Sunderland Promise to Be a Bigger Test of Manchester City’s Premier League Title Credentials than Southampton

Manchester City’s 3-0 dismissal of Southampton on Sunday afternoon has been portrayed in some quarters as the re-ignition of the Premier League title race. A ruthless City side, spearheaded by the magnificent Sergio Aguero and supplemented by the gradual return to form of Yaya Toure, are now set to hunt down leaders Chelsea, who showed the first signs of creakiness as they held on to a point at Sunderland on Saturday evening. Or so they say.

Certainly if there is any week to transform a season, then it is the one that Manuel Pellegrini has just experienced. A comeback victory over Swansea City last weekend, an unlikely but captivating win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, followed by the authoritative showing at St. Mary’s Stadium. A make-or-break week passed, and with David Silva expected to return for the crunch match with Roma in 10 days time.

Before then a trip to the Stadium of Light, a graveyard of seasons past for travelling City fans. If they can avoid a fifth successive 1-0 defeat there, then surely anything is possible as the Blue Moon Renaissance storms on?

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