A chance of 3 points for The Citizens

Last updated: December 9, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWLL
Away form: LLDLL
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

The Swans are on a nightmare run of 4 defeats in their last 5 Premiership matches. The Swans lost to Leicester 0-3 at The Liberty Stadium in the 15th round and showed they have big problems in defence. They tried to keep Jamie Vardy quiet, but Mahrez was on fire and scored a hat-trick in their net. Swansea were also very unlucky, they hit the post twice in the match.

Manuel Pellegrini tried to explain after the defeat to Stoke 0-2, that occasional losses happen, but when a team is defeated in 3 of 5 matches it just can’t be accidental! Manchester City have conceded 9 goals in their last 5 matches (all competitions). This upcoming fixture against Swansea is a great opportunity for The Citizens to come back to winning ways.

Furthermore, Manchester City have recorded 6 home victories of 6 games against Swansea. In addition, The Swans have scored in City’s net only twice. So, no matter what the form of the teams are, Man City traditionally win against The Swans. Can Swansea record an historical victory at The Etihad Stadium?

Team News

The only injured player for Swansea is Franck Tabanou, but he is not a key player. Tabanou hasn’t played in a single match this season.

Sergio Aguero is injured again. This time, the Argentinian is suffering from a heel injury and won’t take part in the match.

Pellegrini will have a hard time in picking his starting XI. Toure, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nasri and Roberts are also injured.

Wilfried Bony will surely start the match for Manchester City. The Ivorian has scored only twice this season, but there isn’t a good option for his replacement.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) :
“On the positive side we are still in all four competitions.”

garry monk
Garry Monk (Swansea) :
“I have never quit anything in my life – I will fight as hard as I can because I want the club to do well and I want to bring success.”

Expected line-ups:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Sagna, Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Fernando, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Bony.
Subs Caballero, Manuel Garcia, Navas, Demichelis, Iheanacho, Delph, Clichy.
Injured: Roberts, Kompany, Toure, Nasri, Zabaleta, Aguero.
Not available:
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton, Sung-Yong, Montero, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis.
Subs Cork, Emnes, Bartley, Dyer, Shelvey, Barrow, Angel Rangel.
Injured: Tabanau
Not available:

Key Battle

fernandinho Fernandinho this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 (1) 1250 2 0,7 1 2 5 0
montero Montero this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
9 (5) 886 0 0,7 2 1 0 0

So far this season

. . .
Manchester City this season Swansea this season
3 League Position 15
6 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 2-0 vs. Newcastle
0 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (2)
2 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (4)
1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal and Leicester
Aguero (7) Top scorer Ayew (6)
Silva, De Bruyne (6) Assist Leader Shelvey, Montero (2)
Y27, R0 Discipline Y27, R0
3 Failures to score 7
7 Clean Sheets 2
7 Both Teams to Score Games 7
9 Over 2.5 Games 8
6 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • Manchester City have won 6 of 8 Premiership matches at The Etihad Stadium this season. The Citizens have conceded at least 1 goal in their net in the last 6 home games.
  • Swansea have won only one away Premiership game. The Swans won 2-1 against Aston Villa at Villa Park. They have lost on 4 occasions.
  • The last match between these two teams was 6 months ago and Manchester City won 4-2 at The Liberty Stadium. Wilfried Bony scored against his ex team in the 90th minute.
  • Manchester City have won 8 of 12 games against Swansea. The Swans have recorded only 3 victories against The Citizens, all of them were played at The Liberty Stadium.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
17/05/15 The Premier League Swansea 2-4 Man City Touré 21′
22/11/14 The Premier League Man City 2-1 Swansea 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′
04/05/13 The Premier League Swansea 0-0 Man City