Manchester City travel once again to the Liberty Stadium in search of a 2nd victory in a span of 4 days against Swansea after beating them in the EFL Cup by a score of 2-1; after a quiet first half in that game. Come into this game and the challenge gets even tougher when players like Aguero, Sterling, de Bruyne, Gundogan, Kolarov, Otamendi to come back into the starting XI which will make them even more threatening against Swansea in this encounter. Man City will take confidence on their scoring ability knowing that they their games have seen them score: 2, 5, 4, 1, 3, 2, 4, 4, 2. Manchester City’s achilles heel is keeping a clean sheet, which they have managed only once in their 5 Premier league encounters as well as conceding against Swansea in mid-week despite having a reasonably strong defensive lineup.
Swansea City are looking to turn around their fortunes, with a victory being needed in order for them to survive as they have only won 1 game this season with the manager looking to possibly be sacked. They face an extremely tough test with their next 3 games coming against Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal before it eases out. With the loss against a rotated Manchester City squad in mid-week shooting the confidence down in the team, it will be difficult to see how they will be back up 3 days later to take on the same opposition. The positive side for Swansea is that they have found the back of the net in 5 out of the 7 games played so far this campaign; and they will feel that they will be able to put a ball past the City defence after breaching it mid-week.
Manchester City’s games have seen over 2.5 goals landed in over 8 out of their 9 games this season, while 4 out of Swansea’s 7 games have seen over 2.5 goals landed; so I am backing a Manchester City win and over 2.5 goals this game. Matches between these 2 sides have landed with a Man City win and over 2.5 goals in 5 out of the last 6 matches between the side.