Swansea City sit comfortably in 11th place with just one game remaining, which is a position almost every fan would have chopped your hand off for around Christmas-time.
It’s a testament to how well Francesco Guidolin has done since his arrival, for which he has earned himself a new two-year contract in the process.
With his future secured, there is very little pressure on tomorrow’s game for the hosts, which could mean that several youngsters are involved in the squad.
Midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung joins the long list of absentees, as he is returning to his native South Korea in order to complete mandatory military duty.
Lukasz Fabianski also misses the game, as the club have given him some time off in order to rest ahead of the upcoming European Championships.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor will miss their second game in a row, as the trio are also being rested ahead of a hectic summer.
Striker Alberto Paloschi and Jefferson Montero, meanwhile, are both doubts with hamstring injuries.
New face at the back
Nordfeldt is in line to make his first ever Premier League appearance with Fabianski being an ever-present until now. The 'keeper signed for a reported £600,000 last summer, has made three cup appearances this season and has generally impressed during them.
It’s been a disappointing season for the former-Tottenham Hotspur full-back, who is still yet to nail down a regular place in the starting XI, 14 months after his move to South Wales. He did, however, impress in the last game against West Ham United and should deservedly get another start against Manchester City.
With the Argentine unlikely to be involved in any international matches over the summer, it would be a shock if Fernandez was rested for this game. There are other members of the senior and youth squad pushing for gametime but with a relatively changed back four it would make sense if one regular member was retained.
The Spaniard has started the last two Premier League games, and has performed quite well. He still does seem quite rash in the challenge and at times doesn’t look very assured, but that could improve with more playing time.
The youngster has a 100% win record when he plays, and it’s no doubt because his performances have been as good as one can expect from a rookie full-back. The Scot really has put his stamp on this team, and could really challenge Taylor as the side’s first-choice left-back next season.
Legend returning for the final time?
He has featured in the vast majority of Swansea’s fixtures this season, so if he was rested it wouldn’t be a major surprise. The fans seem to have really taken to Cork though and he would probably like the chance to play in the final game this season at the Liberty Stadium.
It’s not really been talked about a great deal, but this game could be Leon Britton’s last ever as a Swansea player. He came close to moving oversees last summer, and with the stalwart playing less and less, the unimaginable could become reality. Whether or not it is his last Swansea game, he deserves a huge reception for the game, which he will undoubtedly receive. Britton is Mr. Swansea, and to think of a Swansea side without him seems wrong, but with less gametime and more injury worries, it’s conceivable.
Speaking of midfielders possibly leaving Swansea, and we arrive at Leroy Fer. Fans seem undecided whether they want the club to purchase the Dutchman permanently, and the people who run the club don’t seem any closer to a decision. This fixture is one for Fer to show that he deserves a permanent switch to South Wales.
No changes up front
The decision for Routledge and Modou Barrow to swap flanks against West Ham arguably won the game for Swansea, as Routledge was more eager to track back against Dimitri Payet on Swansea’s right-hand side. With Kevin De Bruyne possibly occupying the same role for Manchester City, it would be sensible to assume Routledge will play in the same vein.
The Ghanaian has been a revelation since making the switch to a lone-striker role. Ayew has played absolutely everywhere for Swansea this season but has looked the most threatening here. It would be a shock to see Guidolin make a change from this, especially with Paloschi struggling for fitness.
Gambia’s first Premier League player tore apart Michail Antonio on the left flank last week, and after winning Swansea’s Young Player of the Year award midweek, will likely fill the same role against Manchester City.