Wolves v Swansea City Betting Tips, Predictions and Previews

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The FA Cup has thrown up a fascinating fixture as run-away Championship leaders, Wolves, face the Premier League's 20th placed side, Swansea City . The match will provide a great test for both teams, whilst providing an interesting experiment on the differing quality levels between the leagues.

Past Meetings

The two sides have come head to head a number of times, in all of England's top three leagues. The most recent encounter, which took place almost exactly a year ago, saw Swansea emerge victorious in a round of the Football League Cup. Of course, in line with regulations, this was played as an U-23 match, and very different XIs will face off on Saturday.

Team News

There are no new injury concerns for Nuno Santo, with Phil Ofosu-Ayeh yet to make his debut for Wolves, and Carl Ikeme undergoing treatment for leukaemia. Danny Batth is still serving a suspension following a red card against Bristol City. With such a secure lead in the Championship it remains to be seen whether the manager will risk any key players.

Carlos Carvalhal has a number of missing players for the cup tie, with Wilfred Bony, Leon Britton and Ki Sung-Yeung all out injured and Kyle Naughton banned for three games for a stamp. Tammy Abraham should be back however, after missing the mid-week fixture due to illness.

Wolves v Swansea Preview and Predictions

Nuno Santo's Wolves have taken the Championship by storm this season, and hold a commanding twelve point lead over Derby in second place. In addition to this, they have played some really classy football and have already scored 50 goals, with the season only just half-way through.

Their last outing saw the Wanders beat an in-form Brentford side 3-0 with goals from Diogo Jota, Barry Douglas and Ruben Neves. The signing of the Portuguese midfielder in particular came as a surprise over the summer, but Neves has been as good as his reputation expected, and has dominated the centre of the park. Likewise, Jota has been extremely impressive, having scored 11 goals from the left wing, the former Brentford player is 11/5 to score against Swansea.

The Swans, on the other hand, have had a difficult season. This was no more than expected after they sold the two players that kept them afloat last season Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente, but is still a disappointment for fans. The Spaniard's replacement in Wilfred Bony has been alternating between poor form and injury, whilst Tammy Abraham, who looked good at the start of the season, has dropped off as of late. Without a number of signings in the January transfer window, many expect the Welsh side to be relegated, even with new manager Carvalhal.

Saturday's match will be a good test to see how Swansea would cope in the Championship, whilst providing an opportunity to reclaim some pride. Likewise, Santo will be interested to see how his players compare to Premier League opposition, with the summer transfer window surely on his mind.

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