PREVIEW: Man City v Swans
1st December 2013
The Swans face a tough trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when they take on free-scoring Manchester City (4.10pm).
Michael Laudrup's side recorded their first win in six games last weekend when they won at Fulham - a result that lifted them into the top half of the Premier League table.
However, they face a tough test against a Manchester City side that has been scoring goals for fun on home soil.
Manuel Pellegrini's side hit Tottenham for six last Sunday before knocking four past Viktoria Plzen during their midweek Champions League clash.
As well as that, City recorded eye-catching wins against Norwich (7-0) and Manchester United (4-1) at home to take their goal tally to 41 at the Etihad in all competitions.
Swansea, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from Thursday's home defeat against Valencia in the Europa League.
However, following last Saturday's win over Fulham, Michael Laudrup's side are searching for back-to-back league wins for the first time this campaign.
The same can be said of Manchester City, who, for their excellent home form, have only won one of their six away games in the Premier League this season.
Swansea will be without Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Angel Rangel (calf) after the pair limped out of Thursday's defeat against Valencia.
Meanwhile, Wayne Routledge should be fit enough to return to the squad while the game comes too soon for last season's top scorer Michu.
The home side are without Matija Nastasic and Vincent Kompany, despite the latter returning to fitness following a thigh problem.
Swansea have lost on their last seven visits to Manchester City - their last win coming way back in March 1951 during a Second Division clash.
The Swans' maiden Premier League match came at the Etihad in August 2011 as Sergio Aguero scored twice to secure a 4-0 win for the home side.
Last season's corresponding fixture turned out to be the longest in Premier League history, following no less than 12 minutes added time at the end of the game.
MAN CITY STATS
- Manchester City have scored 26 goals in their six home league matches this season, more than any Premier League team has scored in total (i.e. home and away). Half of those 26 goals have come in the last two matches at the Etihad Stadium
- City are the only team in any of the four English leagues to have a 100% home record
- They have scored in 56 consecutive Premier League home games, 10 short of the record of 66 held by Manchester United
- Swansea have performed better away than at home in this season's Barclays Premier League, winning three of their six matches, including at Fulham last weekend
- All of The Swans' last 10 league goals have come in the second half
- They are looking to win back-to-back league matches for the first time since last December
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