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Manchester City vs Sunderland, 2016 Premier League: Confirmed Lineups

The Premier League begins for the Citizens

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The Premier League is here! One of the most exciting seasons of all time starts this weekend, and Manchester City's opener is one of the must-watch games on Matchday 1, as Pep Guardiola makes his official City debut at home against Sunderland.

Etihad Stadium is ready for the game (and the fans).

And the lineups are out!


Manchester City starting lineup (4-3-3):

Caballero | Clichy, Kolarov, Stones, Sagna | Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne | Nolito, Agüero, Sterling

Substitutes from: Hart, Zabaleta, Fernando, Navas, Delph, Otamendi, Iheanacho

Sunderland starting lineup (4-3-2-1):

Manonne | van Aanholt, Kone, Kaboul, Love | Gooch, O'Shea, Rodwell | Watmore, Borini | Defore

Substitutes from: Pickford, Djilobodji, Lens, McNair, Khazri, Asoro, Januzaj


As expected, a surprising first starting lineup from Pep Guardiola. Joe Hart is not in goal which could mean the end of the goalkeeper's career with the Citizens. Kolarov is again at center-back, both Silva and De Bruyne start, and Nolito and Sterling are the wingers. Very attacking lineup, with Fernandinho as the midfield anchor. David Silva is your captain.

This should be fun, with a lot of attack from City and maybe a few scares at the back with Caballero's poor distribution. Let's see how it goes.