Manchester City v Sunderland – LIVE

Manchester City v Sunderland – All the latest action as it happens from the Etihad

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12:49 GMT, 6 October 2012

MANCHESTER CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 0

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Y. Toure, Silva, Balotelli, Tevez.
Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Rodwell, K.Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Westwood.

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13.49: We're a little late getting under way, City players were waiting for Yaya Toure it seems. Oh well, away we go…

13.47: Thanks for all your nice messages at half-time, and one that isn't so nice from somebody called James. Poor show from you, old chap.

13.32: HALF-TIME CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 0

That's your lot for the first 47 minutes. A decent enough game, and City much the better team. See you back here in 15 minutes, give or take.

13.30: We are going to play two additional minutes at the end of this first half. Well, when I say we…

13.28: Barry seems to be having more of an influence as the game progresses. Again he charges though midfield, and supplies Yaya Toure. His cross is weak though, and cleared away. Sunderland are playing for half-time here.

13.27: City are well and truly in charge here, and again they test the visitors with a decent attack. They seem wary of having a shot on goal, but eventually Barry fires a decent effort wide of the post.

13.25: You're right about Sunderland fans, Nick. I always thought they quite liked United until that day in May. I've spoken to many Sunderland fans who were embarrassed by it. Dave, Manchester

13.22: More City pressure, and when Sunderland don't clear properly away from a corner, Balotelli curls a rather tame effort wide.

13.19: Not an awful lot is happening right at the moment. I wouldn't say City are coasting, but they're certainly good value for their lead.

13.17: 'If you hate Man United, clap your hands' seems to be doing the rounds at the Etihad. It seems like some in the away end might be joining in. I've traditionally had a lot of time for Sunderland. I do like visiting the town and its delightful, warm people. But I was surprised by a way a few of their fans behaved on the final day of last season, going so mad as United lost the title. It didn't seem very dignified to me. Oh well, every set of fans has a day when they don't distinguish themselves, I suppose.

13.15: Colback gives the ball away, and City nearly take advantage as a dangerous low ball is played across the area and Balotelli's effort is deflected behind. Wouldn't you know it, we've played half an hour here. This one is traditionally rushing by.

Battle: Mario Balotelli is challenged by Sunderland's Craig Gardner

Battle: Mario Balotelli is challenged by Sunderland's Craig Gardner

13.10: City win another dangerous free-kick just outside the Sunderland area, but this time Kolarov has his effort deflected behind. Some cheeky wags in the Sunderland end refuse to give the ball away for a while, when it is returned City have a corner, but it's cleared away easily enough.

13.08: Mancini didn't seem happy in his interview before the game with City having to play on a Wednesday night and then early on a Saturday, but his team are pretty bright here.

13.05: City show their class with a fine probing move, and Sunderland are lucky to survive. A fortunate deflection sees the ball fall to Zabaleta inside the Sunderland area, but his close-range effort is well saved by Mignolet. From the rebound, Tevez fires a dangerous ball across the six yard box, from which Zabeleta just fails to make contact.

13.01: Come on Sunderland. Man City's Bogey side lets go one better than last season and take all 6 points off City this season instead of the 4 from 6 last season. Jack Colback to stamp his authority on Y.Yore and co in city midfield. Predict a cheeky 2-1 win to Sunderland. Ger Carney, Sunderland Supporter in Yeovil. ps watch out for Sol Carney aged 15 playing for Yeovil Town FC U-18's …the next Jack Colback…the next Paul Scholes!!

12.59: Two corners in succession for Sunderland, but neither are any good frankly. Martin O'Neill stalks the touchline, as is his trademark. He really does live and breathe every game.

Eye for goal: Aleksandar Kolarov fires home with a free-kick

Eye for goal: Aleksandar Kolarov fires home with a free-kick

Pure delight: Kolarov celebrates after scoring for City

Pure delight: Kolarov celebrates after scoring for City

12.57: Messrs Mancini and Platt are in animated conversation. Meanwhile, Gardner's fine cross aimed at Fletcher has to be headed behind by Zabaleta. A Sunderland corner, and the visiting fans find their voice.

12.55: Not a bad effort from Sunderland, as City fail to clear properly from a free-kick and Sessegnon fires a volley narrowly over the crossbar. There's a nice open feel to this match.

12.53: You can rest assured that as soon as I see pictures come through from this match, I will publish the best of them.

12.51: The worst possible start for the visitors, they're really up against it now. City fans are delightedly singing about being champions.

12.49: GOAL! CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 0

Sunderland pay the price for Cuellar's poor challenge as Aleksandar Kolarov curls a brilliant free-kick into the net. Some might say Sunderland keeper Mignolet should have done better, but there was a lot of power in it. Smashing strike.

12.47: Balotelli sets Tevez up with a nice pass, and Cuellar upends the Argentina with a ghastly challenge on the edge of the Sunderland penalty area. A yellow card for Cuellar, I wouldn't have been amazed to see a red.

12.46: Joleon Lescott loses the ball in midfield in the opening minute, and Sunderland string a few passes together. Both teams are feeling each other out.

12.45: Goodness, they are being prompt here. We're under way on time.

12.44: Here come the strains of Blue Moon. Beautiful song.

12.43: The usual teams will be up there. It's between City and United again for me.
Gary, London

12.41: The teams are coming out. The cameras are focused on Joe Hart. No surprise there, the England keeper was sensational in City's midweek clash with Borussia Dortmund.

12.40: With those wages one of them deserve the title. A decent manager would remind them that they are footballers not prima donnas. Can you imagine Norman Hunter or Tommy Smith in the game now Jon Dearden

12.37: Whether it's a good morning, good afternoon or good evening, your company is appreciated as we head into another big weekend of sport.

12.35: Hi, I'm from Australia and I'm following your updates on the City-Sunderland game on the Daily Mail site Just saying thanks very much for this because we can't watch any Premier League matches here, unfortunately and so it's great to be able to keep up with the action! Tipping Chelsea for the title this year, but hoping City can manage two in a row! Cheers 🙂 Tessa.

12.30: The ground is really starting to fill up now, with 15 minutes until kick-off. It's a big sporting day in Manchester, what with the big rugby league final this evening. And what a beautiful autumnal day, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness at its best.

12.20: Come on City, let's get our title bid really going now.
James, Chalfont St Peter

12.15: I've just remembered this fixture last season. I was in Koh Samui on a boiling hot Saturday night. That late City recovery from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 was rather important as things turned out.

12.10: Funny old game. And a funny old season so far. None of the big guns have been properly firing in these opening couple of months. Who do you fancy as the title winners Don't be shy, drop me a line to [email protected]

Hoping for victory: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Hoping for victory: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

12.05: Here are the teams for this lunchtime match:

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Y. Toure, Silva, Balotelli, Tevez.
Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Rodwell, K.Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Westwood.

12.00: Manchester
City have had a mixed start to the season, but will be expected to beat
Sunderland and move into second place in the Premier League.