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Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Manchester City

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  • Man City leads all-time 22W-4D-7L
  • Swans winless in 11 vs. Man City
  • Last Swans win: 2012 at home

Manchester City can set the Premier League record for consecutive wins in a single season when it visits Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Each side has scored in the last eight meetings between the two in all competitions, which is about the only bit of good news for Paul Clement‘s side outside of their weekend win over West Brom. Man City has dominated the series in recent memory, and really all time.

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And some good news for Man City, too: There won’t be any problem with what they do in their own changing room.

“Like any club, Manchester City are able to play music in their dressing room,” a Swansea City spokesman said following the fracas at the Manchester Derby.

Wilfried Bony will be fired up to face his former club, and he’s coming off a big goal to sink West Brom. He’s going to have a lot in the tank. From the Manchester Evening News:

“Every game I look forward to but it is special to play against your old team. Injuries had an impact on my time at City. When you come from a club where you play every game and then you are playing maybe once a month or two games a month it is completely different.”

Vincent Kompany is out for Man City.

What they’re saying

Swansea City back Alfie Mawson on slowing Man City“I’m very fortunate to test myself against the highest calibre of footballer there is. City are flying this season. They’ve got one of the best managers in the world. We’ve got to find a way to combat them. Every team is finding it hard and I’m sure it’s going to be a very tough game because of the quality and depth they have. We’ve got to be switched on for the entire game, as they’ll punish one lapse in concentration.”

Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne on the 11-point table lead“Lots of teams lost points this weekend so it is a big one for us [the win] just to put more pressure on the rest. We have to enjoy it and then focus again for Wednesday. It is a big gap. If we slip up we are still in the lead. We can’t be complacent. We need to do what we have all year. I prefer to be 11 points ahead than 11 points behind that’s for sure.”

Prediction

The run continues, as Paul Clement prioritizes Saturday’s trip to Everton and City cruises to a 3-0 win.

Swansea 1-0 West Brom: Bony goal crushes Baggies

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  • Baggies still winless since August
  • Bony scores again
  • Clement gets much needed win

Swansea City got a huge win off the boot of Wilfried Bony, as the Welsh hosts pulled to within a point of safety following a 1-0 defeat of West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The three points boost Swans to 12, a point behind the 17th place Baggies.

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The green-clad Baggies were content to keep Swansea atop the 18 when the ball arrived in the final third, and a Tom Carroll free kick bobbling off the far post was the closest Swans got to going up.

Jonny Evans was stripped by Wilfried Bony 10 minutes into the second half, and the Ivorian striker side stepped Claudio Yacob to tempt goal.

Paul Clement‘s Swans got a massive advantage thanks to returning hero Bony, who was back door to clean up the garbage off a corner kick. A huge lead for the Welsh side put Swans up 1-0 in the 81st minute.

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Report: Manchester City to leave Hart, Bony, Mangala and Nasri off U.S. tour

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Some of Manchester City’s most expensive signings will be left home this month as the team heads to the U.S. for the start of its preseason slate.

According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola has decided to leave goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer, midfielder Samir Nasri and forward Wilfried Bony back in Manchester ahead of the club’s U.S. tour. Combined, the players are reportedly valued at more than $155 million.

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All five players spent last season away from the Etihad Stadium on loan and are reportedly not in Guardiola’s plans for the upcoming season.

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AFCON wrap: Results keep Group C undecided

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Like Group A, Group C in the Africa Cup of Nations has very little decided ahead of the final group stage match.

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Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo

A thrilling first half had DR Congo leading 1-0 and 2-1, with only Wilfried Bony netting for the Ivory Coast. Les Elephants grabbed a draw through Serey Die’s 67th minute goal.

DR Congo now leads the group and is primed to advance with a result against Togo or a Morocco loss or draw against Ivory Coast.

Morocco 3-1 Togo

Mathieu Dossevi gave Togo a surprise fifth minute lead lead, but Aziz Bouhaddouz kickstarted the Moroccan attack to plug the victors into Group C’s second spot ahead of a Jan. 24 showdown with Ivory Coast.

Saturday’s matches

Ghana vs. Mali — 11 a.m. ET
Egypt vs. Uganda — 2 p.m. ET

Stoke City 3-1 Swansea City: Bony, Allen punish former employer

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  • Bony scores twice vs former team
  • Adam hits two first half posts
  • Routledge scores

Wilfried Bony bagged a brace against his old squad as Stoke City handed Swansea City another loss, this one a 3-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.

Ramadan Sobhi forced Swansea into an own goal for Stoke’s other goal, while Wayne Routledge netted for Swans.

Swansea remains 19th with 5 points, and have gained one point in three matches under new coach Bob Bradley.

Stoke moves up to 12th, with 12 points.

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Bony scored after just three minutes, darting onto a mishit Joe Allen shot and blasting it into the roof of the net from inside the six. 1-0.

The visitors drew level when Gylfi Sigurdsson chipped a ball toward Routledge, who would’ve earned a penalty had he not headed home; Phil Bardsley was hugging him like a cheap suit.

Marko Arnautovic had a shot deflect wide of the goal soon after, and Charlie Adam hammered a shot off the right post in the 23rd minute.

Then Arnautovic rounded Lukasz Fabianski before passing the ball off the left post. Swans would soon run out of fingers to count their blessings.

That’s not to say the Welsh side had no chances, as Routledge forced Lee Grant into a tremendous save in the 43rd minute. The corner was wasted, though, and we went to halftime level at 1.

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Stoke went ahead through Sobhi, the exciting Egyptian winger who worked the left side of the box before drawing a shot across goal that Swans’ center back Alfie Mawson pushed over his own line. It seems destined to be an own goal.

Arnautovic slipped Joe Allen through on Fabianski in the 73rd minute, and Allen pushed his own rebound to Bony for a headed finish.

Swansea should’ve had a penalty kick when Routledge was slammed down by Erik Pieters inside the 18. No luck for Bradley and Swans on a rough night in Stoke.