Keeper Hart dropped by Man City

Pep Guardiola


Man City

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  • 3Sagna
  • 24Stones
  • 11Kolarov
  • 22Clichy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21Silva
  • 9Nolito
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 7Sterling
  • 10Agüero


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  • 5Zabaleta
  • 6Fernando
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 18Delph
  • 30Otamendi
  • 72Iheanacho


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  • 22Love
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  • 8Rodwell
  • 16O'Shea
  • 46Gooch
  • 14Watmore
  • 9Borini
  • 18Defoe


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  • 10Khazri
  • 13Pickford
  • 17Lens
  • 19McNair
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  • 44Januzaj
Robert Madley


Manchester City's £47.5m signing John Stones could make his debut in defence, with Vincent Kompany out and Nicolas Otamendi nursing a tendon problem.

New manager Pep Guardiola will be without Leroy Sane (hamstring), while Kevin De Bruyne is short of fitness.

Sunderland signings Adnan Janujaz, Papy Djilobodji, Donald Love and Paddy McNair could all feature in David Moyes' first game in charge.

Sebastian Larsson has been ruled out for six months with a knee injury.

Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff and Billy Jones are also injured.


BBC Sport's Simon Stone:

Goalkeeper Joe Hart has been left out of Guardiola's first starting line-up as Manchester City boss - and it is a pretty big statement of intent.

Hart's form has been the subject of intense debate given his disappointing performances at Euro 2016 - and it is true he is not a sweeper-keeper in the Manuel Neuer mould.

But having watched Willy Cabellero at close quarters during City's pre-season tour of China last month, the Argentine looked even less sure in his footwork.

Guardiola is yet to sell any players of any significance, but it is hard to avoid the conclusion today's decision is effectively telling Hart - City's first choice keeper since 2007 - he is no longer needed and an alternative, possibly Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, will be signed before the 31 August transfer deadline.


Steve Wilson: "News that Manchester City's long courtship of Pep Guardiola was finally to succeed broke last February - the day before Manuel Pellegrini's side won 1-0 at Sam Allardyce's Sunderland.

"Such was the effect of that announcement on Pellegrini's authority - and such was Allardyce's success on Wearside - that City took one point fewer than the Black Cats over the remaining 14 games of the season. Now both clubs are settling into life under a new manager.

"There's no point in hiring a Michelin-starred chef and then ordering pie and chips - so expect still more spending on City's squad before the end of the month.

"New Sunderland boss David Moyes comes with far fewer trophies, but with bags of nous and a point to prove.

"His long-term aim is to break the club's habit of being perennial strugglers against the drop - I'd be surprised if he doesn't succeed."

Twitter: @SteveWilson1967

SAM's verdict
SAM's predicted score: 1-0Probability of draw: 17%
Probability of home win: 74%Probability of away win: 9%