The Citizens are one victory away from a Champions League spot.
Last updated: May 11, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The Liberty Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Even though Manchester City couldn’t win against Arsenal in the previous round (2-2), The Citizens should be grateful to West Ham United, because The Hammers beat their main contenders for 4th place – Manchester United 3-2. So, if Manuel Pellegrini’s players don’t lose against Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium on Sunday, they will surely take part in next season’s Champions League. The Citizens have a better goal difference, which means a point would be enough for them to hold onto the 4th position.
On the other hand, Swansea City have recently been in incredible form. The Swans smashed West Ham United 4-1 at The Boleyn Ground last weekend. Wayne Routledge, Sung-Yeung Ki, Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis found the Hammers net after 4 great counter-attacks. So, if Manchester City underestimate The Swans, The Citizens will surely lose the match.
But, Manchester City are a very tough opponent for Swansea City. The Citizens have won 5 consecutive matches against The Swans. The last time Swansea beat Manchester City was 4 years ago (1-0), when Luke Moore scored the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute.
The Citizens captain – Vincent Kompany is again injured. The Belgian defender has missed a large number of matches for Manchester City due to injuries.
Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva are the other injured players in Manchester City’s squad. So, Gael Clichy should be among the starting eleven.
Swansea City’s best player, Gylfi Sigurdsson, has received a shoulder injury and won’t take part in the game against Manchester City.
Alberto Paloschi, Neil Taylor and Jefferson Montero are also injured for The Swans. Paloschi has scored 2 goals in 10 appearances this season.
|Swansea City (4-3-3):||Fabianski, Naughton, Kingsley, Fernandez, Jordi Amat, Fer, Cork, Ki, Routledge, Ayew, Barrow.|
|Subs||M. Emnes, Gomis, Nordfeldt, Àngel Rangel, K. Gorré, J. Fulton, Britton.|
|Injured:||Sigurdsson, Montero, Paloschi, Taylor.|
|Manchester City (4-4-2):||Hart, Clichy, Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, De Bruyne, Iheanacho, Aguero.|
|Subs||Caballero, Delph, Toure, Demichelis, Nasri, Bony, Sterling.|
|Injured:||Silva, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Kompany.|
So far this season
|Swansea this season||Manchester City this season|
|8 (4)||(at home) Wins (away)||12 (7)|
|4-1 vs. West Ham||Biggest win||6-1 vs. Newcastle|
|5 (5)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (6)|
|5 (10)||(at home) Losses (away)||5 (5)|
|0-4 to Leicester||Biggest Defeat||1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham|
|Ayew, Sigurdsson (11)||Top scorer||Aguero (24)|
|Naughton, Sigurdsson, Cork (3)||Assist Leader||Silva (11)|
|Y59, R1||Discipline||Y58, R0|
|12||Failures to score||8|
|19||Both Teams to Score Games||18|
|20||Over 2.5 Games||25|
|17||Under 2.5 Games||12|
- Swansea City have won their last 4 Premier League games at The Liberty Stadium. Three of these victories were with the correct score of 1-0.
- Manchester City have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 Premiership games. The Citizens have won 4 of these matches.
- Manuel Pellegrini’s players have only won 2 of their last 6 visits in The Premier League (against Bournemouth and Chelsea). They have also lost twice (to Liverpool and Southampton).
- The Swans have only lost 5 of 18 matches at The Liberty Stadium this season. Francesco Guidolin’s lads have scored 19 goals in total (about 1 per game on average).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|12/12/15||The Premier League||Man City 2-1 Swansea||W. Bony 26′|
|17/05/15||The Premier League||Swansea 2-4 Man City||Y. Touré 21′|
|22/11/14||The Premier League||Man City 2-1 Swansea||W. Bony 9′|
|01/01/14||The Premier League||Swansea 2-3 Man City||Fernandinho 14′|
|01/12/13||The Premier League||Man City 3-0 Swansea||Negredo 8′|