City will travel to Sunderland on Sunday knowing a slip in the North East will give Spurs the edge in the race for fourth place.
The blues recorded a superb win at Chelsea last time out and should be confident of securing another three points at the Stadium of Light. But City need to be aware of complacency ahead of the game, given Sunderland’s current position in relation to the blues.
The win at Stamford Bridge gave the blues a league double over Chelsea and proved that the blues can live with the best. From six games played against the top four sides, City have won three and drawn two so far this season. But it was the result at Chelsea that set the standard for the remainder of the season.
That standard needs to continue on Sunday against a Sunderland side that only recorded their first win of 2010 on Tuesday with a 4-0 home win over Bolton. The Black Cats scored after just 41 seconds but it was a second half Darren Bent hat-trick that secured the win that moved them further from the relegation zone.
With Spurs at home to Blackburn on Saturday, City cannot afford any slip on Sunday and will again look to Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez to provide the spark that will put the blues on the road to a fifth away win of the season.
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