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Swansea City v Manchester City: Match preview

Mancini knows his side are in for a test. (©GettyImages)
Mancini knows his side are in for a test. (©GettyImages).

Swansea City v Manchester City

Barclays Premier League

Liberty Stadium

Sunday, March 11. Kick-off: 1400

TEAM NEWS

Wayne Routledge is likely to replace Nathan Dyer, who will begin his three game ban after being sent off last weekend against Wigan.

Along with Dyer, Swansea are also without Andrea Orlandi, who remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany suffered a calf injury in the Europa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon, so will miss out.

Pablo Zabeleta is also unavailable, while Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott are likely to be fit in time.

Carlos Tevez scored for the reserves in midweek, and is available again should Roberto Mancini need him.

 

Rodgers earns Mancini praise



 

Roberto Mancini is aware his Manchester City side will face a stern test against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon, and has praised the Welsh outfit for their 'good football'.

City travel to the Liberty Stadium leading local rivals Manchester United by two points, and with the latter the only side to have won in Swansea in the league this season.

The Swans are well clear of the drop zone - some ten points above the bottom three - but Rodgers will not rest easy until safety is mathematically assured.

And Mancini believes his side's weekend opposition are well equipped to retain their Premier League status for at least another season.

"They are playing very well, they play good football," Mancini told his press conference.

"They started the season very well and they have continued to play good football. I think it will be a tough game."

He added: "I think that [Rodgers] is a good manager.

"It is clear it is totally different, playing for the title compared to avoiding relegation, but I think he has the capacity."

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