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Summary

  1. Man City XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Bony
  2. Sunderland XI: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Coates, Van Aanholt, M’Vila, Gomez, Johnson, Borini, Graham, Fletcher.

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Thanks for your company.

    Follow all the reaction to the Premier League matches here.

    There is also online coverage of the two late matches.

    Enjoy.

  2. FULL-TIME

    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland players at full-time
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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Kevin de Bruyne is announced as man of the match.

    It could be no one else...

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Wilfried Bony could have a hat-full.

    Again played through by Kevin de Bruyne, his shot is parried away by Vito Mannone.

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    City have got this won - they had after 25 minutes - but the big question will be how is Vincent Kompany?

    A huge blot on the afternoon at the moment.

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Should be 5-1.

    Kevin de Bruyne - again - has a curling shot saved by goalkeeper Vito Mannone but striker Wilfried Bony blazes over from close range.

    He has to do better.

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Now Sunderland defender John O'Shea is down.

    The Black Cats need him...

    He is walking freely. Stand down.

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Final Score

    "Wilfried Bony, what a disappointing penalty. We've seen some really good spot-kicks today but this was not one of them. It was hit way over the bar."

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    #bbcfootball

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Remember that good news Man City fans?

    It is now bad news. The Man City skipper limps off just minutes after coming on after eight matches out.

    That looks like it could be the calf again.

  12. MISSED PENALTY

    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Wilfried Bony looks dejected

    That is horrible.

    Kevin de Bruyne wanted to take the penalty, but it is Wilfried Bony who steps up and blazes the ball over the bar.

    David Silva earned the penalty after being caught by Seb Coates - it looked to be outside the penalty area.

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    There is absolutely no sign of a Sunderland comeback here.

    City back on the attack.

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Vincent Kompany

    Big news for Man City fans as Vincent Kompany comes on after eight matches out.

    Boy, have you missed him.

  15. Premier League latest scores

    We've been experiencing some issues this afternoon with our scores updating. So, just to be clear, here is how things stand in the Premier League:

    Latest scores:

    Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

    Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Chelsea 1-2 Watford

    Liverpool 0-0 Leicester

    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Swansea 1-0 West Brom

    Tottenham 2-0 Norwich

    Result from earlier:

    Stoke 2-0 Man Utd

  16. Get Involved

    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

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    Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Fabio Borini scores

    City haven't looked convincing defensively and - there you go.

    Substitute Lee Cattermole hopelessly mis-hits a shot but it falls into Fabio Borini's stride and, after his first attempt is saved, he converts.

    Slight chance? Possibly not, but for eight matches in a row City haven't kept a clean sheet.

  18. GOAL - Man City 4-1 Sunderland

    Fabio Borini

    Fabio Borini celebrates
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    Man City 4-0 Sunderland

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Final Score

    "Kevin de Bruyne has got so many qualities but probably his biggest two are his excellent delivery and he is very cool in front of goal.

    "That finish was so composed - he just passed it into the net."

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    Man City 4-0 Sunderland

    Kevin De Bruyne scores

    He just gets better.

    Kevin de Bruyne dances towards Sunderland's penalty area, gets a lucky break, as his attempted pass falls back in his stride, and he coolly converts.

    The Belgian has been sensational.

  21. GOAL - Man City 4-0 Sunderland

    Kevin de Bruyne

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    There have to be a couple more Man City goals in this...

    The big question remains whether City can keep a first clean sheet for eight matches.

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Same again from City.

    Brilliant from Kevin de Bruyne as he flicks the ball into David Silva's path.

    The midfielder has a curling effort palmed away by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

  24. KICK-OFF

    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Can Sunderland do anything about it?

    You would have to think not...

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Before today, Manchester City were unbeaten at home against Sunderland in the top flight for 13 matches spanning 34 years, winning 10, drawing three and scoring 36 goals. 

    That looks like being extended...

  26. HALF-TIME

    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    That could not be much easier for Manchester City.

    They have been brilliant going forward - defensively, not entirely convincing still.

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Final Score

    "Raheem Sterling looks onside to me. A lot of people have been talking about Sterling needing to time his runs better, but on this occasion he did really well and is onside in my opinion. In line with the last defender."  

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    This is absolutely relentless from Man City.

    Every time Kevin de Bruyne gets the ball on the right, you expect a goal.

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Almost a third assist for Kevin de Bruyne...

    He slips Raheem Sterling through on goal, who finishes with aplomb.

    Offside though - just.

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Kevin de Bruyne is simply outstanding.

    The home fans rise to applaud him as he produces a sublime spin in a tight corner. Comes to nothing, but he already has two assists to his name today...

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland are getting in behind City...

    This time Fabio Borini gets in but his low shot from an angle is easy for goalkeeper Joe Hart.

    City don't look great defensively though.

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderlamd

    Steven Fletcher shoots

    A rare Sunderland chance as Steven Fletcher diverts Patrick van Aanholt's low cross over the bar.

    At the other end, David Silva dances through Sunderland's defence but strikes inches wide from 20 yards.

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Domination? Not half.

    City
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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Things don't look particularly rosy for Sunderland do they?

    The team that has been 19th in the Premier League on Christmas Day has gone on to be relegated in each of the last four years.

    Where are Sunderland? Yes, 19th... over to you Mr Allardyce.

  36. 'Sunderland have let themselves down'

    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Football Focus

    "It's disappointing this from Sunderland. It's not acceptable. This form is going to see them relegated. 

    "It's another wonderful ball from Kevin de Bruyne but there was no physical challenge on Wilfried Bony. When you play for a Big Sam side, those are the details you work on. So far, Sunderland have let themselves down."

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    Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Wilfried Bony scores

    Regretting that journey to the Etihad, Sunderland fans?

    This could get embarrassing. Kevin de Bruyne floats in a cross from deep and Wilfried Bony is unchallenged to guide the ball home with his head from the penalty spot.

    We haven't even hit 25 minutes yet.

  38. GOAL - Man City 3-0 Sunderland

    Wilfried Bony

    Wilfried Bony celebrates
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    Man City 2-0 Sunderland

    So close to a lifeline.

    Fabio Borini does brilliantly on the right. He twists and turns and finds Danny Graham inside the penalty area.

    The Sunderland striker throws himself at the ball and heads just, just wide of the net.

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    Man City 2-0 Sunderland

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Football Focus

    "Huge credit to Raheem Sterling for the first Manchester City goal. To be able to direct the ball so accurately when the ball had so much pace on it, that is a real skill. 

    "On the second goal though, Sunderland just backed off Yaya Toure. I don't think you can have a go at the goalkeeper, but Sam Allardyce will be disappointed with the defending." 

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    Man City 2-0 Sunderland

    Yaya Toure celebrates

    Easy, easy.

    David Silva tucks the ball into Yaya Toure and, 22 yards out, the Man City midfielder drives the ball into the bottom corner.

    Sunderland - this does not look good.

  42. GOAL - Man City 2-0 Sunderland

    Yaya Toure

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    Man City 1-0 Sunderland

    Raheem Sterling celebrates

    That's a collectors item.

    Kevin de Bruyne pings in a beautiful cross from the right and the dimunitive Raheem Sterling somehow climbs above Billy Jones and heads into the net.

    Yes a Sterling header. Awful from Jones.

  44. GOAL - Man City 1-0 Sunderland

    Raheem Sterling

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    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher is almost played through for Sunderland but good defending by Eliaquim Mangala as he stretches out a foot after a sliding lunge - we haven't said that too often in recent weeks.

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    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland need to try and get hold of this. As soon as they get possession, they give it away again.

    An opener for City is only a matter of time if this continues...

  47. PENALTY APPEAL

    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Controversy here.

    Raheem Sterling cuts inside Billy Jones in the penalty area, the Sunderland defender woefully kicks out and the City man goes down.

    A penalty surely? Nope, Sterling is booked for diving. Harsh, very harsh.

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    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Jason Roberts

    Former West Brom striker on Football Focus

    Wilfried Bony

    "If you look at the talent they have got in their squad, it’s clear that Manchester City really should be winning the league title this year. 

    "City should be running away with it but they're not, because defensively they are not performing anything like they should be."

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    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    A confident start from City as they get in behind Sunderland's defence twice in the opening minutes.

    Nothing comes from either attack, but a worry for the strugglers.

  50. KICK-OFF

    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Game under way...

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    Man City v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Who likes an omen?

    Man City fans might not like this one.

    City have already lost five league games this season and no side has won the title after losing as many times by Christmas since Everton in 1986-87.

    Winning the title would be some effort from here...

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    Man City v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester City new logo

    Here come the teams...

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    Manchester City v Sunderland

    Should Manchester City be even higher in the Premier League table? Possibly. But their fans will think they should be higher than 12th in our Predictor league table.

    Sunderland fans, like their side, are scrapping around near the bottom. You can help improve your team's form by having your say in our Predictor game.

    You can also check out the Predictor league table and see whether your predictions are better than Mark Lawrenson's guesses.

    What are you waiting for? Get involved.

  54. Post update

    Man City v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Billy Jones in goal for Sunderland?

    Don't worry Black Cats fans... it is a simple typo from Manchester City.

  55. Lawro's prediction

    Man City v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester City v Sunderland

    It is 'man versus machine' this week. Our man Mark Lawrenson takes on a state-of-the-art super-computer called SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) in his weekly prediction game - find out here what they have plumped for.  

  56. Team news

    Man City v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany returns to the bench after eight games out with a calf injury.

    Sergio Aguero returns to the bench, having started the defeat by Arsenal, while Fabian Delph also drops out of the starting line up, with Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony brought in after the loss to Arsenal.

    City xi

    Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul is out because of a hamstring problem, while striker Jermain Defoe remains on the bench.

    Steven Fletcher starts on his own up front for the Black Cats.

    Sunderland
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    Man City v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Happy Christmas - but let's get on with the serious business.

    Manchester City start today's Premier League match at home to Sunderland six points off leaders Leicester.

    They will fancy putting the pressure on today - against a Black Cats side in the drop zone and five points adrift of safety.

    Should be straightforward then...

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    So, Manchester City are the strongest in the Premier League are they Mr Pellegrini? 

    Time for you to prove it.

    Mind you, things are looking a lot brighter than they are for your City rivals...

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    Welcome to our live page for Manchester City v Sunderland. We’ll have text commentary here from 14:30 GMT. You can keep up to date with all the build-up to today’s games here.