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  • October 27, 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
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Manchester City - Swansea Preview: Mancini eyes home comforts after European disaster

Manchester City - Swansea Preview: Mancini eyes home comforts after European disaster

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The champions will aim to maintain their incredible Premier League record at the Etihad against Michael Laudrup's side, following their crushing defeat to Ajax on Wednesday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS



MANCHESTER CITY


Hart,
 Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
 Barry, Toure
Sinclair, Nasri, Tevez
Aguero


SWANSEA

Vorm,
Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
 De Guzman, Ki, Britton,
 Hernandez, Michu
, Routledge

Roberto Mancini will be without influential playmaker David Silva (hamstring) after he returned injured from international duty, while James Milner is suspended after his sending-off last week.

The champions also have doubts over  Yaya Toure (ankle), Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Javi Garcia (thigh) and Maicon (ankle).

Edin Dzeko started in City's midweek loss at Ajax and is expected to drop back to the bench behind Carlos Tevez after a poor showing in Amsterdam.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup is still without summer signing Kyle Bartley (thigh) and long term injury absentee Neil Taylor (ankle).

Michu has lined up as a central striker in recent weeks, and is set to continue in the position, after a fine goalscoring start to the campaign.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 33 league games at the Etihad.
  • Mancini's men have also scored in each of their last 35 matches in front of their hom support.
  • City have fired in 56 shots on target this season, more than any other team in the top flight.
  • Swansea's summer acquistion Michu (pictured) has scored six goals from just eight shots on target this season.
  • They Swans recorded their first Premier League win since August with a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic last weekend.
  • They have won just one and lost five of their last seven Premier League away games.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
-George EvansMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
4ChicoDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
5MichuMidfielder
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
33Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
24Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
9Danny GrahamStriker
9Itay ShechterStriker
Players to Watch
Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 1 0

Manchester City's recent dip in form is reflected in the performances of the captain. His uncharacteristic mistake led to Milner's sending-off last week and the Belgian has failed replicate the leadership which led City to the title last season. If Kompany can get back to his best then City can perhaps do the same.

Michu
Michu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Since arriving in Wales from Rayo Vallecano the Spanish attacker has already notched six league goals and displaced regular frontman Danny Graham in Laudrup's line-up. City have conceded a large number of goals from set-peices this season and must be wary of Michu's aerial ability.

Prediction

Swansea started the season of brilliantly but have sinced faded under Laudrup. They haven't been the best travellers in the league and they're task is made no easier by City's daunting record at the Etihad. Mancini will be livid with his side's Champions League exploits and will demand a reaction from his players in front of home support.

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