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Out of sorts Manchester City will hope to get back to winning ways when they welcome Swansea to the Etihad on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have stumbled in recent weeks, winning just one of their last 5 games in all competitions.
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With qualification from the Champions league a real possibility now following a 2-1 home defeat to CSKA Moscow, the pressure is mounting on former Real boss Pellegrini especially as a 2-2 draw with QPR last time out left the defending champions third in the table, 8 points off leaders Chelsea.
Loss of form and injuries has been key to slow start by City. The much published down-fall of Yaya Toure, a shadow of the player that sent shivers through the spines of premier league midfield’s and defences last season has been crucial. So too has injuries to key players at key times.
This weekend will be no different with David Silva and Vincent Kompany, stalwarts of the team in recent season’s both set to be missing. Aleksandar Kolarov (ankle) is also set to miss out with Edin Dzeko (calf) a doubt.
However given the depth of the squad at his disposal, Pellegrini is likely to be able to manage the absentee’s with the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Samir Nasri, Martin Demichelis and Gael Clichy all consistent performers at the top level.
Pellegrini certainly get any sympathy from his rival manager this weekend, Garry Monk. The Swansea supremo believes that their hosts have the squad to handle such issues.
“The players they have to come in would get in most sides,” he said. “They probably look at this as a chance to get three points, but hopefully we can put on a performance to try and get points” Monk said.
“They’re a good side. It’s a tough place to go, they are an extremely good squad, defending cham-pions. It’s a tough proposition for us but one we look forward to.
“The players relish playing them to see how far they’ve come as individuals and a group and we can see how far we have come.”
Swansea for their part will be buoyed by a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Arsenal last time out. The win was just the club’s second in 8 games but it was enough to move them up to 5th in the table.
Federico Fernandez (calf) looks set to be the only absentee for the Swans this weekend.