Swansea v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 11, 2017
Liberty Stadium – Premier League
Wednesday pits top against second from bottom as Premier League leaders Manchester City travel to Wales to face struggling Swansea. The Swans earned their first game in seven matches last weekend, but will be unlikely to have any luck against an unstoppable City side.
Swansea fans will have to look back to the 2011/12 season for the last time they beat Man City, when Luke Moore scored in a game that also featured current Middleborough boss Gary Monk. Last season saw Pep Guardiola’s men win 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium, with goals from Aguero and Sterling, with Gabriel Jesus scoring twice in the reverse fixture for a 2-1 win. Worryingly for Swansea, both goalscorers last season, Llorente and Sigurosson moved on over the summer.
Swansea’s Kyle Bartley is nearing a return after nearly four months out with a knee injury, but Paul Clement has no other injury concerns.
Guardiola still has to do without John Stones at centre-back, who has been out since mid-November, whilst Benjamin Mendy’s cruciate ligament surgery will keep him out until April.
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Swansea currently sit second from bottom in the Premier League, just one point above Crystal Palace, whose form has vastly improved in recent. Paul Clement’s job has been under increasing pressure, with the manager odds favorite to be next to leave his post at 11/10.
However, last weekend’s win over West Brom, saw the Swans bring themselves just one point off the Baggies, and therefore one point from safety. A late goal from Wilfred Bony was his second in two games, and if the Ivorian striker can find a spell of good form, Swansea could build on their defensive form, with their number of goals conceded the sixth best in the league.
Man City are experiencing the polar opposite form at the moment have just broken the Premier League record for consecutive wins, with a derby win over Man United. Guardiola’s men are simply devastating going forward this season, and with Aguero and Jesus having scored 17 goals between them, and are both at 11/14 as first goalscorer.
Even without Stones, the Citizens’ passing machine has been impeccable and Guardiola will have a hard job keeping his players from believing the title is already theirs.
Sterling as last goalscorer at 5/1
Sterling has been popping up with late goals recently, with his pace making a difference against fatigued sides late on.
Man City to win 2-0 at 6/1
Swansea don’t concede too many, and Guardiola may rest key players on Wednesday.