PREVIEW: Swans v Manchester City

13th December 2017
First team

Swansea City welcome league leaders Manchester City to the Liberty Stadium tonight (7.45pm) as Paul Clement’s side look for their first back-to-back league victories of the season.

The Swans will be aiming to build on Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty.

A Wilfried Bony goal proved the difference against the Baggies as the Swans won their first match in eight games.

But they will face a huge challenge against a Manchester City side who are yet to lose in the Premier League this season, having won 15 and lost only one of their matches.

Pep Guardiola’s team are 11 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United and set a new Premier League record of 15 successive wins should they claim victory tonight.

City come into the match off the back of an impressive 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

 

Team news

Wayne Routledge is a doubt for the Swans after complaining of muscle tightness following the West Brom game, while Kyle Bartley continues his recovery after a long-term injury lay-off.

Federico Fernandez is back in contention for a start this evening after featuring in the under-23s side last week.

Vincent Kompany misses out for the visitors after sustaining a muscular injury during the Manchester derby on Sunday. City will also be without long-term absentee Benjamin Mendy and John Stones, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

 

What they said

Swans boss Paul Clement: “We have had an extra day’s rest and they will have had to put a lot of mental and physical energy into the Manchester derby. Of course we expect a difficult game, but we must also try to give them a difficult game.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “I said to my players forget about what happened (at the weekend) and focus on Swansea. We’ve told them we have to win the next game. I try to give my players the best advice I can.”

 

Last six meetings

5. 2. 17. Manchester City 2-1 Swans

24. 9. 16. Swans 1-3 Manchester City

21. 9. 16. Swans 1-2 Manchester City

15. 5. 16. Swans 1-1 Manchester City

12. 12. 15. Manchester City 2-1 Swans

17. 5. 15. Swans 2-4 Manchester City

 

Pre-match stats

2 – Former Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has scored twice in his last two games, having netted two goals in his 28 Premier League appearances before that.

14 – Manchester City have won a record-equalling 14 successive Premier League games. Another victory tonight would mean they are on the best run in the history of the competition.

 

* Supporters are advised to arrive early for Wednesday’s game. The Liberty Stadium car parks will close 15 minutes prior to kick-off.

Landore park and walk is open and park and ride options from Felindre and The Rec near St Helen’s rugby ground are available.

The Jacks Zone will not open for this game.