Manchester City head into their midweek clash with Sunderland as firm favourites for victory, but with the Black Cats fighting for survival, we’ve picked out three more reliable bets to back on the night.
But with both teams fighting for something on contrasting fronts, it may prove shrewder to back one of the following:
With Yaya Toure out through injury, the Spaniard will be expected to step up and provide a goal or two from midfield against a Sunderland side that has lost eight of their last nine in all competitions.
Fortunately, Silva has been doing just that going into this encounter, with a commendable three goals in his last six Premier League outings for the Citizens, including a goal in their loss to Liverpool last time out.
Back him to continue that kind of form against a Black Cats team he previously netted against when they visited the Etihad three seasons ago.
The Sky Blues may have stumbled to defeat in their crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield but they remain a force to be reckoned with on their own patch.
City have won 15 of their last 16 games at the Etihad in the league and have been particularly prolific in front of goal in recent weeks, scoring four or more in three of their last four victories at the ground in the division.
Back them to score over 3.5 goals against a sorry Sunderland, with the Black Cats fresh from shipping five goals on the road to Tottenham last time they played away from the Stadium of Light.
The Serbian doesn’t score many goals and may not be a guaranteed starter for the hosts but, provided he gets on the pitch, don’t be surprised to see him pop up with a goal.
After all, Kolarov does have previous form against Sunderland at the Etihad, having found the net in each of the Black Cats previous two trips to the ground.
And with a penchant for free-kicks and long-range strikes, it could pay to get on the Serb to score at anytime.
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