Manchester City

4-1-4-1: If Guardiola picks this XI, Man City will smash Swansea City

With more or less a full strength team to chose from, our resident Man City fans in the Transfer Tavern are confident of an assault on the Champions League spots from Pep Guardiola’s men for this second half of the season.

It is fair to say that the Citizens have under performed so far this season with inconsistent results combining with a lack of understanding for Guardiola’s philosophy being the main issue in the blue half of Manchester.

These results have led to many irritable interviews from Guardiola, leading to many punters asking if he can hack English football despite being so successful in Spain and Germany previously. His temperament has been questioned and it is now up to his side to respond in the upcoming fixtures.

Though the Citizens made no deals in January, the return of Fernandinho from suspension must feel like a new signing following his four game ban. The same can be said for skipper, Vincent Kompany who returned after a long lay off following a knee injury. There is no doubt that the return of these two men will enhance the Citizens defensively.

City face Swansea at the weekend and the last time these two met, a Sergio Aguero double combined with a Raheem Sterling strike saw City take all three points in a 3-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium. With home advantage this time around, our landlord can only see one winner in Manchester City and here is the XI he predicts will seal the deal for the hosts…

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