Manchester City faces Sunderland in EPL matchup

April 4th, 2011 by Admin

Manchester City currently sits in fourth place in the English Premier League Standings. They are looking to hold that spot in hopes of being able to qualify for the Champions League. They will face Sunderland, a team looking to remain in the top ten in the EPL standings.

Manchester City is a -200 favorite and Sunderland is a +600 underdog in Soccer Betting Odds.

One of the major strengths for Manchester City all season has been defense. That starts with goalie Joe Hart, who has allowed just 27 goals in 30 games. Hart has kept Manchester City in nearly every game this season. Because of him, Manchester City is not easy to beat. Offensively, Carlos Tevez is the biggest threat. He leads the team with 18 goals and 106 shots. He has three times as many goals as anyone else on the team.

For Sunderland, Simon Mignolet and Craig Gordon have split duties in goal. Mignolet has made the past three starts. He has given up four goals in those starts. However, that is far from the weakest area. Sunderland has struggled offensively, especially in recent games. They have not scored a goal in their last three EPL games. Thanks to an inept offense, they are winless in their last six games. That has kept them from moving up the standings.

Sunderland defeated Manchester City 1-0 in their first meeting earlier this season. For them to do that again, Sunderland needs a strong showing from either goalie. Sunderland cannot match the attack that Manchester City has, and it will be difficult for them to score. The team that scores first should get the win in this match.

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