In a lineup containing three centrebacks, Matija Nastasic, Vincent Kompany and Kolo Toure all start for the Blues. Robeto Mancini sticks with his Sergio Aguero-Carlos Tevez patnership up front, while there is another start for Javi Garcia in midfield. The in-form David Silva also starts in a strong attack for the Citizens.
Sunderland, meanwhile, stick with their usual 4-4-1-1, with Sebastian Larsson lining up in midfield. Craig Gardner also continues in his role at centre-back for the Black Cats, and Steven Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon continue their partnership up front.