Swansea face Manchester City in the final day of English Premier League 2015/16 hoping to end the season with a win.
Swansea, who were once struggling at the foot of the table are now 11th with 46 points and win here could take them to 10th. It has been quite a revival under Francesco Guidolin and the Italian is rewarded with a two year extension at the club. The Swans are coming on the back of consecutive wins and scored 7 goals in the last two matches conceding 2. The team is under no pressure and the head-coach has indicated that he will be resting Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ashley Williams and Lukasz Fabianski against Manchester City.
Manchester City’s poor and inconsistent season continued over the weekend as held to a 2-2 draw at home by Arsenal, which left them without a win in 4 matches in all competitions. They were then done a big favour by West Ham, who defeated Manchester United 3-1, helping City to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The outgoing Manuel Pellegrini will be keen to end his tenure at the Etihad with a win in his last match in charge.
Swansea: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Nordfeldt – Naughton, Amat, Fernandez, Kingsley – Fer, Cork, Ki Sung-yueng –Barrow, Routledge, Ayew.
Manchester City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hart – Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy – Fernandinho, Fernando – De Bruyne, Toure, Navas – Aguero.
Swansea vs Manchester City: Head-to-Head
Manchester City have won the last five meetings against Swansea in all competitions and are unbeaten in the last 7, with 6 wins and a draw.
Swansea’s last win against Manchester City was at their home ground on March 2012. Since then, they failed to win in the next three meetings. Manchester City will be coming into the match with a 3 match unbeaten run at Swansea and are on a 2 match winning streak.
Out of the 13 matches played between the clubs since 1981, Manchester City had won in 9, Swansea in 3 and one match end in draw.
Manchester City have never lost to Swansea in a Premier League home match and hold a 100% home win record in 7 meetings so far.
Swansea vs Manchester City: Predictions
Both teams are in no sorts of pressure for a result here and we could expect a much expansive attacking game. At the same time, either of the sides would want to end their season with a win.
Manchester City are without a win in their last two games, while Swansea have won their last two games. Neither of them are goal shy and therefore we can expect over 2.5 goals; and I believe we might even see over 3.5 goals.
There is a higher probability of a draw here, but judging on the quality of players on each side Manchester City could edge this prospective high scoring thriller by 3-2.