By Sean Hayes

Just three days after they went head-to-head in the EFL Cup, Swansea City and Manchester City come together once again at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men booked a fourth round tie with rivals Manchester United as they picked up a 2-1 victory, with goals from Gael Clichy and Aleix Garcia Serrano cancelling out Gylfi Sigurdsson’s injury time effort.

With a number of key players rested they look certain to make it 10 wins from 10 for their new boss, and the Manchester club are the only team with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League, sitting pretty at the top of the division.

They are boosted by the return of Sergio Aguero from suspension and have still been impressive without the Argentine leading the line, with wins in the Manchester derby and a 4-0 drubbing of Bournemouth before their midweek win over their Welsh opponents.

The Swans have picked up just one win in the league so far in 2016 which came on the opening weekend away to Burnley, and have lost back-to-back games ahead of Saturday’s clash.

With just one win in their last 10 top-flight meetings with City the odds look stacked against the hosts, who are without a home win so far this campaign.

Francesco Guidolin, who’s job looks under pressure, will be without winger Nathan Dyer after he had surgery to remove extra bone growth on his ankle, sidelining him until mid-November.

Record signing Borja Baston is in line to make his full league debut after making his first appearance in Tuesday’s defeat.

The visitors are without Vincent Kompany, as he limped off with muscle fatigue in their midweek victory after making a return from a four month lay-off and is receiving treatment on his groin.

Guardiola could partner Kelechi Iheanacho with Aguero and Raheem Sterling as they have 15 goals in all competitions between them.

Potential Swansea City Starting XI(4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Fer, Cork; Barrow, Sigurdsson, Sung-Yeung; Baston

Potential Manchester City Starting XI(4-3-3): Bravo; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here