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Where: Stadium of Light
When: Sunday, 10 November 14:05 GMT
The Capital One Cup can be a hassle for some, but the Black Cats will take a win from anywhere at the moment. That arrived against Southampton in a sparsely populated Stadium of Light on Wednesday.
But their league position is still perilous, despite a definite lifting of the mood since the arrival of Gus Poyet as manager.
They face a Man City side oozing with confidence after a 7-0 destruction of Norwich, which was followed up by a 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
Manuel Pellegrini's side look to be clicking right now, but their away form has not been great with just one league win in five attempts away from Fortress Etihad.
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Midfielder Lee Cattermole and full-back Andrea Dossena are banned following their dismissals against Hull, while Keiren Westwood was left out of the win over Southampton following a bang to the head, so No. 2 keeper Vito Mannone could retain his place if Westwood is rated not worthy of a risk.
Vincent Kompany will be out with a calf problem for a couple more weeks at least, while David Silva and Fernandinho picked up knocks against CSKA and may not be risked.