The former champions have the home side to thank for being in pole position, as Swansea did a superb job on Arsenal on Monday evening. Another fine defensive performance was complimented by Lukasz Fabianski being in unstoppable form in goal in his first game back at his former club.
And it got even better for the men from South Wales as Bafetimbi Gomis headed home a breakaway winner late on. That moved them on to 56 points, raising slight hopes that they could sensationally finish as high as sixth, which would surely make Garry Monk a shoe-in for Manager of the Season.
Opposite number Manuel Pellegrini also deserves credit, guiding Man City away from a worrying slump which cost them any chance of retaining their title. They were back in a ruthless mood last time out as they hit six to condemn Queens Park Rangers to the drop, with Sergio Aguero starring once again.
This is likely to be a much tougher test for the visitors, who are faring well in the absence of captain Vincent Kompany. Much-maligned summer signing Eliaquim Mangala is slowly adapting to his role alongside the experienced Martin Demichelis, but Gomis and Swansea’s speedy wingers will not give them much peace here.
Gomis could make his first start in a month for Swansea after fully recovering from a hamstring problem, but Angel Rangel is likely to miss out.
The visitors’ only absentee is midfielder Samir Nasri, but Pellegrini could decide to restore Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas to the starting XI.
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