Swansea City host Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with little at stake for either side.

The Swans are ninth in the Premier League and have already secured a place in the Europa League for next term, by winning the Capital One Cup earlier this year. City, meanwhile, have surrendered their championship to Manchester United and will now focus on retaining second place in the league; Roberto Mancini has a six point lead over Chelsea, with four games left.

The reverse fixture, at the Etihad, finished 1-0 with Argentina striker Carlos Tevez scoring on the hour mark.

Carlos Tevez (2nd R)

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Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm BST. Watch highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.30pm BST.


Swansea were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend, with Chelsea running out comfortable winners. Michael Laudrup's men appear to have still not recovered from the euphoria of winning the Capital One Cup in February; the Welsh club have won only once since then, with defeats to West Brom, Arsenal, Tottenham and now Chelsea in that seven game period.

The good news, as such, is the poor run has not drastically hurt their position in the table. The club remains in a mid-table position and the players can look forward to Europa League football next season.

Their league home record is reasonable, with only four defeats in 17 games; six of the remaining 13 were wins. They've conceded a few more goals (23) than teams immediately around them and that indicates City will probably find the back of Michel Vorm's net over the 90 minutes. Will top scorer Michu be similarly successful for the hosts?

City recovered from a surprising late surrender at White Hart Lane two weeks ago to beat West Ham United 2-1 at the Etihad last weekend. The win was the club's fifth in the last six games across all competitions but the superb run of form has come too late to retain the league title.

Matija Nastasic (L)

Nevertheless, Mancini and his players are determined to finish the season on a high and appear in fine form the FA Cup final against Wigan, scheduled for next weekend. In addition, the remaining league games should all be easy wins for the former champions, with a trip to already relegated Reading on that list.

City have the second-best away record in the league, behind cross-town rivals United, with eight wins and five draws from 17 games. However, they've only scored 23 times on the road this season, which should please Swansea.

Expect a low-scoring game, with City's firepower likely to give them the edge.

Team Form

Swansea City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D D L L
  • Last Match: Chelsea 2 - 0 Swansea City

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W W
  • Last Match: Manchester City 2 - 1 West Ham United

Team News

Laudrup has a full squad to choose from, with Neil Taylor making his comeback, off the bench, against Chelsea. Michu will have Wayne Routledge, De Guzman and Pablo Hernandez in support up front, with Ki Sung-Yeung and Leon Britton manning the midfield. Taylor may be given a start in this match and youngster Ben Davies will likely be dropped to the bench in that case.

Probable Line-Up: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor; Ki, Britton; Routledge, De Guzman, Hernandez; Michu

Mancini also has a full squad to pick from and may decide on some rotation, with an eye on the midweek game against West Brom and the FA Cup final against Wigan. Argentine striker Sergio Agüero will start this game and probably be rested for the visit of the Baggies. James Milner and Javi Garcia may be drafted in but it is more likely that key players like Agüero, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Carlos Tevez will be rested midweek than now.

Probable Line-Up: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Y Toure, Barry; Silva, Tevez, Milner; Agüero