Last Updated: 10/11/13 7:16pm
It's all over. Sunderland have done it. Their fourth straight 1-0 home win over Manchester City thanks to Phil Bardsley's first-half strike. 1-0.
Wes Brown is named Man of the Match and it's hard to disagree. There's still a minute to be played as City are awarded a free-kick in a crossing position. Kolarov to take.
Larsson is hacked down by Aguero just inside the City half and Sunderland have a free-kick. As you can imagine, they're in no rush to take it.
There's a real sense of tension inside the Stadium of Light with seconds of normal time remaining. Poyet doesn't look too pleased as the ball is returned quickly after going out for a throw-in.
Gardner clears Nasri's corner upfield. Every single Sunderland man is camped inside their own area, but Poyet wants them out.
No clear-cut chances for City in the last few minutes but they have got a corner as Bardsley blocks Navas' cross. That's the story of the second-half right there.
Brown wrestles away from Aguero before feeding Altidore. He can't quite get his foot on it though and City continue to press, Nasri strikes but it's blocked by Bardsley.
Sunderland are hanging in there as Navas' cross is blocked yet again. It's a case of every man behind the ball now.
All credit to Sunderland as they then go up the other end and Johnson's strike is collected by Pantilimon. You can't take your eyes off this.
Aguero pokes the ball to Kolarov who lets rip from the edge of the area, only to see his effort evade the crossbar by inches. Respite for Sunderland as they have a goalkick.
It's becoming incessant from City as Brown heads away Nasri's cross before Johnson clears upfield. Sunderland are pegged back in their own half and the visitors will go again.
It's a good delivery, Demichelis can't quite get to it but Dzeko can. He rises well before heading just wide of Mannone's goal. The home crowd roar Sunderland on.
Milner's cross comes off the legs of Celustka and City have another corner which Kolarov will take. Nervy for Sunderland.
Brown blocks Navas' cross with City piling on the pressure here. Excellent defending from Sunderland before Altidore breaks but can't find the run of Gardner.
Bardsley is there again as he beats Zabaleta to the ball to poke it behind for a corner, it's taken quickly, Aguero heads back across goal before Larsson puts it behind again.
Larsson wins a free-kick inside the Sunderland half after being bundled over by Nasri. Prior to that, he'd made a crucial tackle on Kolarov on the edge of the area.
Bardsley plays Colback into a crossing position down the left, he's watched closely by Demichelis and can't quite get enough power in his cross as Pantilimon collects.
Sunderland make their first change of the afternoon as Emanuele Giaccherini makes way for Craig Gardner.
Dzeko almost makes an instant impact. His piledriver is parried away by Mannone, but only as far as Aguero. Fortunately for Sunderland, he can't quite adjust his body in time and he fires wide.
City get the go-ahead to make the change as Dzeko replaces Negredo and Zabaleta comes on for Richards.
Nasri's corner is met at the near post by Kolarov who heads straight into the stands, much to the relief of the home crowd.
Demichelis and Richards are both operating in much higher positions as Navas' cross is deflected behind by Bardsley despite Mannone's best efforts to keep it in play. Corner for City.
City look set to make a double substitution with Edin Dzeko and Pablo Zabaleta both preparing to come on.
Aguero turns away from Celustka before getting a shot away which is saved excellently by Mannone down to his left, tipping the ball behind for a City corner.
Bardsley slides in on Richards to put the ball behind for a corner before it falls to Kolarov who slices erratically over the bar when he had better options inside the area.
Nasri is probing once again on the edge of the area and he plays Richards into an unfamiliar shooting position. The defender has a crack which is straight into the arms of Mannone.
Giaccherini charges down Kolarov's cross to divert away for a corner. It falls to Navas who sees his shot blocked well by O'Shea.
It's now Sunderland's turn to try and mount an attack. Bardsley tries to loop a ball over the top for Johnson to latch onto but it's too heavy for him and City have a goalkick.
Aguero floats a lovely ball in towards Negredo who gets a toe onto it, the ball trickles wide but the linesman's flag was raised anyway.
Sunderland's defensive resilience forces City to be patient in their build-up play. Nasri holds onto the ball before teeing up Milner who powers his strike well over the bar from distance.
Bardsley clips Navas late and City are awarded a free-kick on the half-way line which is played short as they look to build an attack.
Milner does well to sidestep away from Colback before playing Navas into another crossing position. However, it lacks conviction and Mannone can comfortably collect.
Bardsley times his tackle to perfection and wins the ball from Navas, putting it out for a corner which Nasri will take.
Chance for Sunderland! Ki collects Nasri's short clearance, he skips past Toure before unleashing a powerful drive just inches wide of Pantilimon's goal. Very positive stuff from the hosts and Poyet shows his approval.
Richards and Johnson tussle for the ball in the corner, the Man City full-back wants a handball from Johnson. Nothing is given and Sunderland have a throw-in deep inside the City half.
Richards tries to take on Bardsley but his heavy touch puts him in trouble and he concedes a foul as he follows through. Free-kick to Sunderland just outside of their box.
Milner feeds Navas out wide, he's in no rush to get a cross away but eventually does and his inviting ball across goal goes wide of Mannone's post with Negredo guilty of not gambling.
Giaccherini's effort neither a cross nor a shot and it flies over the bar with Fletcher waiting in the area. That's the first time Sunderland have got out of their own half since the break.
There are a few appeals for handball following Bardsley's block but Mike Dean is having none of it. Replays show it to have come off his stomach if anything.
Aguero speeds away from O'Shea after his loose ball, he enters the area before cutting back for Navas in a great position. The winger directs it goalwards but Sunderland have three men on the line and it rebounds off Bardsley. Big chance.
Bardsley and Johnson need to be wary of Navas now down that right wing. Milner has dropped inside to a more central role as Pellegrini looks to utilise Navas' pace and direct approach.
Navas does well again down the right and puts another dangerous ball into the box, but there's nobody there to meet it and Sunderland clear.
Early chance for City and Navas almost made an instant impact. He beats Johnson, taking the ball to the byline before crossing for Negredo whose looping header dips just over the bar.
Just the one change at half-time as Jesus Navas replaced the injured Javi Garcia for Manchester City.
Sunderland go into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to Phil Bardsley's smart finish. City have come close through Aguero, but it's been a majorly frustrating half for them. Gus Poyet will be delighted. 1-0.
Great defending from Celustka who does well to get in front of Negredo and divert Nasri's cross behind for a corner. Kolarov takes but it amounts to nothing.
Toure's chip into the box looks for the run of Nasri, only for Mannone to come and claim with two hands.
Free-kick to Sunderland in a crossing position. Johnson drills it towards Brown at the back post who slips and his header is off target, allowing Pantilimon to restart.
Celustka loses out to Toure on the edge of the box and almost plays himself into trouble but Larsson and O'Shea are there to clear things up.
Sunderland play their way out of defence before Johnson picks the ball up out wide on the left. He cuts inside before curling a wayward cross out for a goalkick with Fletcher lurking in the area.
It's played towards Lescott at the back post but Mannone commandingly comes off his line to collect the ball and Sunderland are afforded some brief respite.
Free-kick to City inside the Sunderland half after Nasri is crowded out by a combination of Giaccherini and Ki. Nasri and Milner stand over it.
Nasri floats a ball into the area, it almost falls kindly for Aguero but Colback does well the get across and block his path. Another bonus for Sunderland as a goalkick is given despite it looking like it came off their man last.
Just when City think they're getting a grip on this game, Sunderland spring back into life as Ki sees his strike blocked by Demichelis. Plenty of energy and belief visible in attack from Poyet's side.
Demichelis gets a crucial touch on Giaccherini's cross to flick the ball away from Fletcher. There's then a penalty appeal as Johnson goes down under Milner's challenge but play is waved on.
Negredo plucks the ball from the air with an exquisite first touch before turning and lashing a strike wide of Mannone's goal. These last few minutes have been much better from City's point of view.
Massive chance for City. Nasri feeds Kolarov down the left, he whips a first-time ball across the face of goal where Aguero has found space but he's slightly off-guard and heads wide. Let off for Sunderland.
Sunderland look to break and Ki spots the run of Fletcher, only for his pass to be too heavy and City can clear their lines.
City are starting to show a little bit more intent now as Brown pulls off another good block from Milner's strike. Sunderland are penned in as the visitors try to work an opening but Brown is there again to head away.
The corner finds its way to Nasri in a shooting position on the edge of the box. He lines one up but Brown charges him down superbly and the ball is cleared.
Nasri's corner is flicked on by O'Shea before Celustka hoofs away with Negredo lurking. There's now another corner as Negredo's first-time cross is diverted behind.
The possession stats show a 65/35 per cent swing in favour of Sunderland for the last 10 minutes which does paint an accurate picture of how things have panned out so far. City have rarelt threatened but we all know what they are capable of, important the hosts don't get carried away here.
Free-kick to Sunderland inside the City half as Garcia takes away Fletcher's heels with a rash tackle. Chance to get a ball into the box here, Larsson stands over it.
That goal has really lifted the Stadium of Light crowd. They're urging their team to continue attacking as Bardsley gets forward again before skewing his cross out for a goalkick.
That's Bardsley's second goal in the space of a week and what a lovely finish. Milner will probably think he was fouled as the defender strode past him, but Bardsley's run and finish was excellent. Game on!
Goal for Sunderland! Phil Bardsley is found storming into the area by Wes Brown, he shrugs off Milner before slotting calmly past Pantilimon. 1-0.
Gus Poyet looks to be telling his men to try and keep the ball on the ground. They duly oblige with a spell of passing through the defence.
Larsson has got away with that one, it was mistimed and reckless but Mike Dean chooses to keep his cards in his pocket.
There's a free-kick for City in the centre-circle after a strong challenge on Javi Garcia by Larsson.
Negredo shows his strength to take the ball to the byline, he crosses looking for Aguero but it is adjudged to have gone out of play.
City still look dangerous though, they just can't quite find the final ball as Milner's cross is wayward and cleared.
We mentioned earlier that Sunderland had won this fixture 1-0 on the last three occasions following backs-against-the-wall performances, but today they look very positive and are trying to attack everything they have the ball.
Kolarov can't quite reach the ball down the line and it exits play before he can get his cross in. Goalkick to Sunderland.
First chance of the game for Sunderland as Fletcher heads wide. Larsson's cross from deep picked out the striker who had crept away from Lescott and Demichelis, only for him to see his effort creep wide of Pantilimon's goal. A difficult chance, but a positive move from the hosts.
City's attacks are yet to amount to anything as Negredo's backheel towards Toure is misjudged and Larsson is able to come away with the ball.
Johnson has the right idea as he looks to thread a through ball for Giaccherini to latch onto, but it's slightly overhit and goes behind for a City goalkick.
Decent start to the game for both sides really. Sunderland look a lot more confident with the ball than in previous weeks, but inevitably, it's City who look the most dangerous in attack.
Some great defending from Larsson who matches Milner for pace and slides in to win the ball from the England man as he looked to enter a crossing position.
Kolarov's corner is too deep and Sunderland can clear before Milner drives his effort straight into the arms of Mannone after Negredo had dispossessed Ki.
City start to play Sunderland at their own high-pressing game as O'Shea gives the ball away to Toure before winning it back.
Poyet's side are pressing well in these opening stages. Pantilimon has had a few balls played back to him and every time he's been hurried into his clearance. No chances as of yet though.
Sunderland start to enjoy a brief spell of possession, they knock the ball around nicely in the middle of the park before Bardsley's pass is cut out by Kolarov.
The visitors try to build an early attack but Negredo can't find his man and Sunderland are able to clear upfield.
On remembrance Sunday, the whole ground observes an impeccable minute's silence in tribute to all of the service men and women who lost their lives fighting for their country.
Thanks to Nathan (@NathanHobill) who has Tweeted expecting an away win: "My prediction for Sunderland: Sunderland 0-4 Man City - Man City are scoring at will and they'll probably continue that today," he says.
Toby North (@TobyNorth104) has been in touch via Twitter. He says: "My predictions for Man City vs Sunderland - 2-1 to City. But it's always good to see an upset."
Here's a stat for these two teams which tells you everything you need to know about their differing fortunes this season: Sunderland have hit only 24 shots on target all season; in contrast Man City have 28 goals (from 68 shots on target).
What's your verdict on the two starting line-ups? Is Ag-Redo (sorry) the strike partnership to fire City to victory? Feel free to send in your thoughts and predictions as we build-up to kick-off. Either Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 or drop a line to email@example.com, and a selection will be published.
We're around 25 minutes away from kick-off at the Stadium of Light, but here's our preview of today's game in the meantime.
Thanks to Bilal who has also emailed in. He says: "Away from home City look oddly susceptible. I expect a narrow 2-1, or dare I say a draw. Johnson, Fletcher, Giaccherini form a decent front 3, with Demichelis weak, Lescott, Kolarov and Richards lacking game time. Not to mention, Silva missing."
If you're planning on betting this afternoon, our friends over at Sky Bet have got it covered. They tell us: "Manchester City are 2/5 with Sky Bet to take all three points against Gus Poyet's Sunderland side this afternoon. The visitors have scored 12 goals in their last two games and have been price boosted to 22/1 (from 18/1) to win 4-0. Yaya Toure is the subject of one our goalscorer price boosts and have been enhanced from 13/2 to 8/1 to score first."
Manuel Pellegrini's side are flying and full of confidence as they enter this one. City have found the net 14 times in their last three games including last weekend's 7-0 drubbing of Norwich City and three points today could see them move into the top four depending on other results. However, having suffered 1-0 defeats in this fixture for the last three seasons in a row, the Stadium of Light is not the happiest of hunting grounds for them.
Gus Poyet has already made an impact since taking charge of the Black Cats, and today, he is looking to make it three wins from his opening five games, maintaining his 100 per cent home record in the process. He oversaw a 2-1 Capital One Cup victory here over Southampton on Wednesday night, although the visit of Manchester City this afternoon is likely to pose a different kind of test.
Thanks to Marcus Ridley from Leamington Spa who has emailed in saying: "Fletcher to add to Man City's hoodoo at the Stadium Of Light. FT 1-0 HAWAY THE LADS!!"
City have made five changes from the team that eased to a 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night. David Silva and Fernandinho miss out through injury so in come James Milner and Javi Garcia. While Aleksandr Kolarov, Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards also start with Gael Clichy, Matija Nastasic and Pablo Zabaleta missing out.
So it's two changes for Sunderland from the side that beat Southampton during the week as Sebastian Larsson and Steven Fletcher come in for Craig Gardner and Jozy Altidore who both drop to the bench. There's also a first Premier League start in 22 months for former Manchester United defender Wes Brown.
As ever, your views are welcomed before, during and after the game. If you have something to say or a prediction to make, either Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919, or drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org, and a selection will be published.
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