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Manchester City

Manchester City host Swansea City as the Citizens look to close the gap between themselves and leaders Arsenal at the top of the table.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 4:10pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day 2 on BBC One at 10:25pm GMT.


Manchester City have been imperious at home this season, winning all their games so far in the league and scoring more than 25 goals. Their recent victims include the likes of Manchester United and Norwich City whom they dispatched 4-1 and 7-0 respectively. However, their 6-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, who came into the game with the meanest defence in the league, was possibly their most complete performance this season.

Goals from Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero sealed the game for Manuel Pellegrini. Only Bayern Munich have come to the Etihad and managed to win, which shows the size of the task that faces the Welsh club if they are to gain three points here. However, City's 4-2 midweek Champions league victory over Viktoria Plzen will have given the former Malaga manager something to think about.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will have one eye on defence before putting more men in attack. They come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Valencia and Laudrup's men will be hoping to put in a better performance.

What the Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "In the last two game here at home in Champions League, both teams scored two goals. It is too much. Especially in the last game - Plzen did not just score two goals but they had more chances. We are working every day in that sense."

Michael Laudrup: "City are the best home team in the league with 26 goals in six games so we know it will be a tough afternoon, but we can only surprise people there. Everybody expects City to win by a few goals because they've done that against everybody including Manchester United and Tottenham. So I think we will go there to do the best we can to get something out of it, and whatever happens we will still present a competitive team."

Team Guide

Manchester City

    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W W
    • Last Result: Manchester City 4-2 Tromso

Swansea City

    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W D D L
    • Last Result: Swansea 0-1 Valencia

Team News

Manchester City

    • Injured: Vincent Kompany (thigh), Matija Nastasic, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic (all calf)
    • Doubtful: N/A
    • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Hart; Zabaleta, Lescott, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré; Nasri, Agüero, Navas; Negredo.

Swansea City

    • Injured: Michu (ankle),Garry Monk (knee), Wilfred Bony (hamstring), Angel Rangel (calf).
    • Doubtful: N/A
    • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Vorm; Tiendelli, Williams, Chico, Davies; Britton; Dyer, Pozuelo, De Guzman, Routledge; Vazquez.