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Sunderland will again be without suspended duo Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.

The midfielder and the full-back will both serve the second match of a three-game suspension following their dismissals at Hull last weekend.

Keeper Keiren Westwood is available again after sitting out the 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Southampton.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are without playmaker David Silva and captain Vincent Kompany for their Premier League trip to Sunderland.

Midfielder Fernandinho and defender Matija Nastasic are also doubtful after suffering knocks in the midweek Champions League win over CSKA Moscow.

Striker Stevan Jovetic is also still sidelined while manager Manuel Pellegrini again looks set to prefer Costel Pantilimon to Joe Hart in goal.

There has not been much to celebrate at Sunderland in recent years so the fact they have beaten Manchester City at home three seasons in a row is remarkable.

The Black Cats have won only one league game since April, but new manager Gus Poyet has steadied a sinking ship and there is fresh hope on Wearside.

Few will expect them to make it a four wins out of four over a rampant Manchester City side that has scored 12 goals in their last two games.

Stranger things have happened, though, and this will be a fascinating test of City’s recently enforced title credentials.

Stat of the game: City have won their last three games, scoring 14 goals in the process.

Sunderland (Possible, 4-4-2): Westwood; Bardsley, O’Shea, Brown, Colback; Johnson, Ki, Gardner, Giaccherini; Altidore, Fletcher.
Out: Cattermole, Dossena (both suspended).

Manchester City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Lescott, Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré; Milner, Agüero, Nasri; Negdredo.
Out: Kompany (thigh), Jovetic (calf), Silva (calf).
Tests: Fernandinho, Nastasic (unpecified).

Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 6, R2 Y26.

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