Swansea City v Manchester City

13 May

Kevin de Bruyne


Kevin de Bruyne was on the scoresheet in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal last weekend

TEAM NEWS

Swansea’s Euro 2016-bound quartet Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lukasz Fabianski will all be rested.

Goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt will make his Premier League debut but Jefferson Montero and Alberto Paloschi are out with hamstring injuries.

Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov is a doubt, while Samir Nasri is available again after illness.

Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta are definite absentees.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Steve Wilson: “So farewell Manuel Pellegrini – hair greyed, cheeks furrowed, eyes a little sad.

“City fans dubbed him ‘This Charming Man’, though actually ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ could have been his song; despite the name, Manuel didn’t grin very often.

“He did win trophies – becoming only the second City manager to win two in one season – but the League Cup doesn’t really float their boat in Abu Dhabi or east Manchester. Pellegrini looked like he was holding the fort for Guardiola long before confirmation came.

“Swansea are finishing strongly. More than half of their league wins this season have come since Francesco Guidolin took over – he has earned his new deal.”

Twitter: @SteveWilson1967

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin: “Next season 40 points is the priority and, if it’s possible, to play well. It’s important not to lose this, or to lose our identity.

“This season could be a lesson for the future because for Swansea in the last 10 years, every year has been up, up, up.

“In football it’s not always easy to go up. It’s important to have a season that’s a little bit complicated to understand and learn new things.”

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini reflects on his time in charge: “During the three seasons, the fans always tell me that they enjoy our games.

“It’s about a style, and for me it’s important to be the highest-scoring team for three seasons, to be always in the Champions League and to win three titles.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

I am going to back Manchester City to get the point they need for fourth, although they never do anything the easy way, do they?

Prediction: 1-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Swansea have only won one of the nine Premier League meetings, losing seven.

Swansea City

  • Swansea have won their last two league matches, scoring seven goals in the process.
  • They have won four successive home games for the first time in the Premier League.
  • The Swans have only conceded three goals in their last seven Premier League home fixtures.
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has scored in both of his last two Premier League games against Manchester City.

Manchester City

  • City have only won one of their last four league matches (D2, L1).
  • They have won just one of their six away games on the final day of a Premier League season (D2, L3).
  • Manuel Pellgrini’s side have only won five of their last 13 matches (L5, D3).
  • Wilfried Bony has scored in both of his Premier League matches against his former club Swansea.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored in six Premier League games in a row, his longest ever run in the competition.

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