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Swansea bank on rejuvenated Bony against Man City

Swansea bank on rejuvenated Bony against Man City

Victory over West Brom snapped a seven-game winless run in the league for Swansea while City's victory over Manchester United on Sunday made them the first team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight games in the same season.

After struggling for form and consistency since sealing his return to the Liberty, the Ivorian is back among the goals and was the match victor as the Swans took a crucial three points at the expense of the Baggies.

With John Stones out until early January with a hamstring injury, it means Guardiola has just two fit senior centre-backs - Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala.

Neither side have any suspensions to contend with, although bookings for Fernandinho or Leroy Sane would rule them out of Saturday's game against Tottenham.

With the match coming so soon after the Manchester derby, Guardiola may be tempted to make some changes.

Given Eliaquim Mangala is nearly assured to step into the defence and Sergio Agüero in attack, there could also be starts for Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gündogan in this match as some of Pep's key players are rested before the Tottenham game next weekend.

Swans boss Clement is fully aware of the challenge that his side face, but is optimistic about his side's chances.

Swansea are assessing a muscle injury suffered by Wayne Routledge on Saturday in just his second start of the season.

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I was asking Lee Charnley [the managing director] the other day and I'm waiting for an answer in a few days. We have a lot of names, but we do not know exactly how much we have.

Federico Fernandez is also in contention following some time away from the squad.

Swansea City's Wilfried Bony returned at the start of the season and is finally showing signs of rediscovering his touch in front of goal. With just over half of the season still to play, City have already scored 48 Premier League goals and amassed 46 points during an nearly unbelievable start to their season. "With the pressure on us, it was absolutely clinical".

Speaking about Sunday and looking ahead to City's arrival, Clement said: "I enjoyed the day very much, knowing we got a much-needed result but also to sit down and watch both of those derbies [Liverpool 1-1 Everton and the Manchester derby]". Similar to when we played Stoke, he wants to do well. I am still the same player I was before, but I have experience now. But it is clear how they play. I think he feels he had a part of his career where he did so well here, and then he went there and did not get to the level he wanted. "He has a point to prove to lots of people".

Swansea City have won just one of their last 15 games in all competitions against Man City (D2 L12), beating them 1-0 in March 2012.

"We are playing without question the best team in the league at this point".

David Silva is in dazzling form, with goals in each of his past two appearances and a man-of-the-match display on Sunday but the Premier League's leading scorers have an array of talent supporting him.

Premier League leaders Manchester City travel to Wales to take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night. Weekend's triumph at Old Trafford was definitely an important step towards the Premier League trophy, and the victory will hand the team yet another boost ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.


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