Manchester City vs. Sunderland: Lineups

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Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez start for Manchester City as they face a home encounter against Sunderland.

Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli start for Manchester City as Roberto Mancini rotates his squad after their midweek game against Borussia Dortmund.

Sergio Agüero and Edin Džeko have been moved to the bench after starting in midweek, with Joleon Lescott also returning to the side. Yaya Toure shakes off injury fears to start, although Javi Garcia is not named in the team or among the subs after picking up an injury against the Bundesliga outfit.

Sunderland, meanwhile, continue with a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Stéphane Sessègnon just behind Steven Fletcher. Carlos Cuellar returns to the side after recovering from injury, but Craig Gardner continues at right-back regardless.


Manchester City starting lineup: (4-3-3): Joe Hart; Aleksandr Kolarov, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Pablo Zabaleta, James Milner, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez. Bench: Costel Pantilimon, Gaël Clichy, Kolo Toure, Jack Rodwell, Samir Nasri, Sergio Agüero, Edin Džeko

Sunderland starting lineup (4-4-1-1): Simon Mignolet, Danny Rose, Carlos Cuellar, John O'Shea, Craig Gardner, Jack Colback, Sebastien Larsson, James McClean, Adam Johnson, Stéphane Sessègnon, Steven Fletcher. Bench: Kieran Westwood, Fraizer Campbell, Matthew Kilgallon, David Vaughan, David Meyler, Titus Bramble, Louis Saha.

Kickoff is at 12:45pm local time, 7:45am ET.

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