Manchester City’s defeat at Stoke last weekend saw them lose top spot, and they will be hoping to recover when they welcome managerless Swansea at the Etihad on Saturday.
City’s 2-0 reverse at the Britannia provided more evidence of their struggles without club captain Vincent Kompany; this season City have won 75% of the matches that the Belgian international has played, and just 43% of those that he has missed.
The hosts have won just two of their past six games, but are looking to maintain their strong home record, which is the best in the Premier League. They have won six of their eight games at the Etihad and scored 23 goals in the process; six more than the next best total.
City also have the highest number of different scorers in the top flight, with 13 players appearing on the scoresheet so far. Raheem Sterling will come into the fixture full of confidence after his two goals helped City to a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek.
Garry Monk paid the price for Swansea’s poor recent run as the former club captain was relieved of his duties as manager this week.
Chairman Huw Jenkins admitted the decision was made “with a heavy heart”, and at the time of writing Gus Poyet is favourite to take over at the Liberty Stadium.
A run of just one win in 11 games ultimately cost Monk his job, and caretaker boss Alan Curtis has an unenviable first game in the temporary hotseat.
For the hosts, Kompany and Sergio Aguero remain sidelined, but Martin Demichelis is back to add competition for places alongside Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of the defence.
Curtis has no real injury concerns amongst his Swansea squad, but could be tempted to shuffle the pack to try and inspire a change of fortunes for the Welsh side. Jonjo Shelvey is amongst those who could benefit if the caretaker manager decides to rotate.
League Position: Man City – 3rd (29 pts); Swansea – 15th (14 pts)
Last Meeting: Swansea 2-4 Man City (May 17, 2015)
Form: Man City – DWDLWL; Swansea – WLLDLL
Key Men: Man City – David Silva; Swansea – Andre Ayew
Shoot Says: Man City 3-0 Swansea