Manchester City will be hoping to put their recent struggles behind them as the resume after the international break with a challenging home encounter against Swansea City.
It has been an immensely difficult few weeks for City and their manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose character has been scrutinised forensically following a poor run of results which have seen the club slip eight points off the searing pace that Chelsea are currently setting.
Injuries have been a hindrance, but Sergio Aguero is at least providing some positivity with some superb composure in front of goal. The Argentine rescued a point by himself at Queens Park Rangers last time out, but it is wins that are needed.
The visitors have never even scored at the Etihad Stadium, but this time around they are proving an extremely tough team to play against. Arsenal can testify, having looked comfortable at 1-0 up in the last round of Premier League games only to lose to a stunning burst of two goals in as many minutes.
Even better news arrived on Wednesday as Wilfried Bony signed a new contract, and he has frequently shown in recent weeks how important his presence is to Swansea’s hopes.
Edin Dzeko, David Silva and captain Vincent Kompany are all severe doubts for Man City, with Aleksandar Kolarov set to be unavailable until December.
Swansea expect wingers Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge to be fit enough to play a part, but Federico Fernandez is out with a calf injury.
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