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Team news for Sunday's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Sunderland at Eastlands (kick-off 4pm).

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Defenders Micah Richards and Jerome Boateng will both be missing as City resume their quest for a Champions League spot.

Richards injured a hamstring on England Under-21 duty a week ago and is out for at least a fortnight, while Boateng faces six weeks on the sidelines once he has knee surgery in the next few days.

Pablo Zabaleta is available after returning from a mercy dash to Argentina to visit his ill father.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will be boosted by the return of long-term absentees Fraizer Campbell and Michael Turner to the squad.

Striker Campbell has not made a senior appearance since damaging his knee in the home clash with City on August 29, while central defender Turner has also been sidelined by a knee injury since November 22.

Phil Bardsley (knee) and Sulley Muntari (calf) are expected to be fit, while John Mensah is available after his red card against Liverpool was rescinded. Kieran Richardson (hamstring) is a doubt and Nedum Onuoha is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement, while David Meyler (knee) remains on the sidelines.

Man City (from): Hart, Taylor, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Boyata, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Yaya Toure, Vieira, Barry, Silva, Milner, Adam Johnson, Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez, Razak.

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Gordon, Bardsley, Angeleri, Ferdinand, Bramble, Mensah, Turner, Muntari, Cattermole, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Zenden, Colback, Gyan, Welbeck, Campbell, Noble, Knott.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham  
Southampton v West Brom  
Swansea v Burnley  
17:30
Everton v Arsenal  
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR  
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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