Manchester City v Swansea City - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

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To be played on Sunday 1st December 2013 at 16:10. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Odds: Manchester City 1/3, Draw 19/4, Swansea City 21/2

Last season: 1-0

Preview & injury news

Manchester City's home record on the domestic front so far this season has been exemplary. It seems that no side can leave the Etihad Stadium this season feeling satisfied with their work as a lot of sides are being put to the sword by City. Hull City and Everton gave good accounts of themselves but still left empty handed, which doesn't bode well for Swansea.

City are currently fourth in the league with 22 points whilst Swansea currently lie in 10th having taken 15 points from their opening 12 games. They come into this game in relatively good spirits though having got a vital win at Fulham last weekend. It will remain to be seen as to how much their Europa League tie with Valencia will have taken out of them.

On the injury front, City will be delighted to welcome back their captain in Vincent Kompany to the heart of their defence. If fit enough, he is likely to take the place of Martin Demichelis whilst fellow centre back Mateja Nastasic could also be available for selection after picking up a knock last week. David Silva, Stevan Jovetic and Jack Rodwell are all believed to be at least another week away from full fitness.

For Swansea, this game might come too soon for Michu as he continues to recover from an ankle injury, and Wayne Routledge and Pablo Hernandez may be fit enough for selection depending on how they come through their Europa League tie. Gavin Monk is out until the New Year with a knee injury.

Key stats

Sergio Aguero is Manchester City's top scorer in the league with 10 goals this season.

Wilfried Bony is Swansea City's top scorer in the league with four goals this season.

Manchester City had 47% possession in their last league match, a 6-0 home win against Tottenham Hotspur.

Swansea City had 63% possession in their last league match, a 2-1 away win against Fulham.

5 players to watch

Vincent Kompany - City will be glad to have their best defender back in the side and it will interesting to see how his presence affects the whole defensive unit, and it will be worth looking out for whether or not that thigh is troubling him.

Wilfried Bony - With the home side likely to play very high up the pitch, there may be some space for Bony to operate in. If he manages to time his runs well, his pace could cause Manchester City some real problems, and give Swansea some joy.

Sergio Aguero - It's always exciting to watch Aguero as he produces some sublime skills and at the moment he can't seem to stop scoring. That spells danger for Swansea and there will be a lot of people who will fancy Aguero to add to his tally of ten goals so far this season.

Jonjo Shelvey - Shelvey can be a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde type player, but there is no doubt that he has a lot of talent, as demonstrated in last week's win at Craven Cottage. Laudrup could be inclined to play him at Eastlands as he could cause the home side a few problems both with his passing ability and his goal threat.

Jesus Navas - Navas is a very exciting player. He's quick, he can finish, and can provide for his teammates. He will be a massive threat to the Swans chances of leaving the Etihad Stadium with anything on Sunday.

Last time they met

Swansea City 0-0 Manchester City - Premier League, May 2013

A poor game with no goals. Manchester City's Edin Dzeko did miss an open goal late on which would have seen City leave with all three points, but with the title gone, and Swansea comfortably sitting in the top half of the table, the result didn't carry much significance. But it was proof, yet again, that the Liberty Stadium is a very difficult place to go.

Form Guide

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