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Etihad Stadium Welcomes Swansea City

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Swansea City

Etihad Stadium

Monday 15 August


On Sky

For the first time since its creation in 1992 the Premier League has a representative from Wales, Swansea City to be precise. Welcome and enjoy the ride lads.

Match pointers

Manchester City have drawn all five of their home games on the first day of Premier League seasons, with four of them ending 1-1.

Swansea have lost their last five matches of the opening day of the season, the current longest such run of any side in the top four tiers of English league football.

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Mancini...

'It is also difficult when you start the season against a team who have just come up from the Championship, such as Swansea.'

'Last year, West Brom and the other teams who came up from the Championship were very, very hard to play against in the first 10 games.'

'It will be the same this year. Monday will probably be really difficult, because it's an important game for Swansea - their first in the Premier League'

'I have watched Swansea many times and they play good football. They don't play the long ball. They have good players.'

'And Brendan Rodgers has done well because he has taken them up from the Championship playing good football. They will make it tough for us.'

'But this is why the Premier League is difficult, because every game is hard.'

Manchester City Team News:

Possible starting 11

Hart, Kompany, Lescott, Richards, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, Yaya Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Balotelli

Doubtful Agüero (match fitness), Tevez (match fitness)

Player to watch: Vincent Kompany

Since he arrived from Hamburg in 2008 Vincent has been pure class. He is a role model and holds the back line like a limpet holds on to the bow of a boat.

Last weekend's cock-up against United in the Community Shield when Nani got the better of him was just a blip and the incident is now just a distant memory.

The 25-year-old currently captains the team, following the uncertainly regarding Carlos Tevez's future and I for one hope he continues to carry the armband for years to come.

Swansea City Team News:

Possible starting 11

Vorm, Caulker, Williams, Tate, Britton, Rangel, Dobbie, Allen, Dyer, Graham, Sinclair

Player to watch: Stephen Dobbie

The 28-year-old striker began his career with Rangers in 2002, but did not play in a first team match. He had more opportunities at Hibernian, whom he joined in 2003 and then St. Johnstone whom he joined, initially on loan, in 2005. However, he failed to command a regular starting place at either club.

His career was revived by a loan spell at Dumbarton in 2006 and he then became a prolific goal scorer for Queen of the South, who he joined in 2007, scoring 47 goals in 83 league appearances plus seven cup goals.

Throughout his career Stephen has had issues surrounding his weight. In fact he's a self-confessed junk food addict; however it appears he's binned the burgers for now and in doing so the Scot has shed pounds and looks trim. A proven goal scorer and one to watch.

Match Facts & Stats

Over the years there has been a total of just 20 league matches. City has the edge with 12 wins, Swansea 6 and 2 draws.

Other facts

Joe Hart had the best saves to shot ratio (76%) of any keeper in the top flight in 2010-11.

51% of Swansea's goals last season were scored by their midfield players, the largest proportion of any side in the Championship.

Manchester City scored the lowest percentage of goals from headers (7%) of any side in the top flight last term.

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean

Mike is one of the country's most experienced referees having begun his career in 1985.

Progressing through the Northern Premier League he progressed to the Football League referee list in 1997, joining the Select Group of referees in 2000.

Mike was appointed to the FIFA International Referees list in 2002

Match Prediction:

Swansea will be buzzing but City will be far too strong. My prediction is City 4-0 Swansea.

Next Fixtures:

Premier League
Bolton Wanderers
Reebok Stadium
21 August
Kick off 4pm
Live on Sky

Date:Sunday August 14 2011
Time: 8:07AM

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I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing Swansea all the best in their first ever premier league campaign - from Tuesday that is! LOL. Just hope some of their fans can make the long commute on a school night, seeing as Sky have seen fit to move us to Monday night.
14/08/2011 14:42:00
Great preview T! Good luck to The Swans but City need a win badly to launch the season. Mancio must surely be looking to kill this game off early.
Johnny Baguette
14/08/2011 14:44:00
Nice one Tudor ...welcome Swans hope you have a great season in the PL.....
15/08/2011 08:18:00
Welcome to the Prem Swansea! We underestimate this game at our own risk. Need to watch out for Dyer tonight. His pace can easily take him away from Nigel, Yaya and Barry and if he's left to run too many times at Lescott there'll be a few penality shouts.
15/08/2011 11:57:00
My worry beads came up with 1-1 swansea scoring first. Having ditched them and pitching the squads against each other I improve it to 2-1. Still smarting from the waste of trip for the 3rd time unlucky to Wembley. They had better be more in tune tonight
taggarts nose
15/08/2011 13:32:00
Apols meant to say great preview Tudor..C'mon you Blues
taggarts nose
15/08/2011 13:34:00
The Swans will be starting with 5 new debutants. We've got to exploit that.
Johnny Baguette
15/08/2011 16:42:00
Bit of team news from Murdoch TV. Ratboy Neville the pundit tonight. Top rumour Tevez not in squad.
Johnny Baguette
15/08/2011 18:11:00
Man City: Hart; Richards, Clichy, Lescott, Kompany; de Jong, Barry, Yaya Toure; Johnson, Silva, Dzeko.
Johnny Baguette
15/08/2011 19:44:00
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Tate, Augustien, Britton, Dobbie, Dyer, Sinclair, Graham.
Johnny Baguette
15/08/2011 19:45:00
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