Every year Manchester City rock up at the Stadium of Light with several shiny new stars in tow, but in each of the past three seasons that has not mattered a jot as they’ve been sent home with their tails between their legs.
Sunderland are 29/4 to make it four out of four, with the visitors 17/50 to end their hoodoo and the draw up for grabs at 4/1.
Each of the Black Cats wins in the last three seasons has come by a 1-0 scoreline.
Sunderland are not the first team that come to mind when you think of resolute defences, and Manchester City are rarely kept at bay, but time and again the hosts have frustrated their illustrious guests.
It is 19/1 that 1-0 is the score come the final whistle once again, which would represent the second time that City have been denied on their travels in the league this campaign.
Late goals have been key to sinking the Sky Blues, with injury-time winners in two of their three losses.
Gus Poyet would be wise to employ rope-a-dope tactics against his guests, sitting deep before springing forward late on to snatch three points from their disbelieving grasp.
Darren Bent and Ji Dong-Won have both struck in the dying minutes to record home wins over City, while there have been five goals after the 75th minute in the pair’s past six meetings anywhere.
Over 0.5 goals after that mark is available at 91/100 this time around.
Hell hath no fury like an Adam Johnson scored and the winger has scored two in the past four matches between the pair at the Stadium of Light.
Johnson showed his proclivity for netting in the North-East when he bagged a 90th minute equaliser for City the last time they avoided defeat at Sunderland.
When jettisoned by the big-spending Citizens he headed for the Black Cats and made a point to his former employers with the only goal in last season’s Stadium of Light encounter.
The wiry winger is 6/1 to bulge the onion bag at anytime.