Saturday, July 27, 2013
Sunderland vs Manchester City
Sunderland will take on Manchester City in the final of the 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy this afternoon.
The Black Cats defeated fellow Premier League side Tottenham 3-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final.
Spurs took the lead through a Sigurdsson goal on 28 minutes, but was pegged back with an equaliser from Cabral before half time.
West Brown and David Moberg Karlsson netted Sunderland’s other two goals in the second half, booking themselves a place into today’s final.
A first-half header from Edin Dzeko was enough to see Manchester City over come South China 1-0.
Paolo Di Canio leads his side into battle this afternoon against Manuel Pellegrini and his new-look Manchester City side for the prestigious *snort* Barclays Asia Trophy.
Having overcome Tottenham Hotspur in some in some horrendous circumstances, things look as though they're going to be even worse today with the rain continuing to pour in Hong Kong this week.
The key focus will be on fitness and not letting anyone succome to injury as Jan Vertonghen did during our 3-1 win over the North London side on Wednesday.
The game itself however should be a great test for Sunderland to see whether that win was really the dawning of a new era or not, and send out another long-distance message to other teams watching at home this weekend.
It's a perfectly winnable game too. We've a decent record against City in recent years, and with them struggling to overcome South China midweek and putting in some pretty abysmal performances on a recent tour of South Africa, they're there for the taking.