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Manchester City V Sunderland: Confirmed Lineups, Joe Hart Dropped

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: David Moyes manager of Manchester United and Pep Guardiola head coach of Bayern Muenchen give instructions during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has laid down an early marker of a massive change by leaving Joe Hart of this evening’s Premier League match against Sunderland.

Guardiola is believed to be interested in Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen, however it is still a massive indicator as to how little he trusts Hart that he doesn’t want him in the Manchester City starting lineup at all.

Usual backup Willy Caballero has instead been selected, the 34-year-old’s first league appearance since the 4-0 win away at Bournemouth in April.

John Stones is also given an early chance to impress following his £47.5 move from Everton, but Leroy Sané is not yet fit enough to participate while Ilkay Gundogan will be out until September.

Forward Nolito is also selected from the start in a very attack-minded lineup from Guardiola.

Manchester City's Spanish head coach Pep Guardiola (C) reacts during the friendly football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg on August 7, 2016. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)


Sunderland, meanwhile, also have a new manager. Davd Moyes is back in England with a point to prove, and following his dismal stint at Manchester United manager, knows he now faces a battle to restore his reputation.

For his first competitive match as Sunderland manager, Moyes has named just one of new signings in the starting lineup. Donald Love starts at right back, with Papy Djilobodji, Paddy McNair and Adnan Januzaj all on the bench.

Sam Allardyce had successfully trained Jermain Defoe to become a lone striker and that is something Moyes is looking to utilise, with Fabio Borini and Duncan Watmore either side of the former England international.

20-year-old midfielder Lynden Gooch makes his Premier League debut, while Lamine Koné, who handed in a transfer request in midweek, also starts for the away side.

Last Season: Manchester City 4 (Sterling, Bony, Touré, De Bruyne) – Sunderland 1 (Borini)

Referee: Robert Madley

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