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Manchester City will aim to put the pressure back on Manchester United this weekend by leapfrogging their city rivals at the top of the Premier League table with victory over Sunderland. With the Red Devils not in action until Monday, City will return to the Premier League summit if they can pick up three points on Saturday. Victory would draw them level with United, with goal difference seeing them to the top of the pile. The good news for City is that they are back on home soil, and they have been faultless at the Etihad Stadium for a significant period. The Citizens have won 24 of their last 25 home games in the league, including the last 20 in a row, and have kept six clean sheets in their last eight outings in front of their own supporters.
Sunderland will look to put their disappointment of failing to reach Wembley in the FA Cup behind them as they focus on their push for European football. The initial burst under Martin O’Neill has subsided somewhat with three defeats in their last five Premier League away games. Travelling to Manchester City won’t exactly fill them with much hope either, having never won there in the Premier League, conceding 20 times in seven visits, all of which ended in defeat.
• Manchester City have not conceded a first-half goal in the league since December against Chelsea, a run of 15 games.
• James McClean (4 goals, 2 assists) and Stephane Sessegnon (4 goals, 3 assists) have been involved in 13 of Sunderland's 17 league goals in 2012.