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  • 11 March 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 20510
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Swansea - Manchester City Preview: Hosts have conceded only 10 goals at home this season

Swansea - Manchester City Preview: Hosts have conceded only 10 goals at home this season

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The Citizens will look to maintain their exceptional Premier League form despite visiting South Wales without captain Vincent Kompany, who is set to miss the next two weeks


PROBABLE LINEUPS


SWANSEA CITY


Vorm
Rangel, Williams,
Caulker, Taylor
Routledge, Britton, Allen, Sinclair

Sigurdsson
Graham
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kolo Toure, Lescott, Clichy
Nasri, Yaya Toure, Barry

Aguero, Balotelli, Silva


Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers will be without the services of winger Nathan Dyer, who is serving the first game of a three-match ban after the 24-year-old saw red during the victory away to Wigan last Saturday.

Dyer’s absence from the starting line-up will allow former Newcastle midfielder Wayne Routledge to regain a spot in Rodgers' side, having missed out on the Swans' previous two fixtures against Wigan and Stoke City.

The only doubt for Rodgers is the fitness of Wales international Ashley Williams, who has
been suffering from a stomach bug but is expected to be fit enough to take his place at the heart of the Swansea defence.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will arrive in Wales minus skipper Vincent Kompany, who limped off early during the Citizens' Europa League defeat away to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

The Italian will also be hoping to welcome back defender Micah Richards to take over the right-back spot, after left-back Gael Clichy was forced to fill in during the defeat in Lisbon, when Richards and Pablo Zabaleta were both missing due to injury.

Maverick frontman Mario Balotelli will also be hoping for a first-team return after his excellent cameo performance in midweek for Mancini’s side, replacing Edin Dzeko, who had a night to forget during the defeat.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • This game will be played almost 29 years to the day since Swansea last claimed victory in this fixture, coming out 4-1 winners in 1983.
  • The home side have only conceded 10 goals at the Liberty Stadium this season, with Roberto Mancini’s outfit being the only team who have a better defensive record at home.
  • Danny Graham is the Welsh side’s top goalscorer so far this season, having claimed 10 league goals since his move from Watford in the summer.
  • Swansea’s Dutch born goalkeeper Michel Vorm has achieved 10 clean sheets so far in his first season in the Premier League.
  • Manchester City claimed a four-goal victory when the two sides met at the start of the season, with Sergio Aguero claiming a double on his debut and Edin Dzeko and David Silva also scoring.
  • Goalkeeper Joe Hart (pictured right) has gone 390 minutes without conceding a goal in the Premier League, with Everton’s Darron Gibson being the last player to beat the England stopper.
  • Roberto Mancini’s side currently have an incredible 11-goal advantage to go along with their two-point lead over their local rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League. 
 
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Players to watch

M. Vorm

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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The 28-year-old shot-stopper has been sensational for the South Wales side since joining from FC Utrecht in the summer, which has meant he has been in demand. He will be key for Swansea if they are to have any chance of claiming victory against the lead leaders.

Y. Touré

Position: Midfielder

Games: 11

  • 2
  • 3
  • 0
The Ivory Coast international’s presence was sorely missed by Roberto Mancini’s side as they fell to defeat away to Sporting Lisbon and he will be key for Manchester City if they are to claim victory at what has quickly become one of the hardest venues in the Premier League for visiting sides.

Editor's Prediction

The Liberty Stadium has been one of the toughest venues for visiting sides to gain a result at this season, and with Manchester City suffering disappointment during their Europa League trip to Sporting Lisbon, they will be extra motivated to keep rivals Manchester United at arm’s length at the top of the league.

Without the services of inspirational captain Vincent Kompany, the trip to Swansea will be even harder for Roberto Mancini’s side, but their strength in depth should be able to see them sneak through and continue to lead the Premier League.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Swansea City

Manchester City

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
Draw
Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
25%
65%

Top 3 Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
0 - 3
Manchester City FC MNC
Swansea City AFC SWA
0 - 2
Manchester City FC MNC
Swansea City AFC SWA
1 - 3
Manchester City FC MNC

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