PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Manchester City v Swansea – as it happens from the Etihad Stadium
16:59 GMT, 27 October 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City take on Swansea at the Etihad Stadium to conclude Saturday's action. The Premier League champions will hope to bounce back from their Champions League defeat at Ajax mid-week when they take on Michael Laudrup's side who returned to winning ways against Wigan last Saturday. Send me your thoughts on the action at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Manchester City 0-0 Swansea (5.30pm)
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Man City: Hart, Richards, Nastasic,
Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Barry, Kolarov, Tevez, Aguero.
Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolo Toure, Evans, Sinclair, Dzeko, Balotelli.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico,
Williams, Davies, Ki, Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez, Michu.
Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
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27min: From InfostradaLive:
Manchester City have scored exactly one first half goal in six of their previous eight PL matches this season.
They have not scored more than one first half goal in a match since April 14 (in their eventual 6-1 victory at Norwich).
24min: Play was stopped for a couple of minutes, after Michu banged heads with Richards inside the box following a teasing cross from Swansea's right flank.
Joe Hart immediately waved for medical attention as the forward looked out cold, but I'm pleased to say the Spaniard has come back round and should continue.
21min: Strong play from Carlos Tevez to barge Chico off the ball on the left flank, but the Aegentine wastes the promising position by crossing low straight to Vorm.
20min: A very even game and I have to hand it to Laudrup. The Swansea boss drummed in pre-match about how he wanted to keep possession and his team are certainly doing that well so far.
17min: Very harsh for Angel Rangel that. The defender is booked for diving but all he did was bounce off Micah Richards following a strong challenge from the Manchester City defender.
It's his fifth of the season so he will be suspended for the next match.
On the run: Swansea's Jonathan de Guzman (right) attempts to escape the attention of Vincent Kompany
14min: Swansea win a free-kick on the left flank following a foul by Vincent Kompany. But although Joe Hart comes and fails to collect Jonathan de Guzman's delivery, a free-kick is given to the hosts for an infringement inside the box.
12min: A few grumbles from the home fans as the ball is wastefully put out for a throw in by their side.
It's been a very poor and slow start so far. I don't think even Serie A fans would put up with this.
9min: Signs of life as Carlos Tevez tries to escape inside the box, but Chico Flores is on hand to make a superb last ditch tackle to stab the ball away.
6min Swansea are camped inside their own half but there is no threat from the hosts yet who are yet to test Michel Vorm with a shot.
3min: A quiet start which has seen Manchester City take control of the ball but not a lot else as the sun sets over the city.
Kick-off: We are underway in Manchester.
Just don't touch the hair: Manchester City players flick the ears of team-mate Mario Balotelli
17.28: The players are out at a slightly subdued Etihad Stadium.
17.25: It's been a tough week for Roberto Mancini, with questions raised over the relationship with his Manchester City players.
Before kick-off why not read Sportsmail's Des Kelly and his excellent column, where he claims ultimately that the buck stops with the Italian.
17.20: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup spoke to ESPN before the game and I think ruled out any kick-and-rush tactics:
'We have to be wary. It’s a great team who have lots to choose from. They want to show everyone a good performance but we are on alert.
'We have to keep the ball and we like to have the ball and we won’t want to give it away to players who can change a game at any moment.
'Michu is top scorer and that is very important but the most important thing is to keep the ball today.'
17.15: From the Etihad Stadium:
Man City v Swansea
Man City: Hart, Richards, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Barry, Kolarov, Tevez, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolo Toure, Evans, Sinclair, Dzeko, Balotelli.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Ki, Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Dyer, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Dropped: Edin Dzeko (right) was replaced by Carlos Tevez in the Manchester City starting line-up
17.10: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini spoke to ESPN before the game:
'I expect a reaction but it is clear this is a difficult game.
'Joleon Lescott has played a lot of games and we need something fresh.
'I don’t know if Edin Dzeko is a super sub but he is a top striker. I don’t know why there is a fuss being caused about my relationship with the players because it’s not true.'
17.05: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini makes three changes as he looks to put his midweek Champions League misery behind him against Swansea in the Barclays Premier League.
One key change comes in defence where Matija Nastasic replaces England centre-back Joleon Lescott while Aleksandar Kolarov comes in for the suspended James Milner.
Carlos Tevez returns up front for Edin Dzeko while Swansea go into the game unchanged.
There was some minor disruption when part of the inside of one stand, including the media centre, was evacuated after a fire alarm went off about 40 minutes before kick-off.
A turnstile was temporarily closed but it proved a false alarm and people were allowed back in moments later.
17.00: It may be all going wrong in the Champions league for Manchester City, but as far as the Premier League is concerned it has been a strong enough start for Roberto Mancini's men, who are are one of just two unbeaten sides in the division.
Or so it seems anyway. Are Swansea going to be on the end of a Manchester City backlash or are cracks starting to appear in the champions Team news on the way.
Saturday climax: Manchester City host Swansea at the Etihad Stadium