- Pep Guardiola, David Moyes debut on sidelines
- City hasn’t lost at home vs. Sunderland since 1998
- Defoe tries to become 8th player to score in 16 PL seasons
- Black Cats haven’t won on opening day since 2009
Manchester City takes on Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium (Watch live, 12:30 P.m. ET on CNBC and online via Live Extra) as both sides start the 2016/17 season with new managers at the helm.
Despite posting the most goals a season ago (71), City finished fourth in the Premier League. While the placement shouldn’t be disappointing for most sides, the Citizens regrouped this summer and look to have come back even stronger with Pep Guardiola now in charge, as well as with additions like John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan.
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City will likely be missing new signing Leroy Sane, who is battling a hamstring injury, while Kevin De Bruyne‘s fitness is in question too.
Sunderland enters the David Moyes era with several questions, particularly regarding the latest saga with defender Lamine Kone, who has requested a move away from the Stadium of Light.
Moyes has done a bit in the transfer window, though, with Adnan Januzaj and Papy Djilobodji the two biggest signings for the club. U.S. international DeAndre Yedlin continues to be linked with a loan move to the Black Cats, however, no move has been made yet to bring back the 23-year-old.
What they’re saying
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “To create something we need time, to create something with ideas to attack we need time. But to play with soul and something inside we don’t need time. Tomorrow we don’t know if everyone is going to play good or if we will get the result but I will not accept not playing with soul.”
Sunderland manager David Moyes: “The biggest problem is that we have no midfield players, hardly. We’re really short of midfield players generally, and we need to look to get some midfield players in.”
Pep Guardiola’s new-look City side is one of the most exciting teams to consider on paper, and with all do respect to Sunderland, the Citizens should roll at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City 2-0 Sunderland