save from Mignolet as Aguero is sent clear but the Belgian makes an excellent one-handed stop.
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Zabaleta makes good run into the box but he can't quite get the ball out of his feet and Mignolet claims it.
Great tackle from Rose on Yaya Toure inside the box - City corner. Milner takes but Yaya Toure gives away foul.
Great ball in from McClean and it almost finds Sessegnon but he just can't make contact - really good chance.
City were furious for the goal as the thought Zabaleta had been fouled in the build up by Fletcher - looked 50/50.
GOAL - ADAM JOHNSON - Johnson cuts inside Silva, goes for goal from 25-yards, Hart dives over it and it squirms in.
Sunderland win corner off Garcia - Johnson curls it in and Kompany puts it behind, but he is not happy. Larsson will whip this in, but good header away from Nastasic.
Good work from Johnson as he easily beats Zabaleta, he puts cross into the box but that is easy for Kolo Toure to clear.
Thanks again for your feedback - Sunderland fans still hopeful they can get something from today, like Colin Gulliver - who mailed in to say: 'I forecast a very difficult match with not much between the two teams. I'm sure our fans will get behind Sunderland and the same result as last season would be our Christmas wish. However I suggest a flutter on both teams to score 1-1.'
Larsson looks like he is taking this one. after failed efforts from Gardner and Johnson. But the wall does its job and the Swede put the rebound wide.
Real danger for Sunderland, Larsson and Gardner looking at it. Yaya Toure is booked for not backing up.
Great tackle by McClean wins possession, it comes for Sessegnon - he goes down on the edge of the box as Kompany blocks his run into the box. Booking.
Good turn from McClean on the edge of the box, he looks for goal but good clearance from Nastasic - Johnson keeps it in but City clear.
Clumsy foul from Garnder as he pushes Aguero. Chance for City to swing this into the box with Milner - but it is poor and does not beat the first man.
Johnson beats Zabaleta for the first time, he gets cross in but Kompany flicks it clear - ball comes back in and Sunderland want a penalty as Nastasic grapples with Fletcher, but nothing given.
Nice ball over the top from Garcia, he finds Aguero - ball is worked over to Kolo Toure - but Rose makes a good block on his attempted cross.
Play stopped as Zabaleta has a cut to the head and will need treatment after being caught by Fletcher's boot. He leaves the field for treatment.
This time it is Hart with a wonderful stop diving to his right to palm Fletcher's drive wide. Corner is headed clear by City.
Brilliant ball from Tevez as he shrugs off a challenge to find Aguero, he drives into the box before laying it back for Silva and he is only denied by fine Mignolet save.
Larsson and Gardner over it...the latter takes but it is woeful, nearer to the corner flag than the goal.
Gardner is found on the edge of the box by Johnson but his shot is blocked - it comes for Rose and he wins a free-kick about 30-yards out after foul from Aguero.
Good work from Aguero as he skips past Kilgallon and Cuellar has to slide it behind. Ball comes back into the box for Kompany and Colback scrambles it away.
Sloppy from Silva as he just gives the ball away as City looked to breakthrough on the edge of the box.
Yaya Toure exchanges passes with Aguero - he looks to curl one at the top corner but Mignolet comfortably claims it.
Great footwork from Silva, he beats Colback with ease before crossing to back post - but nobody in a blue shirt is there and Sunderland clear their lines.
Milner wins a free-kick on the edge of the box. Real chance for City - Silva looks like he fancies it, he takes it but fires wide - poor effort.
Corner for Man City as Larsson clears behind as Zabaleta broke into the box. Kompany hits the bar with a flick and then Yaya Toure is denied by a brilliant save from Mignolet with his feet.
Long free-kick into the box by Gardner is only punched clear by Hart - allowing Sunderland to retain possession but Kolo Toure clears.
Johnson in pain but is over the ball with Gardner and Larsson. Johnson will take but Nastasic heads clear.
Good ball from Rose to find Johnson, he breaks in from the right and is tripped by Zabaleta on the corner of the box - danger here for Sunderland.
Dangerous ball in from the right by Milner, Aguero challenges Kilgallon and he wants the corner - but goal-kick given.
Good run and break for Sessegnon, he looks for Fletcher on the right but Zabaleta intercepts and clears.
Some positivity from Sunderland's end though - like Joe Copland on Twitter: 'Sunderland to win 2-1 with Fletcher and Sessegnon to get a goal a piece! That's if we don't concede in the first half hour!'
First reaction coming in and neither sets of fans seem overly happy with their teams, especially in defence. City fan Petr Hruby on Lescott's omission Tweeted: 'Yeah, it's sad. I think he doesn't deserve this. But good to see Milner and Garcia in starting XI.'
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar (c), Larsson, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble, Westwood
Man City: Hart, Kompany (c), Zabaleta, K Toure, Nastasic, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva, Milner, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Rekik, Barry, Razak, Sinclair, Dzeko
Team news is coming in - big boost for City as skipper Vincent Kompany makes return to their starting line-up.
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