When Manchester City pays a visit to the Liberty Stadium in Wales on Sunday, May 15th they just need a win or draw to guarantee themselves a berth in the 2016/17 European Champions League. The fourth-place club would rather finish in third place this season since the fourth-place team will likely have to play a couple of Champions League qualifying rounds before the group stage is held. Meanwhile, Swansea is safe from relegation and will finish the campaign as a mid-table team. Swansea upset West Ham United 4-1 in London last weekend while Man City’s last league outing was a 2-2 home draw with third-place Arsenal.
Swansea City vs Manchester City – Bovada Betting Line:
- Bovada currently lists Man City as the favorites to win at -1 (-125) with Swansea +1 (Even)
- Money Line: Man Cityy -195, Swansea City +450, Draw +360
- Goals Scored: 3, Over -125, Under even
Swansea City vs Manchester City – Head to Head:
- Man City and Swansea met at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester back on December 12th with City winning 2-1. Man City won 4-2 in Swansea last season and downed them 2-1 at home. Man City has won five in a row over Swansea and is unbeaten in the past seven with six wins and a draw. Swansea’s last victory came in March of 2012 with a 1-0 home triumph in league play. It’s their only win in the last 11 encounters. The two clubs have met just 29 times in the past with Man City winning 19, losing seven and drawing the other three.
Man City can’t afford to lose in Swansea since they have just a two-point lead on fifth place Manchester United heading into the season finale. A City loss and United win will see City fall to fifth place and into the second-tier Europa League rather than the Champions League. However, City can move into third place if they win and Arsenal should happen to lose at home to last-place Aston Villa as they’re just three points back of the Gunners. Either way, Man City can’t afford to drop all three points in Swansea on Sunday.
Swansea enters the final weekend in 11th place with 46 points from 12 wins, 10 draws and 15 losses with 41 goals scored and 51 allowed against. They have eight victories at home along with five draws and five defeats while scoring 19 times and also conceding 19. Swansea has posted eight clean sheets at home and has been shut out there on six occasions. Overall, they’ve kept the opposition goalless nine times and have failed to score themselves in a dozen outings. Swansea has had a good home spell recently with four wins, a draw and a loss in their past six fixtures at the Liberty Stadium.
Man City enters the game in fourth place with 65 points from 19 wins, eight draws and 10 losses. They’ve scored 70 goals and allowed 40 against. Man City has managed seven victories on the road along with six draws and five defeats while scoring 23 goals and conceding 19. They’ve managed 10 clean sheets away from home and 16 overall this season. Meanwhile, they’ve been shut out themselves six times on the road and eight times overall. Man City has two wins, two losses and two draws on their last six road ventures.
Man City wouldn’t control their own destiny if it wasn’t for West Ham beating Man United 3-2 at home on Tuesday night. They can roll in the riches the Champions League will bring them as long as they don’t lose on Sunday. However, things should get quite interesting if Swansea manages to score the first goal.