SWA VS MCI Preview: It’s game week 17 and the hindmost team in the league, Swansea City, host the league leaders Manchester City. Swansea are battling a relegation scare but their defence has been robust. They’ve conceded only 18 goals in the 16 games completed. The 6th best defensive record in the league. Can they defend a cataclysmic City attack? Manage a point restricting City to a goalless draw or, Can they breach the City defence?
CURRENT POSITION ON THE LEAGUE TABLE
MCI: Played: 16, Won: 15, Lost: 0, Drawn: 1 Points: 46, Place:1st
SWA: Played: 16, Won: 3, Lost: 10, Drawn: 3, Points: 12, Place: 20th
Manchester City have set the English Premier League on fire this season. They’ve won 14 games straight after a draw in their 2nd game against Everton. An English top-flight record in a single season. Can they make it 15 wins in a row? Well, let the numbers speak.
HEAD-TO-HEAD SWA VS MCI: The Swans have won just one game of their last 15 games against Manchester City in all competitions.
In the Premier League: Played 12, SWA: 1, MCI: 9, DRAW:2
In 2016/2017: City won the home game 2-1 and the away game 1-3.
FACTS: Kevin de Bruyne has been City’s best player this season. In 2017, the playmaker has 17 assists to his name. The only players with better numbers are Mesut Ozil(20 in 2015) and Thierry Henry(19 in 2003).
Manchester City have already won 46 points out of a possible 48; that points tally would have been enough to secure 8th position in the Premier League at the end of 2016-17.
Swansea have the exact same record after 16 games this term as they did in the last season – W3 D3 L10, winning 12 points.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
LUKASZ FABIANSKI(SWANSEA CITY): The Swans have conceded only 18 goals this season. They’ve got one man to thank. It’s their shot-stopper Fabianski. The 32-year-old Polish keeper has played every minute of the league so far and has been on top of his game.
Minutes played: 1440, Saves: 62(highest in the league), Clean sheets: 6
SERGIO AGUERO(MANCHESTER CITY): City’s all-time leading goal-scorer has seen a dip in form after his return from an injury (in a car accident). The Swans must be privy to his ability of scoring goals in a heap. And the scary bit for Swansea, he’s due.
Minutes played: 861, Goals: 9, Assists: 3
TEAM NEWS: For the hosts, Federico Fernández was named on the bench at the weekend and Paul Clement may hand a start to the defender.
For Manchester City, Vincent Kompany was switched only in the 46th minute of the Manchester derby. The Belgian has had an issue with his calf muscle but Pep Guardiola’s confirmation that the injury isn’t too serious is a huge positive.
Eliaqium Mangala will replace Kompany and is likely to feature in the games ahead until John Stones makes a return. Bernardo Silva, Yaya Toure and Ilkay Gundagon are all likely to start.
EXPECTED TEAMS FOR SWA VS MCI:
(SWANSEA CITY): Lukasz Fabianski(gk), Kyle Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Alfie Mawson, Martin Olsson, Jordan Ayew, Leroy Fer, Roque Mesa, Sung-Yueng Ki, Wayne Routledge, Wilfred Bony.
(MANCHESTER CITY): Ederson(gk), Danilo, Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, Fabian Delph, Yaya Toure, Ilkay Gundagon, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero.
DREAM 11 FOR SWA VS MCI: