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Premier League Preview – Manchester City v Swansea City

Swansea City begin life in the Premier League this evening with a tough trip to Manchester City.

The Swans, who won promotion via the Championship play-offs, travel to Manchester to face Roberto Mancini’s men as they get stuck into life in the top flight.

Brendan Rogers’ men have nothing to lose and will go into the match looking to show everyone what they can do, playing the attractive football they are famous for along the way.

As for Manchester City, they are looking to begin their title challenge with a comfortable home win. They would have seen rivals Manchester United grind out a result over West Brom yesterday and will want to ensure they to start with three points.

The contrast between the two clubs, financially, is quite remarkable. When Swansea secured promotion to the Premier League, they won a match reportedly worth £90m.

Manchester City have spent almost as much on new players since the turn of the year. Then, should Samir Nasri join from Arsenal, their spending will rise to beyond £100m.

When Swansea signed Danny Graham from Watford for £3.5m this summer, it was their record signing by quite some distance.

The newly promoted club will give it a good go though. They will not want to be intimidated by the occasion.

Looking at the team news, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is likely to start on the bench, while unsettled striker Carlos Tevez will not be involved. Edin Dzeko is likely to start the game alongside Mario Balotelli.

As for Swansea, captain Gary Monk is doubtful with a foot problem. Of the new signings, Michel Vorm, Danny Graham, Leroy Lita, Wayne Routledge and Steven Caulker are all expected to feature.

Swansea have lost their opening game in the past five seasons and they will be expected to do so again this evening.

The action gets underway in Manchester at 8pm.

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