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Pressure on Roberto Mancini as Manchester City host Swansea in Premier League

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Roberto Mancini: The Manchester City manager is under pressure after the European defeat by Ajax

Roberto Mancini: The Manchester City manager is under pressure after the European defeat by Ajax

Manchester City will aim to get back on track after their European disappointments when they host Swansea City on Saturday evening.

Roberto Mancini's side suffered a miserable defeat by Ajax in midweek to leave them facing UEFA Champions League elimination.

The Italian took the blame for the loss in Amsterdam but there has been much analysis and rumours of player unrest after his tinkering with a four and three-man defence.

City will therefore hope for another determined performance and show of togetherness to compare to last Saturday's dramatically late 10-man win at West Bromwich Albion.

With Chelsea and Manchester United not playing until Sunday, the defending Premier League champions could also move second and within one point of the former with a victory.

Swansea were relieved to end a five-game winless run in the league with last weekend's 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic and the success eased some pressure on Michael Laudrup.

The Dane had previously been forced to face questions about reports of dressing room unrest among his squad and he admitted his pleasure at defeating Wigan.

Swansea, under the management of Brendan Rodgers, lost 4-0 at Etihad Stadium last season and will hope to avoid a repeat.

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will again be without David Silva for the game against Swansea City.

The midfielder has been absent with a hamstring injury and remains out while Pablo Zabaleta, Javi Garcia, Maicon and Jack Rodwell are also absent.

James Milner is suspended after his red card in last weekend's dramatic win over West Bromwich Albion.

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Manchester.

The Dane could opt to again start midfielder Michu in attack after the Spaniard claimed his sixth goal of the season when employed as a striker in the win over Wigan Athletic.

Pablo Hernandez and in-form Wayne Routledge look set to keep Nathan Dyer on the bench, while Kyle Bartley (thigh) and Neil Taylor (broken ankle) are the only long-term absentees.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-2-3-1
  • Caballero 13 Caballero
  • Zabaleta 5 Zabaleta
  • Kompany 4 Kompany
  • Boyata 38 Boyata
  • Kolarov 11 Kolarov
  • Fernando 6 Fernando

  • Milner 7 Milner
  • Navas 15 Navas

  • Silva 21 Silva
  • Jovetic 35 Jovetic

  • Aguero 16 Aguero

Team taken from Manchester City vs Middlesbrough (The FA Cup) on Saturday 24th January 2015

4-2-3-1
  • Fabianski 1 Fabianski
  • Rangel 22 Rangel
  • Amat 2 Amat
  • Bartley 27 Bartley
  • Tiendalli 19 Tiendalli
  • Carroll 14 Carroll

  • Shelvey 8 Shelvey
  • Dyer 12 Dyer
  • Sigurdsson 23 Sigurdsson
  • Barrow 58 Barrow

  • Gomis 18 Gomis

Team taken from Swansea City vs Blackburn Rovers (The FA Cup) on Saturday 24th January 2015


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