Manchester City 3 - 0 SunderlandKO: Sat Oct 06 12:45:00 BST 2012 Ground: Etihad Stadium
Referee: L Probert live on sky sports Sky Sports 2 HDA Kolarov 5S Aguero 60J Milner 89
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Champions Manchester City and Sunderland both put their unbeaten records on the line as they clash at the Etihad on Saturday.
Indeed, City boss Roberto Mancini will have Sunderland in his sights, as they were the only team to take more than three points off the Blues during their title-winning campaign last season.
Sunderland were the only side to take something from the Etihad as they drew 3-3, although they know they should have indeed taken maximum points given they were two goals up with just five minutes to go.
That draw, though, was the only point Sunderland had taken from City in over a decade.
City come into the game undefeated, but they have made a hugely uninspiring start to the season and only just claimed a draw in midweek against Borussia Dortmund.
Mancini will also be looking to get back to winning ways at the Etihad as City fans have not seen their side win since September 1.
Sunderland come into the match buoyed by a victory against Wigan and looking for their first back-to-back wins in the league since February.
Victory for fourth-placed City could take them second, whilst three points for Sunderland would lift them into the top half of the table.
The game is live on Sky Sports Two and coverage starts at 12:30pm.
Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland
Video: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill speaks to Sky Sports' Greg Whelan after his side's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City
Sunderland's unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Aleksandar Kolarov's 5th-minute free-kick set City on their way but a string of chances came and went before substitute Sergio Aguero (60) sealed only a second victory in seven, James Milner adding late gloss to an ultimately commanding display (89).
Roberto Mancini bemoaned the quick turnaround following Wednesday's draw with Dortmund but soon had cause to celebrate, Carlos Cuellar's lunge on Carlos Tevez on the edge of the area costing more than just a yellow card.
Pablo Zabaleta soon bustled into the box, only to be thwarted by Simon Mignolet's well-spread frame, and Tevez dragged a shot across goal as City's generous share of possession failed to yield a second.
Martin O'Neill surely urged more ambition from his side and they briefly responded after the break, Steven Fletcher unlucky on the volley and City old boy Adam Johnson denied by a last-ditch challenge.
But the game would have been up had Yaya Toure and Micah Richards taken the chances that came their way inside a minute at the other end, Sunderland now spent.
Aguero - on for an irked Mario Balotelli - met a Kolarov cross to finally double the lead and after David Silva clipped the goalframe, Milner curled in for a scoreline more befitting of his side's dominance.
Richards had made a surprise return from an ankle injury for injured captain Vincent Kompany, while Joleon Lescott was also restored to the defence.
Toure took over as skipper, playing alongside Gareth Barry in midfield, while Tevez and Balotelli started up front.
Sunderland had former City winger Johnson in their side hoping to make a point, but the England international was unable to make an impression.
City took the lead after Tevez was crudely brought down by Cuellar on their first attack. The Argentinian had broken clear but was felled by a late tackle on the edge of the box and referee Lee Probert brandished the yellow card.
The City supporters felt it should have been red but they did not complain for long as Kolarov stepped up to curl a superb free-kick past Mignolet at the near post.
City went close to a second as a Tevez shot was deflected into Zabaleta's path but Mignolet - making amends for any fault on his part for Kolarov's goal - saved at point-blank range.
Balotelli then did win a free-kick on the edge of the box after being caught in the face by Craig Gardner's boot.
Kolarov took aim once again but his effort was deflected behind for a corner, perhaps with a suspicion of handball, by Sebastian Larsson.
Balotelli curled an effort wide and felt he should have had another free-kick after clashing with John O'Shea.
Barry drove wide as City continued to push and Sunderland's best efforts amounted to ineffective shots from James McClean and Fletcher.
City started the second half well with Toure cutting inside and forcing Mignolet to palm over.
A chance fell to Richards from the resulting corner and his shot at the second attempt was cleared off the line by Rose.
Sunderland finally began to apply some pressure but a powerful header by Fletcher, which brought a fine save from Joe Hart, was ruled offside.
Kolarov produced a fine tackle to deny Johnson a clear run on goal and that served to shake City back into life, a sliding Balotelli inches away from diverting a Kolarov cross towards goal.
Richards then brought a good diving save out of Mignolet with a powerful header from a Milner cross.
The second goal finally came as Aguero raced to the near post to turn in a vicious Kolarov ball from six yards.
That effectively signalled the end for Sunderland but City wanted more for their dominance.
Silva played in Tevez, who drove narrowly wide, and then roles were reversed as the Argentinian rounded Mignolet to set up the Spaniard, whose sublime chip hit the bar.
Barry tried his luck but Gardner headed away before Richards again saw a chance blocked on the line in a crowded penalty area.
Richards was wild with an attempted overhead kick moments later and Toure was narrowly off-target with a long-range effort.
City threatened again after another slick move involving Richards, Aguero and Tevez but O'Shea managed to foil them.
Yet they would not settle for two and Milner whipped in a free-kick from the left of the box which took a slight deflection off the head of Gardner to evade Mignolet's grasp.
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