13:58 29th November 2013
. . . Lamah relishing reunion with former team-mate
Roland Lamah hopes to face an old friend this weekend as the Swans aim to diffuse an all-firing Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been in sensational form on home turf this season, winning all six home games in the Barclays Premier League – scoring 26 goals and conceding just two.
And with 22 goals coming in their last four games in all competitions, there seems no sign of easing up just yet.
But the Swans, who boast the joint-second best defensive record on their travels in the league, are hoping to bounce back from Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Valencia by ending City’s perfect home record.
And Lamah, who made his fourth consecutive start against Valencia, is hoping his reunion with former Anderlecht and Belgium team-mate Vincent Kompany will be a happy one.
“Manchester City have been very, very strong at home this season,” said Lamah. “They scored seven at home at Norwich; five against CSKA Moscow; six against Tottenham and then four against Viktoria Plzen.
“Their attacking options are very strong – they have top-quality players on the pitch and on the bench waiting to come on.
“So we will have to be very strong defensively as a team. But, what is important, is that we play our own game – that is what we do best.
“If we start thinking about them too much then we won’t concentrate on our game, and you have to be fully focussed when you play teams like Manchester City.”
He added: “Hopefully I’ll meet up with Vincent and play against him too.
“I know he has been recovering from a thigh injury, but maybe he will play.
“I’ve not played against him, though we were in the same team at Anderlecht and with Belgium too.
“So it would be great to play against him, but that obviously depends on team selection and whether he is fit to play.”
Visiting supporters are advised there is no street parking around the Etihad Stadium. There is a residents parking scheme in place covering a wide areas which is strictly enforced. Anyone parking in these streets will be clamped and/or fined.
Supporters are advised to use the MCFC accredited car parks around the stadium, where there is match day parking available on a first come first served basis.
Alternatively, supporters are advised to use public transport wherever possible. The Etihad Stadium is around 20 minutes walk from Piccadilly Stations, or there are frequent shuttle buses operating to and from the stadium.