Pep Guardiola took charge of Manchester City for the very first home competition game against Sunderland and it turned out to be quite a game at Etihad. City took the lead inside first 5 minutes thanks to penalty awarded by the referee when Sterling was brought down inside the box and Aguero stepped in to score first goal of Guardiola era. Sunderland however dig deep and fought hard even with only 36% of the possession in first half. Defoe finally brought Sunderland back into the game late in second half.
Manchester City 2-1 Sunderland Highlights
[ Premier League 2016-17 Season ]
4′ 1 – 0 Sergio Aguero scores from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was brought down inside the box.
71′ 1 – 1 Jermain Defoe scores late in second half to put Sunderland back on level terms.
87′ 2 – 1 Patrick McNair own goal put City back in the lead and thats how the match ended.
Sunderland will be hoping to put together a good show on the opening day of the premier league as David Moyes takes charge of the club for the first competition game.
Manchester City has full squad to choose from which will help Guardiola in his quest to start City reign on a winning note. Playing at home against a relegation candidate, City must start the season with a win. Sergio Aguero is set to start upfront while trio of De Bruyne, David Silva and Sterling will playing in attacking roles with Fernandinho and Yaya Tour playing in central midfield roles.
Cliche and Sagna set to start as full backs while new signing John Stone to partner Otamendi in in central defense. Pep Guardiola is apperently is a not big fan of England keeper Joe Hart and we might see a surprise with Caballero being in the goal. Sunderland on the other hand will start with a 5 man midfield of Khazri, Rodwell, John Oshea, McNair and Borini while Defo to start upfront on his own.
Match Predictions: Guardiola’s first game as City manager at Etihad Stadium has all the ingrediants for a winning start. They are playing against a team who are one of the 4 odds on favourite for relegation and with Aguero, De Bruyne, Silva and Toure all fit and raring to go I can only see one result here. Man City 3-1 Sunderland.