Swansea City v Manchester City preview - Game of the Week

All eyes at Manchester City would have been on United last week, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side began their last game of a difficult period of fixtures. To see their rivals emerge unscathed with another comfortable three points will have been slightly demoralising for City fans. If there was a run of fixtures this season that could have seen United slip up, that was it. The pressure is now back on City, still just two points clear at the top of the table, as they face a difficult away trip to Swansea City.

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FORM

Swansea City

League Form: DWLLW

The Swans made an excellent start to their first season in the Premier League and while their form has been inconsistent in recent weeks, they remain well clear of the relegation zone and look set to feature in the Premier League again next season. Their excellent home record, losing only twice at the Liberty Stadium all season, will make Sunday’s game a tricky one for the league leaders.

Manchester City

League Form: LWWWW

Hard to argue with City’s form in the last few weeks, recovering well from a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Everton with four straight league wins. That said, Mancini’s side have a much more challenging run-in than United, with games against Chelsea and Arsenal coming up in the next few weeks, before what could be a hugely significant game at home to United at the end of April. City will therefore be determined to sweep away “lesser” opposition and avoid any unexpected slip-ups.

TEAM NEWS

Swansea City

The Swans have very few selection concerns ahead of Sunday’s game, with only two players likely to be missing. Kemy Agustien misses out with an ankle injury that has caused his absence over the last few games while speedy young winger Nathan Dyer is suspended, following his red card away at Wigan last weekend; Wayne Routledge could come into the side.

Manchester City

Man City have a number of injury concerns ahead of their game, with particular worries in defence. Club captain and defensive stalwart Vincent Kompany is ruled out following a calf injury picked up in the Europa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday evening while Pablo Zabaleta is also out. Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards are also minor doubts for the game.

PLAYER WATCH

Swansea CityGylfi Sigurdsson

The Icelandic international has been in inspired form for the Swans since joining on loan in January, bagging three goals and three assists in his first seven games.

Manchester CityJoe Hart

Strange as it may seem to highlight the goalkeeper as the key player for the team with the highest goal-scoring record in the league, with City’s injury problems in defence, the England keeper will have to ensure strong communication with what could be a makeshift back-four against a pacy, dangerous Swansea frontline.

KEY STATS

Swansea have the second best home defensive record in the league, with only City conceding fewer goals at home this season.

Should Man City keep a clean sheet on Sunday it will be the first time they have kept five cleans sheets in a row in the top division since April 1915 (BBC SPORT)

PREDICTIONS

Lots of the Yorker Sports team were correct in predicting a United win away to Spurs last weekend but bonus points for Aimee Howarth and Craig Dobson (roaring back into predicting form) who correctly predicted a 3-1 United win.

This week, I can’t see past a Man City win. Even with potentially makeshift defence, which could be troubled by Swansea’s lightning quick attack, the likes of Aguero, Toure, Silva and Balotelli will be too strong for Swansea’s defence and I can see a comfortable 3-1 City win.

James Tompkinson says… 2-1 City

Aimee Howarth says… 3-0 City

Sam Holloway says…1-0 City

Stephen Puddicombe says… 3-1 City

Craig Dobson says… 2-0 City

Dave Hughes says… 4-1 City

Alex d’Albertanson says… 2-2



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