(Sporting Alert) — Manchester City are without playmaker David Silva and holding midfielder Fernandinho for today’s English Premier League clash with Sunderland at Stadium of Light.
Both players are out injured, but Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo continue their lethal strike partnership as City look to keep pace on the front runners.
Joe Hart is on the bench again with Costel Pantilimon starting, while Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards both start.
For Sunderland, former Manchester United defender Wes Brown makes his first league start for the club in almost two-years as he plays alongside captain John O’Shea in the heart of the defense.
Steven Fletcher, Jack Colback and Emanuele Giaccherini start, but Craig Gardner and Jozy Altidore are only on the bench.
Sunderland v Manchester City
Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka, Brown, O’Shea, Bardsley, Ki, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, Giaccherini, Fletcher
Subs: Cabral, Gardner, Altidore, Westwood, Diakite, Borini, Mavrias
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Richards, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Javi Garcia, Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Negredo
Subs: Hart, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Rodwell, Clichy, Boyata
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)