Manchester City take on Sunderland in an English Premier League fixture on Tuesday at the Stadium of Light. The Citizens look the clear favourites to snatch out a win in the match, but the Black Cats cannot be underestimated at home.
The biggest news of the week for Man City so far has been the news of former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola being appointed the new manager of the side after the end of the current season. Guardiola will be replacing Manuel Pellegrini.
The Chilean coach has not done badly at all for the Citizens in the new calendar year, as the 2013-14 Premier League champions haven't recorded a single defeat in the EPL for the month of January, and the confidence must be high following Manchester City's big 4-0 win against Aston Villa in the FA Cup this weekend.
Manchester City, currently second in the Premier League, are in line to win as many as four titles this season. While they hold a strong position at the top of the Premier League table, they are also in the League Cup final. Not only that, Manchester City also have good chances of going further in the FA Cup as well as the UEFA Champions League this season.
"If you ask me if I want to be in all four competitions, then the answer is yes, but if you are saying if it is easier when you play less games then maybe," Pellegrini was quoted by the BBC ahead of the game.
"[In the last six weeks] we've got to the final of one cup and we have progressed in the other."
The pressure will be on Sunderland today, as the side led by Sam Allardyce have struggled to find their footing this season, and they currently lie 19th in the 20-team table. Their latest fixture turned out to be a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth in the Premier League last month.
The Black Cats have been defensively very poor this season as they have conceded 46 times, also the highest number of goals conceded among the 20 teams this season. And with the presence of a lethal goalpoacher in the form of Sergio Aguero for Manchester City, there might be more problems for Sunderland in today's game.
"He's [Aguero] the big difference between what Man City have been doing in terms of results," Allardyce said ahead of the game. "He seems to be the man who turns games in their favour on a very regular basis so we need to stop that threat he has; one by the service and two by getting two or three men around him when he does get the ball to try and stop his goalscoring ability, which at this moment in time is outstanding."
Where to watch live
Sunderland vs Manchester City is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 pm GMT (1:30 am IST, 3 pm EST) on Tuesday, 2 February.
In the UK and Ireland, there will be no TV coverage of the game, but the radio commentary will be available on TalkSport Radio World.
The live scores can be followed on the Premier League Match Centre.