Match to be played on Sunday 1st December 2013 at 16:10. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Manchester City fans will be turning up to Swansea City’s game expecting yet another victory as they bid to keep up their 100% home record in the league season. Only European Champions Bayern Munich have beaten City at the Etihad Stadium this season. Of late, it has been very hard to keep City’s score down at home for the opposition.
Here is the side we think might be sent out to keep up City’s 100% home record.
GK - Costel Pantilimon
Even though Joe Hart played in the Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen, Pantilimon’s last outing brought about a clean sheet, even if most of the action in the game was happening at the other end of the field as City thrashed Tottenham 6-0. He’s likely to retain his place in goal.
RB - Pablo Zabaleta
Zabaleta has perhaps been City’s most consistent defensive performer this season. Quite strong, not afraid to get forward and has been quite solid defensively.
CB - Vincent Kompany
City should be boosted by the return of their skipper after a thigh injury. He’s undoubtedly their best defender and should provide some much needed stability at the back. Expect Martin Demichelis to miss out after an uncertain run of games in the side.
CB - Joleon Lescott
With Mateja Nastasic picking up a knock last weekend, and missing the Champions League game in midweek, Pellegrini may not want to take the risk and play safe with Lescott at the heart of the defence.
LB - Gael Clichy
Clichy is quite a solid player, and can get up and down the flank quite readily. He has also been getting the nod lately ahead of Aleksander Kolorov for that left-back role.
RM - Jesus Navas
Navas has proved just how much a threat he can be this season. You only need to watch the game against Tottenham Hotspur to see what he brings to the side. He presses when the side haven’t got the ball, his pace is electric, has a great final ball and he can finish well. Swansea may have their work cut out.
CM - Yaya Toure
Toure is still being his inspirational self, though it does seem a little strange when he doesn’t find the net with a free-kick from 25 yards. His power and strength is what made him an integral part of this City team and it still troubles opponents.
CM - Fernandinho
He has probably taken a back seat compared to his central midfield partner, but Fernandinho has shown a will to get stuck into a challenge so far this season, quick on the ball and looks as though he’s getting better with every game.
LM - Samir Nasri
Having said he felt a bit lost last season, Nasri seems to be anything but this season. He comes in off the flank and manages to provide the defence splitting ball time and again, and isn’t a stranger to getting on the scoresheet himself.
ST - Alvaro Negredo
The Beast has formed a very good understanding with Aguero to go along with the relationship he has with Navas and is fighting the back of the net frequently. Life at City seems to be treating him well.
ST - Sergio Aguero
It seems as though Aguero just can’t stop scoring this season. He now leads the Premier League goalscoring charts outright after last weekend’s brace against Tottenham Hotspur, and scored in the game against Plzen this week from the penalty spot.