Wednesdays sees the chance for Manchester City to retake the top spot in the Premier League if only for a couple of hours when they take on Swansea in the New Year’s Day opening fixture.
Swansea, who will be without star striker Michu and goalkeeper Michael Vorm, will be looking to start the New Year a little better than they finished the old one. Three points from their last five games is not good enough and in fact, it was almost a month ago when they last picked up the full three points.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have been doing great through the month of December, dropping only two points in a tied game away to Southampton earlier on in the month. Manuel Pellegrini‘s men are going to have to do better than their last few outings to Wales, however, if they are to keep the pressure up on Arsenal this week.
Earlier this season, they lost to Cardiff and in the last two seasons, this fixture has seen Manchester City not only never win, but not score either.
If they are to improve on the past few visits to Wales, then they are going to have to do it without star striker Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian is still out with a calf injury but with Alvaro Negredo (aka Beast) being backed up by David Silva, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, you would still have to favor the away side. Even Edin Dzeko is scoring important goals again, which is great to see from a City perspective and a worrying development for the sides around them.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.