When Manchester City host Swansea on Saturday it will be in the knowledge that this side can overcome challenges and meet, if not exceed, expectations. After last weekends 2-0 defeat to Stoke City the Blues lacked inspiration and the manager just looked clueless. Yes there is a growing number of injuries to the squad but this looked something else. Midweek came around and Champions League action and a visit from Borussia Monchengladbach. At the kick off a win was needed by City and a slip up from Juventus in order to secure that top spot. 2-1 down with a little over 10 minutes to go and it looked as if City were going to have to settle for that second spot and an almost guaranteed meeting with either Barcelona on Bayern Munich in the next round. That scenario was avoided thanks to a three goal swing late on and now the focus turns to Saturday, and the visit of manager-less Swansea.
City will have to look for other scoring options with the game most likely coming too soon for Sergio Aguero. Also out are Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri, Fernando and, of course, Pablo Zabaleta.
Head to head statistics show that Manchester City should have no fear going into Saturdays game with all six encounters on City turf ending in City victory, scoring 16 and conceding only 2 in the process. The corresponding fixture last season had a Mr Wilfried Bony get his name on the scoresheet for the visitors, and who would bet against him this time around in the City sky blue,
Again, despite the lack of meetings between the two clubs, we do have a few player links. Wilfried Bony has been mentioned, but also Scott Sinclair was brought from Swansea to City only to not quite make the grade and be moved on in very short order.
Our very own FA Cup winner, Roy Paul, who turned out for City between 1950 and 1957, played for Swansea right after the war ended until he joined Manchester City. That FA Cup Final will certainly be best remembered for the heroics of goalkeeper Bert Trautmann but the influential Paul, City captain, deserves just as many mentions.
City almost didn't get Paul though, thanks to a future City legend. At the time Joe Mercer was playing for Arsenal and Captain when he suggested Paul might make a good addition.
John Bond managed Swansea from 1984-1985, only two years after his spell at City had ended while another City player Tommy Hutchinson (who played for City in 1981/82) actually went on to manage Swansea for the 1985/86 season.
I think you will see City add to that home winning streak, maybe not as convincingly as they might be expected to but I wouldn't be surprised with a tough 2-0 win, with Bony scoring against his old club.