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Manchester City vs Swansea: Predicting City's Starting 11

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Blue RooContributor IIAugust 11, 2011

City take on Swansea in the Blue’s Premier League season opener. The match will be at the Etihad Stadium, and with new signings potentially coming into the 11, here’s how I expect City to line up.

The back pretty much picks itself with the exception of Aleks Kolarov. I’ve given him the nod over Gael Clichy purely because Swansea are lightweight opposition and Kolarov will be given freedom to bomb forward, knowing he will be covered. He will give City an extra advantage.

Moving to midfield, I’ve picked Milner over Barry because recent fixtures indicate that he is ahead of Gareth Barry in the pecking order, and for me, he’s the better player.

Up front, Balotelli ahead of Aguero. Why? Aguero won’t be completely fit and should be given as much a rest as possible, with a view to a 15-20 minute debut appearance. I expect Dzeko to start most games this season. No Tevez because he’s only just come back to training.

There it is. Hopefully I’m right, because with this lineup City should fairly easily overcome Swansea.

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