Premier League Preview: Manchester City vs. Swansea City

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  • Aguero, Kompany out for Man City
  • Swans have one win in the last 11 PL matches
  • Alan Curtis to serve as caretaker boss for Swansea

After sacking manager Garry Monk on Wednesday, Swansea City is back on the pitch this weekend for a match at the Etihad against third-place Manchester City (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra, with tactical cam available).

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First-team coach Alan Curtis will serve as caretaker boss for Swansea City while the club looks for a new manager, as Garry Monk was fired after a slow start to the season. The Swans sit one point above the relegation zone with 14 points through 15 matches, and have managed just one win from their past 11 league games.

Curtis’ first challenge will be against a Manchester City side that is coming off of a huge midweek win over Monchengladbach in the Champions League. City scored three late goals to erase a halftime deficit and claim the top spot in their group for the first time in club history. Despite the strong performance in the Champions League, City has just one win from their past four Premier League matches, most recently a 2-0 loss to Stoke City. Manuel Pellegrini‘s men will have to play without top goalscorer Sergio Aguero and captain Vincent Kompany, although Wilfried Bony will be keen to score against his former club.

What they’re saying

City boss Manuel Pellegrini on Monk’s firing: “Normally in England, some years ago, there was more patience with managers. Garry Monk had a great season last season, now he’s sacked because they lost two or three in a row. For every team, in my opinion, they would play better if they stick with the same manager.”

Swans’ caretaker Alan Curtis on the task ahead: “Yes, we are on a bad run, but we won’t be going to the Etihad just to make up the numbers and get the fixture out of the way while we wait for a new manager to come in. We need every point we can and we will strive to be competitive and get something out of a difficult game.”

Prediction

Swansea desperately needs a result, but I don’t see it coming on Saturday. The Swans have had trouble scoring goals, and they’ll likely be pinned back defensively holding off heavy possession from City. Wilfried Bony scores against his old club as the woes continue. Manchester City 2-0 Swansea City.