Swansea City have been in brilliant form in recent weeks and will need to be on top form again when they host a Manchester City side who have Champions League football to play for.
City, who are being led by Manuel Pellegrini for the final time before Pep Guardiola takes the reins in the summer, need just a point so secure a top four finish, but their league performances have taken a hit since their two-legged exit at the semi-final stage of this season’s competition against Real Madrid.
The Swans will prove tough opposition after winning their last two top flight games – beating Liverpool 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium before convincingly seeing off West Ham 4-1 in their penultimate match at the Boleyn Ground last weekend.
The bad news for the Citizens is that Swansea have only lost five times in south Wales this season so they will be confident they can more than hold their own as they look to secure a top-half finish – the Swans are two points behind 10th-placed Stoke City.
Meanwhile, without a win in their last two games, Man City have re-opened the door to their arch-rivals, United, who will be determined to beat them to the top four spot – the visitors are currently two points ahead of Louis van Gaal’s men, although they do have a superior goal difference.
Fortunately for Pellegrini, April’s Premier League Player of the Month, Sergio Aguero, is in top form and is currently the joint-second highest goalscorer in the league with 24 goals, and will have Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who has notched 25, in his sights as he looks to win the Golden Boot.
Euro 2016 quartet, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams and Lukasz Fabianski, are all set to miss the tie for the hosts and fans will have to wait until next season to watch Alberto Paloschi to play again.
A hamstring injury has kept the new signing out for the closing stages of the season, while the Swans may also be missing Jefferson Montero, with the lightening quick winger a doubt after picking up a minor hamstring injury.
For the visitors, left-back Aleksandar Kolarov may also miss the trip with a minor muscular problem, while David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany are all injured and Samir Nasri could be available again after recovering from illness.
League Positions: Swansea – 11th (46 pts); Manchester City – 4th (65 pts)
Previous Meetings: Manchester City 2-1 Swansea (December 12, 2015)
Form: Swansea – DWLLWW; Manchester City – WWDWLD
Key Men: Swansea – Andre Ayew; Manchester City – Sergio Aguero
Shoot Says: Swansea 1-2 Manchester City