Manchester City will be hoping to record a ‘quick double’ over Swansea City as they return to the Liberty Stadium for their League game against their stuttering hosts.
The Citizens edged out the Swans days ago in the EFL Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win and they will be keen to preserve their flawless start to the season.
With Sergio Aguero completing his three-match suspension in their EFL Cup tie at Swansea City, Kelechi Iheanacho who has been impressive while stepping into the big shoes of the Argentine is expected to drop back to the bench.
Interestingly, being a substitute has proved no obstacle to the Nigerian’s propensity to find the net, with three of his 10 strikes coming after he has left the bench.
Iheanacho scored in both fixtures against Swansea last season, including City’s opener in this exact fixture.
It is expected that Borja Baston could make his first start for Swansea in the Premier League.
The striker arrived at the Liberty Stadium for a club-record £15m in August and impressed in the midweek League Cup defeat, also against Manchester City.
As earlier stated, Manchester City welcome back talisman striker Sergio Aguero, but captain Vincent Kompany misses out through injury… again. David Silva is touch-and-go with a muscle problem, while Fabian Delph is also a doubt. Nolito is suspended following his red card in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth for a needless headbutt on Adam Smith.
Swansea Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Amat, Fernandez, Kingsley, Cork, Fer, Ki, Britton, Routledge, Barrow, Sigurdsson, Llorente, Nordfeldt, Rangel, Taylor, Mawson, Van der Hoorn, Montero, Fulton, McBurnie, Borja.
Manchester City Provisional squad: Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Zabaleta, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kompany, Adarabioyo, Kolarov, Clichy, Gundogan, Fernando, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Sane, Nolito, Aguero, Iheanacho.
Recent league form (latest result first):
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“It’s not a good moment for us. We just have to look forward. If we play well and work hard, I think we are going to have some better moments. Saturday against Manchester City will be more difficult. They had a very good team tonight even if they played without some players, but on Saturday there will be new important players here. We have to prepare a good game and we have to play well, and then we will see.”
“It will be a different game to Wednesday because now we know each other. Francesco now knows me and I know him and we are going to analyse what happened here.
“But we have to expect that maybe Swansea will play with five at the back because against Chelsea he played with five.