FREE-SCORING Manchester City host managerless Swansea City at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon and will look to close the gap at the top of the table (KO 15:00 GMT)
After sacking manager Gary Monk in the week, a frail Swansea head to the North West to face a confident City side, buoyed by the conclusion of their triumphant Champions League group stage.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men look to have found their scoring touch again following the 4-2 win against Borussia Monchengladbach. The home side will also take solace from their fine home form so far this campaign having won thirteen of their fifteen games at the Etihad.
Swansea will need to get their act together, having won only one and losing five of their last eight games, not scoring in four of the last five. This stat may get worse for the Swans as City’s Joe Hart has the most clean sheets in the league.
Former Swansea striker Wilfried Bony has scored four times in the last three meetings of these teams—three for Swansea and one for his current employers.
A win for City would keep them in good stead in the title race whilst Swansea are edging closer and closer to a relegation battle in the slump that cost Gary Monk his job.
Pellegrini is hoping Sergio Aguero will be back for the Premier League clash, and the Uruguayan will also wait on captain Vincent Kompany’s situation. Defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis missed the midweek victory and the latter could be fit for Saturday.
The Swans have no fresh injury concerns after Bafetimbi Gomis returned for the defeat at Leicester last week so first team coach Alan Curtis, who is taking the helm for Saturdays game, has a full squad to choose from for the trip to the Etihad.
By George Dove