Manchester City kick-off life under new boss Pep Guardiola with a home clash against Sunderland on Saturday evening at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City v Sunderland
August 13th 2016
Live on BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultra HD
Manchester City have spent big this summer in order to put themselves back in the race for the title race this season. The Citizens signed John Stones for £47.5million from Everton and German youngster Leroy Sane for a reported fee of £37million. Both youngsters could make their debuts in this clash.
The title favourites have beaten Sunderland in the last five meetings and are undefeated in seven games against the Black Cats. The Citizens are favourites to win this clash at odds of 1/ 4 with Bet365 to make it six wins on the spin.
City striker Sergio Aguero has been prolific in pre-season and is odds of 5/2 with Coral to open the scoring.
Sunderland will start their new league campaign with yet another new boss, as former Everton boss David Moyes has taken the reigns at the Stadium of Light. His new side are light on players, so the addition of defenders Papy Djilobodji, Paddy McNair and Donald Love will be a slight relief to the Scot.
However, his Black Cats squad face a difficult opening few weeks of the campaign. Moyes needs to be active in the transfer market if he is to keep the side from the north east clear of the relegation zone.
The Black Cats are big underdogs in this clash, but can be backed for the victory at odds of 14/1 with Bet365.
The Manchester City win would not yield much value, neither would the over 2.5 goals scored. My big tip is to go for the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/5 at 888 Sport. Sunderland will come to defend for their lives, so City could find it hard to break them down.