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FAIR PLAY RULES MAKING A ROD FOR CITY'S BACK; RESULT!

Byline: with sports betting's top tipster DEREK McGOVERN E-MAIL: betsguru@aol.com, ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JOHN SHAW

IT'S been a bad week for Manchester City. Not only is the destiny of the Premier League out of their hands, UEFA may issue sanctions against them for breaking their Financial Fair Play rules.

The sanctions UEFA are thinking of implementing are either a fine, a transfer embargo or an order to play Jack Rodwell (right) for the whole of next season.

City withstood a first-half mauling at Anfield before dishing out a second-half one themselves. You could say it was a game of two halves and I would too, although I avoid cliches like the plague.

Tonight's visitors Sunderland are seven points adrift of safety, having won just one point from a possible 18 since losing to City at Wembley in March. In short, this is not only a must-win game for Sunderland it's one they can't win on all known form.

It's also one they can't win on all unknown form.

The thought of Gus Poyet telling his team to go out and win is likely to be met only by laughter. First by his players and then by Gus.

Yet City have won just two of the last eight Premier League meetings with Sunderland, which just goes to show the only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself.

City are 1-6 to win the match. As the old saying goes, if you've got the six you don't need the one, which is exactly the philosophy that saw City end the last two seasons PS149million in debt.

I would put nobody off taking the even money about both teams scoring.
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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 16, 2014
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