Can Manchester City recover from their UEFA Champions League defeat when they face inconsistent Swansea?
After losing to Ajax away to all but kill off their UEFA Champions League hopes, it almost feels like Man City manager Roberto Mancini has something to prove against Swansea City – despite masterminding their Premier League success last season. Stumble again against Swansea, and a blip might become a crisis.
Venue Etihad Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm
Last season Man City 4 Swansea 0
Referee Martin Atkinson
This season’s matches 6 Y25, R1, 4.33 cards per game
Odds Man City 1-4 Swansea 14-1 Draw 17-3
Subs from Pantilimon, Wright, Lescott, Dzeko, Clichy, K Touré, Nimely, Balotelli, Guidetti, Evans, Suárez, Johnson
Doubtful Y Touré (shin)
Injured García (thigh, 3 Nov), Maicon (ankle, 3 Nov), Silva (hamstring, 3 Nov), Zabaleta (hamstring, 3 Nov), Rodwell (hamstring, 11 Nov)
Suspended Milner (one match)
Form guide WWWDDW
Disciplinary record Y9 R1
Leading scorer Dzeko 5
Subs from Cornell, Tremmel, Agustien, Tate, Graham, Dyer, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Gower, Richards, Lucas, Tiendalli
Injured Bartley (thigh, Dec), Taylor (ankle, May)
Form guide WDLLLD
Disciplinary record Y15 R2
Leading scorer Michu
CaughtOffside Predicted Line-Ups
Manchester City have won their last six home games against Swansea.
The Swans’ only league win away to City was a 2-1 victory in Division Two on 14 March 1951.
Edin Dzeko has scored six league and cup goals for Manchester City this term, five of which were as a substitute.
Roberto Mancini’s men are unbeaten in 33 Premier League matches at the Etihad Stadium, winning 30.
City have kept one clean sheet in their last 14 games in all competitions, conceding a total of 24 goals.
They have scored 41% of their league goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season – the highest proportion in the top flight.
The Swans have only won one of their last seven away league games (W1, D1, L5).
Michu has scored six league goals from eight shots on target this season.
All but one of Swansea’s 14 league goals this season have come from open play.
CaughtOffside Prediction: 2-1. Champions scrape a home victory to get back to winning ways.