Goals could be on the cards in Pep Guardiola's first Premier League encounter.
Man City v Sunderland - Saturday 17:30, BT Sport 1
The Pep Guardiola era begins with the glamour of a home clash with Sunderland. The Wearside club have been something of a bogey team for the Citizens in recent times, beating them 1-0 at the Stadium Light each season between 2010/11 and 13/14, though City have won all four of their meetings in the last two campaigns. The Black Cats have a new manager in David Moyes and the former United man will no doubt be given a hero’s welcome here after the job he did at Old Trafford.
City have won 26 of their 38 home games in the last two seasons and their record when hosting bottom-six sides in that time is W10-D2-L0 with seven wins by more than one goal despite keeping just four clean sheets. Having lost 10 of their opening 14 road games last term, the Black Cats were unbeaten in their last five under Big Sam, but they’ve lost nine of their 10 trips to top-five sides in the last two seasons, though they only trailed at the break in three of these and managed to score in seven.
As a result, we think Pep’s first game could be a high scoring one and, while we expect him to get a win under his built, we think Moysey’s men should be able to find the net, especially with Kompany once again out with injury. Remember, this fixture’s seen 23 goals in the last five seasons with City averaging exactly three per game.