Last weekend’s exciting Manchester derby was an excellent performance and result from Manchester City, but it will count for very little unless they can cope with a second match in three days and beat relegation-threatened Swansea City. Doing so would be continue the Blues’ record-breaking start to the Premier League season and mean that they have won 15 matches in succession, becoming the first side to do so.
With a busy festive fixture list on the horizon before the new year – which will see City play Basel for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals – Pep Guardiola will be looking for his team to maintain their remarkable advantage. The Spaniard will have to call upon his deep squad to ensure that they can navigate through December and early January unbeaten, however.
Before the derby victory City tasted their first defeat of the season in the Champions League to Shakhtar Donetsk, though they had already qualified to the next round as group winners. They also have one of the most fearsome attacks in Europe, to go with their often-dominant possession statistics, so Swansea’s best hope on Wednesday will be to try and emulate both Southampton and West Ham United in playing defensive, and frustrating their opponents – on both recent occasions City needed late goals to claim all three points.
The Welsh club are in the relegation zone and will require the kind of form in the second-half of the campaign that saw them finish 15th last season as they avoided the drop thanks to the revitalizing effect of Paul Clement. The club’s confidence will undoubtedly be boosted by their win over fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion last weekend – ending a run of seven defeats in eight.
All Premier League matches are available to be bet on at Tipbet.com. The sports betting company have season bets as well as markets for individual fixtures, including 100 for Wednesday night’s match at the Liberty Stadium. As shown below, Tipbet have the visitors as the strong favourites; they can be backed at 1.25 to win by any scoreline. Meanwhile, they are also 2.55 to overcome a two-goal handicap. The difficulty of Swansea’s task is shown in the fact that they are 12.5 to inflict Manchester City’s first defeat.