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Swansea City vs Manchester City – Preview

Swansea City will entertain Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium in their English Premier League encounter on Sunday.

City are looking to secure a second-placed finish, with Arsenal three points behind and with a game to spare, although having a worse goal difference.

Swansea winger Nathan Dyer believes City are “vulnerable” as they continue to chase for second spot, and believes a shock win for 8th-placed Swansea in the weekend could be on the cards.

“They are a very strong side, but as we’ve seen this season they can be vulnerable,” he said.

“They’ve lost against lesser teams this season, so we will make sure we do our research to ensure we know what we need to do to stop them and exploit their weaknesses.

“Hopefully we can come away with another three points like we did at Arsenal.”

On the other hand, City manager Manuel Pellegrini has praised Garry Monk’s side’s season, and said: “I spoke with Garry Monk when he came to the Etihad earlier this season.

“We won the game but I told him after the game that they are a very good team, who play good football and so it’s no surprise that they’re so high in the table.

“It’s the way you understand football and I think Garry Monk sees it in the right way.

“I think Swansea have had a very good season, they are playing well, they have an important amount of points. They are fighting for the [UEFA] Europa League which is a good season for them. They will hope to finish in the same way.”

City striker Wilfried Bony has so far struggled for games after his £25 million move from the Swans, but Pellegrini insisted he wasn’t just bought for this term.

He said: “It’s important to have this clear — we didn’t bring Bony just for this year.

“We bought him because he’s a very good player, an important striker.

“Maybe it was a difficult start for him here mainly because of his injury. Maybe he’s not playing the amount of minutes he must play but I’m sure he’ll be a very important player next season.

“It’s important for him to have a good pre-season with us.”

The previous six meeting between the two sides have resulted with one win for Swansea, one draw, and the remaining four games going in favour of City, with the last game played being a 2-1 win for City in November last year.

The two teams haven’t had the worst runs of form in their last six Premier League matches, with Swansea winning four, drawing one and losing one, while City won four times and lost twice.

Swansea have first-team midfielder Wayne Routledge out for their clash with City due to injury, with Tom Carroll, Kyle Naughton, Jordi Amat and Nelson Oliviera in the same circumstances, while City have one player on their injury list, that being midfielder Samir Nasri.


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