PREVIEW: Swans v Man City
24th September 2016
The Swans host Manchester City for the second time in a week at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.
Francesco Guidolin's side suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat first time round as Gylfi Sigurdsson's late strike was not enough to prevent the Swans from an EFL Cup exit on Wednesday evening.
Gael Clichy and Aleix Garcia scored the goals for Pep Guardiola's side under the lights in SA1, but he is expected to field a much-changed team today, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan all expected to make a return to the fold. Vincent Kompany (injury) and Nolito (suspension) will miss out.
The Citizens have won all nine of their competitive fixtures so far this season and currently sit top of the Premier League table with 15 points.
Swansea, meanwhile, will be aiming for a return to winning ways following defeats to Southampton and, of course, Man City.
Nathan Dyer is the only injury issue for the Swans, who will have an otherwise full squad to choose from this afternoon.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans head coach Francesco Guidolin: "We just have to look forward. If we play well and work hard, I think we are going to have some better moments.
"Saturday against Manchester City will be more difficult than this. They had a very good team tonight even if they played without some players, but on Saturday there will be new important players here.
"But we have to prepare a good game and we have to play well, and then we will see."
Man City boss Pep Guardiola: "It was the first time we've played against each other - and now Francesco knows me and I know him. There will be new players like Sigurdsson, Barrow or Llorente who will play, so it will be a different game. We will have to analyse to see what we can do better."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Swansea 1-2 Manchester City (September 2016)
Swansea 1-1 Manchester City (May 2016)
Manchester City 2-1 Swansea (December 2015)
Swansea 2-4 Manchester City (May 2015)
Manchester City 2-1 Swansea (November 2014)
10 - Kelechi Iheanacho has scored ten Premier League goals from just 14 shots on target.
5 - Pep Guardiola has won his first five Premier League games - the only manager to win more was Carlo Ancelotti, who won his first six as manager of Chelsea in 2009.
5 - The Swans have found the back of the net in each of their last five fixtures against Man City.