Man City v Sunderland Odds : Backing Steven Fletcher could reap dividends for punters

The early kick-off in the Premier League this weekend comes from the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City host Sunderland at 12:45 on a Super Saturday.

The away side were the only team to take anything from the Etihad last season as they managed a 3-3 draw, so City are sure to be out for revenge as they welcome Martin O’Neils side.

Roberto Mancini’s men have not been at their devastating best yet this campaign, so he is sure to want a big performance and more importantly, all three points in this one.

The Citizens have had good results in the Premier League despite not firing on all cylinders, so the 2/7 on the Man City home win could put plenty of punters off as they make their way through the weekend coupon.

They currently sit in fourth position and with this being the early kick-off, know that a win would take them to within a point of table-toppers Chelsea, which is an incentive in itself.

Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko were the preferred strike partnership on Wednesday evening for City’s 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

However, Mario Balotelli came on to score a last minute penalty and Carlos Tevez has three goals to his name in the league, so Mancini has a slight selection head-ache going forward.

Edin Dzeko came off the bench to find the net with a late winner at Fulham in their previous outing and Mancini may be forced into giving the German striker a starting role in the side, and his odds of 4/1 with Paddy Power are sure to see plenty of support.

As for Sunderland, they will be delighted that they can come to Manchester with the pressure somewhat off them after picking up their first victory of the campaign against Wigan Athletic last time out.

The Black Cats have been impressive so far, but unable to close games out. Although they know this will be a tough ask, they can still come to the Etihad knowing they are capable of taking something from the game.

Steven Fletcher has scored all five of Sunderland’s goals in the top flight and looks to already be proving just why Martin O’Neil spent £12 million on bringing him to the club.

The Scotsman will need to take any half chance he may be given on Saturday, and it could be his day, with City conceding in every Premiership game so far this season, making Bet365‘s price of 12/1 for the ex Wolves man to find the net first one of the best value bets of the weekend.


This game could really set the tone for a superb weekend in the Premier League.