Premier League Preview: Swansea City v Manchester City
By Football News
Swansea City will hope to strengthen their bid for a top-10 Premier League finish when they take on Manchester City on Saturday.
Michael Laudrup's side secured the first major trophy of their 101-year history by winning the League Cup in February and could make the campaign a historic one should they improve on last season's 11th-placed finish.
But the Welsh club are suffering something of a hangover from their Wembley win over Bradford City, having claimed just one league success since - a 1-0 victory against Newcastle immediately after.
Admittedly, their opponents at the Liberty Stadium have little to play for, with the Premier League title out of their reach and UEFA Champions League qualification already assured.
However, City lead third-placed Chelsea by just six points, and will be keen to see off the London club's challenge for second spot.
The October meeting between these sides at the Etihad Stadium ended in a 1-0 victory for the hosts, but Swansea ran out winners by the same scoreline when they last faced each other at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea's chances will surely be boosted by the fact that striker Michu has outscored all of his expensively recruited Manchester City counterparts in the league this season.
The former Rayo Vallecano star has notched 17 league goals while Edin Dzeko, City's top scorer, has scored just 12.
Scott Sinclair will make his first return to the Liberty Stadium since making the switch to City back in August, and his former team-mate Neil Taylor insisted the winger has been unfortunate to make just two league starts this term.
"Manchester City came in and wanted to buy him, so that told him that they wanted him," he said.
"There was the promise of Champions League football and he was bought for a big sum of money, so it seemed they had big plans for him if they were spending that money.
"It hasn't worked out for him, but that's why he's got the length of contract that he has, to try to break into the side."Due to the recent measles outbreak in South Wales, Swansea took steps this week to inoculate all players and club staff this week.
And they will hope that it is Manchester City who feel under the weather at full-time on Saturday.