Premier League Football Preview: Manchester City v Swansea City

Football
Updated Sunday 5th February 2017, 04:32 PM


Sunday afternoon sees Manchester City face a resurgent Swansea City, as both teams go in search of valuable Premier League points. Both sides may have enjoyed midweek victories, but there is still plenty of work to be done for Messrs Guardiola and Clement. While the Citizens remain firmly in pursuit of a coveted Champions League spot, the Swans, despite recent results, continue to be plagued by the dreaded drop, but who will emerge victorious when the two clubs go head-to-head at the Etihad?

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner: Man City 2/9, Draw 6/1, Swansea 63/5 - 32Red
  • First Goalscorer: Sergio Aguero (MCI) 3/1, Gabriel Jesus (MCI) 7/2, Kelechi Iheanacho (MCI) 4/1 - Betfred
  • Correct Score: Man City 2-0 15/2, Man City 3-0 15/2, Man City 9/1 - BetVictor

Form    

  • Manchester City looked in rampant form as they tore West Ham apart in midweek. Pep Guardiola’s men hit the Hammers for four, including a first goal for 19-year-old Brazilian prodigy, Gabriel Jesus. The win was City’s fourth in six games and saw the Etihad side take their goal tally to an impressive 16 for 2017. Defeats to the Premier League’s Merseyside clubs aside, City are unbeaten since mid-December and looking like a real threat in front of goal.  
  • Swansea City looked dead and buried as Paul Clement left the Liberty Stadium dugout after a 4-0 battering at the hands of Arsenal in mid-January, but all hope may not be lost in South Wales. A stunning 3-2 win at Anfield against an out-of-sorts Liverpool was followed up with a 2-1 win over Southampton in midweek. The Swans now find themselves two points clear of the relegation zone and playing with an air of confidence that could just save them from playing Championship football next season.    

Sports.net’s view

Manchester City are creeping up quickly on the Premier League’s top four and could find themselves in second place by the end of  the weekend, should results go their way. The Citizens had their game with West Ham sewn up inside the opening 40 minutes, a feat they will be aiming to repeat on Sunday. The home side are 8/11 with Coral to be winning at both half time and full time, while a Manchester City lead after 30 minutes is available at 23/20.

Gabriel Jesus grabbed his first City goal in midweek and could add to his tally against one of the division’s leakiest backlines. The £27 million man is 7/2 to break the deadlock, while a goal anytime is priced at 5/6, both with Paddy Power, and for those feeling especially confident in the youngster's talents, a hat-trick is available at 19/1.           

In their last away outing, Swansea sent shockwaves coursing through the footballing community as they inflicted Liverpool’s first Anfield defeat in a year. Should Paul Clement's men harness the same team spirit and willingness to win, victory at the Etihad is well within their capabilities, however, history is not on their side. The Swans are yet to win at the Etihad and have not tasted victory in the blue half of Manchester since 1951. A third successive league victory (priced at 14/1 with Paddy Power) might be beyond the Welsh side this time out, but don’t rule the visitors finding the target.      

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Manchester City to win and BTTS 8/5 with William Hill



*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 February 2017 04:32:04+00:00
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