Manchester City predicted XI v Swansea

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Despite sitting third in the table, Manchester City currently find themselves eight points behind leaders Chelsea and in danger of slipping away from the title race.

One win in their last six games has heaped the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini's side, and the fixture with Swansea has become somewhat of a proverbial must-win game for City.

The Premier League champions looked to have got their domestic campaign back on track with a 1-0 win over rivals Manchester United in the Manchester derby earlier this month.

However, they failed to capitalise on that result and could only draw 2-2 with QPR in their last Premier League outing.

The recent international break has given Pellegrini two weeks to prepare for the Swansea clash, and his starting line-up should make interesting reading.

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Injury boost

With Vincent Kompany absent through injury, Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala failed to convince against Harry Redknapp's side, highlighting City's reliance on their captain.

The Belgian has now given his boss a huge boost by returning to training ahead of schedule this week and could be ready to take the field on Saturday.

However, with City facing a crucial Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Pellegrini may be reluctance to risk Kompany's fitness against Swansea.


Despite retuning to light training, David Silva is unlikely to feature against the Welsh side, and could face a race against time if he's to have any involvement against Bayern next week.

Also out are calf victims Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov. The duo are not expected to play again this month, with an exact date for their return not yet known.

Kolarov's absence will see Gael Clichy continue to start on the left of the defence, while Stevan Jovetic could start in attack with Dzeko unavailable.

Swansea threat

Garry Monk's Swansea side proved how good they can be when they beat Arsenal 2-1, and Pellegrini will have to be wary of their attacking threat.

The form of winger Jefferson Montero will likely see Pablo Zabaleta restored at right-back, while James Milner's energy would be a useful tool to combat Swansea's possession style.

With Brazilian duo Fernando and Fernandinho available, Yaya Toure may be used in a free role behind the free-scoring Sergio Aguero as City look for the Ivory Coast international to reproduce the form he showed last season.

Predicted line up

Hart; Zabaleta, Mangala, Demichelis, Clichy; Milner, Fernando, Fernandinho, Nasri; Toure; Aguero

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