Swansea v Manchester City Sun 14:00
In a bid to prise the Premier League title away from their bitter local rivals, Manchester City will travel to their first Premier League match in Wales this weekend as heavy odds on favourites with Ladbrokes when they take on Swansea City.
Despite this being the Swans’ first season amongst the English elite, the Liberty Stadium has become a hard place to go this season, with the Welsh outfit losing just twice on home ground this campaign.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have developed the second best home defence in the Premier League this season, conceding just 0.77 goals per game on average.
To heap bad tidings upon City, Swansea have also managed to keep a clean sheet in 46% of their fixtures this campaign.
That being said, City have been just as, if not more, impressive when playing away from home this season and are the best in the division at doing so.
Roberto Mancini’s side have scored an average of 2.08 goals per game when away from the Etihad Stadium this term.
The hosts will be clutching onto the statistic that City have failed to score in 23% of their away games in the 2011-12 Premier League year and will do their utmost to increase that tally.
The Citizens suffered a setback in their quest to win the Europa League and stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Sporting Lisbon during the week.
As a result, morale may be low in the City camp before heading back into Premier League duties.
Confidence will be shot even further with the news that defensive duo Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta will miss the fixture due to injury and aren’t expected to be back for antoher two weeks.
Brendan Rogers should be able to field a near full strength side.
Nathan Dyer is still serving a suspension after his red card against Wigan last weekend, with Wayne Routledge expected to deputise, while defender Ashley Williams is expected to recover from a stomach bug after missing training midweek.
Two goal hero Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to continue in midfield alongside Soctt Sinclair as the Swans look to attack on the counter.
The action kicks off at the Liberty Stadium Swansea at 14:00.