Man City Perspective from Blue Moon
James Milner is suspended following his red card at The Hawthorns last week, and David Silva is still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell, Maicon, and Pablo Zabaleta also miss out as City’s injury problems mount. The likes of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli will be pushing for a place in the starting XI, while Scott Sinclair could make a rare start against his former team.
City are starting to rediscover their domestic form, with nine points from the last three games in the Premiership. The victory against West Bromwich Albion, when reduced to ten men for over an hour and trailing 1-0, was indicative of Champions and is ominous for Saturday’s visitors, Swansea City. However, our European woes continued midweek and Swansea will take encouragement from the comprehensive defeat we suffered in Amsterdam.
We’ve only ever played Swansea eight times in our history, winning five and losing three. The Swans were beaten 4-0 in the corresponding fixture on the opening day of last season, but the result flattered City a little and we subsequently lost 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
It’s a bad time for Swansea to come to The Etihad, and while they might frustrate us for a while, I fancy City to win fairly comfortably.
As such, backing a half time draw and full time City (X/1) is a decent bet at 4.30.
Elsewhere, Edin Dzeko is in good goalscoring form, but may not start the game so I’d back him as last scorer at 5.00.
Score prediction: City 2-0 Swansea, at 6.25.
Predicted line-up: (4-2-3-1)
Swansea perspective from SCFC2.
The Swans should have a full squad of players (bar Neil Taylor) to pick from which is good news for Michael Laudrup as he takes the club to its hardest away fixture of the year.
Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham, who were both dropped to the bench for the Wigan game, will both be pushing for starts whilst Jonathan De Guzman will be keen to retain his position in Swansea’s midfield three.
Since our blistering start to the season, the Swans have not been on top form, although they are unbeaten in two and an 11 point haul after eight games is a total many other clubs would be pleased with.
Under Laudrup, the Swans have looked more dangerous going forward and have been creating around 8 chances per game, but are conceding more so meaning they are good candidates for over 3.5 goals per game.
Any team needs form heading to The Etihad and there is no doubt that the club will be happier going with 3 points from Wigan than the 1 point they would have got if Kone’s goal had not been ruled offside.
Citeh away was Swansea’s first game in the Premier League last year and with some of the players wanting to swap shirts in the tunnel before the game, there was no surprise that we lost 4-0 as the class of Aguero told in the end.
City at the Liberty was a different story however and it was testimony to the tactics and the way we played that Gareth Barry was hauled off after 30 mins as Mancini wanted to gain some control of the midfield.
That game ended in a famous win for the Swans and so it was 3 points each last season and so the recent head to head is even. With a disappointing European night behind them, City might make the Swans pay.
But equally, they might carry the burden into this game and I can see them finding the pace of Routledge and Dyer difficult to handle again.
Back over 3.5 goals at 2.10.
I think both teams could make a cagey start to the game. Back a draw at half time and City full time at 4.30.
Wayne Routledge is 9.00 for a goal at any time. The winger has been on fire this year and I like these odds as he gets himself into a number of positions for goals, especially on the break.
I would not be surprised to see some goals in this game and whilst my heart says we will get something, my head says it will be 4-2 to Man City at 40.00.
Predicted line-up: (4-2-3-1)