Date: 23rd September 2016 at 10:48pm
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a number of predictions about Swansea’s team selection and formation on Saturday – predicting that they could play again with a 5-man defence.

Guardiola’s side beat the Swans at the Liberty Stadium 2-1 in the EFL Cup, and it’s widely expected that he’ll get his tenth consecutive victory at his new club.

An impressive record, they look unstoppable at the moment and have averaged 3 goals a game in the Premier League so far. That’s something worth remembering ahead of a game that the Swans are extremely unlikely of getting anything out of.

Both sides made a number of changes to their starting line-ups, but both sides will be back to their strongest on Saturday, and with that in mind, Pep Guardiola is expecting Jefferson Montero to start, despite not yet starting a League game this season. He also expects Llorente to play, and not Borja Baston.

“It will be a different game to Wednesday because now we know each other. Francesco now knows me and I know him and we are going to analyse what happened here.

“But we have to expect that maybe Swansea will play with five at the back because against Chelsea he played with five.

“And of course we are going to play new players: Fer is going to play, Llorente is going to play, Sigurdsson is going to play Montero is going to play as well so we have to see what we have to do better to win the game.”


Swans fans I’m sure will be hoping that Guidolin adopts a less defensive and negative game plan on Saturday than he did on Wednesday, but it doesn’t look likely. A five-man defence like against Chelsea can’t be ruled out, despite it showing no signs of promise in the 2-2 draw against the Blues.

Montero is still highly unlikely to play, he wouldn’t suit Guidolin’s intent to sit back and soak up pressure but he should definitely look to adopt a more positive formation with Borja up front, who showed a lot more movement than Llorente has.

Guidolin’s job is coming under more threat as the defeats continue, but it’s the manner of the defeats that is worrying everyone. Apart from the home defeat against Hull City, the results haven’t been unexpected. It’s been a difficult start, that will only get tougher. But we desperately need to start producing performances that can give us fans a bit of hope and confidence when we start playing more winnable games against lesser sides than the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool (our next two at home).

 
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