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P.J. Murray 3rd Apr 2011 - 12:36

City set to put their problems behind them

Off the field problems have dominated Man City's season thus far, but the blue half of Manchester have a chance to set the record straight as they host high flying Sunderland.

While there has been negativity surrounding City and more specifically their petulant young striker Mario Ballotelli, the opposite can be said about Steve Bruce's Sunderland side. Asamoah Gyan made history midweek when he netted a 91st minute equaliser against England at Wembley.

However the Black Cats have failed to score in their last three Premier League games and we make them a 5/1 shot to beat City at Eastlands. As you would expect, the hosts are odds on favourites at 8/15 while the draw is 3/1.

Man City have won each of the six matches in which they have hosted Sunderland in the Premier League.

If you fancy Gyan to replicate his heroics for Ghana then we have an enticing Match Winner offer, for an enhanced price of 7/2 you can back Gyan to score at anytime during the match.

City have managed to keep 13 clean sheets this season however they are missing both Micah Richards and Jerome Boateng, both of whom picked up injuries on international duty during the week. This will leave them vulnerable at the back, but Joe Hart is top class keeper and you can back City to keep a clean sheet at a 4/5.

Carlos Tevez is listed as doubtful to make the starting line-up meaning that attacking duties could fall to Ballotelli. Despite his off the field antics, the Italian can produce some moments of genius with the ball at his feet and he is currently 9/2 to bag the first goal.

Steve Bruce has claimed that it will be difficult to hold onto young sensation Danny Wellbeck. The Man United loanee has scored six times in 25 games and recently made his international debut against Ghana. He has developed a solid relationship with Gyan and he is 15/2 to score first and 9/4 to bag a goal at any time during the match.

The last two meetings of the sides have seen last minute goals as this is a tie that is not short on drama. If you think there will be another late late goal then why not back a goal to be scored in injury time at 9/2. You can back City to score a goal between the 76th minute and full time at 7/4.

Sunderland's scoring record does not compare with their league standing, having scored one of the fewest totals in the league they are up in the top half of the table and at 11/8 you can back just Man City to score.

If you think City will win but you want a bigger price then you can take advantage of our handicap markets. City -1 goal are odds against at 29/20 but if you think that the home side will only win by a goal then you back back the handicap draw at 5/2.

All the stats point to a home victory and I for one won't go against them, but I think that the handicap draw might be the way to go on this one.



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