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Roberto Mancini has refreshed his forward pairing as his side seek an improvement on the defeat against Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday against Michael Laudrup's Swans

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dropped Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli to the substitutes' bench for the clash with Swansea.

Carlos Tevez and fellow countryman Sergio Aguero are instead preferred, despite the former's current eight-game score-less run.

Joeleon Lescott is also omitted from the starting line-up as the Italian looks to shore up the backline after a disappointing display against Ajax in midweek.

Michael Laudrup spoke earlier in the week of his admiration for Ajax's 'false' No.9 approach with midfielders arriving late into the penalty area to add extra pressure on the opposing defenders.

And, as such, the Swansea boss has kept faith in the attacking midfield trio of Michu, Wayne Routledge and Pablo Hernandez in the absence of a recognised striker.

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Y.Toure, Barry, Nasri, Tevez, Kolarov, Aguero
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Toure, Sinclair, Evans, Dzeko, Balotelli

Swansea City: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, Ki Sung Yueng, Hernandez, De Guzman, Routledge; Michu
Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Tiendalli, Dyer, Agustien, Graham, Schechter