Manchester City visit Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in an attempt to dodge a fifth-straight 1-0 bullet at the hands of its candy-striped denizens.
On each occasion during the three years that followed the first of those unexpected reverses a repeat of the Mackems’ initial shock success seemed utterly implausible.
Yet in every instance the Wearsiders have found another way to upset the odds as legions of punters bemoaned another monumental coupon buster.
Sunderland are 35/2 for a fifth successive 1-0 home win over the 2013/14 champions and here’s why they can spear the odds once more.
Sergio Aguero has failed to bag against Sunderland in four straight starts.
Kun may have been up to firing a hat-trick past FC Bayern Munchen, but the history books suggest he’ll find things somewhat more difficult against Gus Poyet’s men.
City’s white-hot goal getter has struck just once in six games against Sunderland, having played in three of their 1-0 Stadium of Light disappointments.
The Black Cats have given up just two goals in their last four matches.
Sunderland have repelled no lesser foes than Chelsea since taking a wrench to the burst cock-up pipeline that had flooded matches against Southampton and Arsenal.
City’s central defence is threadbare with injuries and suspensions.
First choice central-defensive partnership Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala are both unavailable this evening, meaning it’s a toss up between ‘Dangerous’ Dedryck Boyata and part-time exponent Bacary Sagna to partner Martin Demichelis.
A moderate home frontline should be able to force themselves through.
Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Chelsea have all failed to win on Wearside in 2013/14.
There’s simply no denying the hosts relish clashes with Premier League topcats, with both Man Utd and the champions elect failing to best them for the second successive meeting this term.
City are 53/100 to claim maximum reward for the fourth successive fixture in Sunderland, while the hosts are 6/1 for victory and the draw is a 31/10 shot.