Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 13, 2018
Hillsborough Stadium - FA Cup
Two sides struggling in their respective leagues come head to head in the FA Cup on Saturday as Sheffield Wednesday host Swansea. Swansea's resurgence in recent weeks is the opposite of the home side, who haven't won since Boxing Day.
The sides haven't met in almost eight years, with their last match, in March 2010, ending in a tepid 0-0 draw, despite Swansea making two half-time substitutions in an attempt to liven up the match.
Italian forward Fernando Forrestieri misses out following a knee operation, which has seen him make just two appearances in the league all season. Already without top scorer Gary Hooper, this is a real blow for manager Jos Lukuay. Sam Hutchingson and Barry Bannan are also sidelines due to injuries, with Joey Pelupessy likely to keep his place in midfield.
Wilfred Bony looks to be out for the remainder of the season after picking up a cruciate ligament injury, in the same match that saw Leroy For suffer an achilles tendon problem that should see him out for a long time. Angel Rangel has been out since the new year with a calf-strain, whilst Renato Sanchez is struggling with a hamstring problem and will likely miss Saturday's game.
Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea Preview and Predictions
Without a league win in five games, Wednesday's fans optimism has been reliant heavily on their FA Cup run, having dispatched of Carlisle and Reading in the last two rounds. A few weeks ago, Swansea would have looked a decent draw for the club, however, the Welsh side have dramatically turned their form around recently.
After Carlos Carvalhal took over as manager in late December, the Swans have picked up 14 points from a possible 21, with wins over Arsenal and Liverpool. Simultaneously, the club beat an impressive Wolverhampton Wanderers side in the cup, before thrashing Notts County 8-1 in their last round.
Swansea will undoubtedly be on a high going into the game and it will be interesting to see whether the coach sticks with the side that defeated Notts County so impressively. Tammy Abraham, having struggled recently, picked up two goals and two assists in the match, and is 9/5 to score anytime on Saturday.
If Wednesday are to get anything from the game, they will have to hope that Jordan Rhodes, in the absence of Hooper is able to convert any chances he gets. The Scottish forward is 7/4 to score against Swansea, although will have to be wary of his defensive responsibilities as well.
Swansea to win to nil at 13/4
Wednesday have limited firepower at the moment and Swansea's current momentum should see them attacking more.
Abraham to score first at 5/1
The on-loan striker impressed in the last game, and will be looking to earn a start in league games as well.