Manchester, Oct 5: Manchester City have several problems to overcome after struggling against Borussia Dortmund in their UEFA Champions League 1-1 draw at the Etihad. The reigning English champions now take on an undefeated side Sunderland at home on Saturday.
City have remained unbeaten in 32 league games at home but Sunderland are one of the three sides to have not lost this season. However, the Black Cats registered their first win against Wigan Athletic last week.
Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole will miss the clash following his red card against MK Dons in a Capital One Cup clash.
Martin O'Niel's side have not won in their last 10 matches away from home while City will be hoping to seal their fourth win.
Mancini gets defensive boost as full-back Micah Richards returns while right back Maicon is available after brushing off an ankle injury.
Last season, City came back to level 3-3 at the Etihad Stadium after going down 3-1.
*Sunderland are unbeaten in their opening five games, their best Premier League start since 1955.
*Manchester City are unbeaten in 12 Premier League games, both home and away.
*Steven Fletcher has scored five goals from five shots on target.
Manchester City (4-4-2): Hart-Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy-Rodwell, Barry, Yaya Toure, Silva-Aguero, Tevez.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Mignolet-Rose, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble-Larsson, Colback, Johnson-McClean, Fletcher, Sessegnon.