Eleven points from nine road trips explains why they trail Arsenal by one point in the Premier League table, although a superior goal difference currently renders that less relevant, with the Chilean hoping to see his team start the New Year with a bang in Wales.
Manchester City are a best price 13/20 with BetVictor free bet to claim three points at the Liberty Stadium, with Joe Hart back between the sticks as the title favourites look to record their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions.
Like Arsenal last season, it appears that triumphing at the Allianz Arena has given the Citizens some new-found confidence and the past three wins have all been achieved without star striker Sergio Aguero.
Several first-team players were rested for Saturday’s slender win over Crystal Palace, with Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Alvaro Negredo set to return to the starting line-up for this match. The visitors have scored at least three goals in each of their last three away games and you can get 29/20 that they lead at half-time and full-time in this match.
Swansea are struggling for points at the moment, with three added to the tally since a 3-0 home win against Newcastle at the beginning of December, although they only went down to Chelsea by one goal and played Aston Villa off the back when drawing 1-1 against the Midlands side on Saturday.
Perhaps the 5/1 with William Hill about a home win is too big considering Michael Laudrup’s team performed so well at Villa Park, even if talisman Michu is currently missing from the side and likely to be out for several weeks to come.
The teams played out a goalless draw at the Liberty last season and the 16/5 about the match ending all square makes reasonable appeal considering that City don’t tend to keep many clean sheets on the road. Fulham recently came back from two goals down only to lose 4-2 which will give the Swans plenty of confidence that their opponents’ rearguard can be breached.
The Swansea defence isn’t too shabby either, with Ladbrokes going 10/1 about the Welsh side winning by a single goal, although Edin Dzeko and Negredo are likely to be a handful and it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to back Toure at 7/1 to score the first of this contest.
BetVictor also offer 8/1 about the Ivorian proving to be Man of the Match, an accolade he has picked up on several occasions already this term.
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