Manchester City have put on a show in the opening 45 minutes of their matchup against Swansea City, but the Premier League debutantes are somehow hanging with their hosts on the road. Though City have done a great job getting the ball into the Swansea box and creating scoring opportunities, they have yet to score a goal. Meanwhile, Swansea are defending well and have actually held a majority of the possession. The score is 0-0 and City have looked the more likely team to score, but Swansea are holding their own and the game could still go either way.
David Silva has been downright brilliant for City, creating their two best scoring opportunities. Really, he's unlucky that he doesn't yet have a brace. The first chance came in the 24th minute after a short corner, but Silva had his shot saved brilliantly by Michel Vorm, who is having a great debut thus far. Six minutes later, Silva managed to beat Vorm easily, but his shot clanked off the underside of the crossbar and away, somehow avoiding the back of the net.
Edin Dzeko had a chance of his own in first half stoppage time, but his low shot from 12 yards out was stopped by Vorm, who has made six saves in the first half. Gareth Barry had a couple as well, but his first attempt was attempted and a later attempt just before the halftime whistle smacked off the crossbar.
A quick glance at the two benches shows that City are, unsurprisingly, the team who is more able to change the game with their substitutions. Swansea have some decent attacking options in Leroy Lita, Luke Moore and Wayne Routledge, but none have proven that they are more than good Championship or fringe Premier League players. Meanwhile, City can introduce Mario Balotelli or Sergio Aguero whenever they please.