Liberty Stadium - FA Cup
This is a great chance for one of these Championship sides to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, as Swansea host Brentford on Sunday afternoon. The Swans are seven points clear of their visitors in the league, although the Bees have a game in hand.
Swansea went 3-0 up in the first half when the teams played each other earlier this season, but ended up hanging on for a 3-2 victory at Griffin Park. That was their first meeting in over 20 years, when the Swans beat Brentford 2-0 four times in a row between 2006 and 2008. The home team are 11/1 to win by the same score here.
Swansea are still missing their captain, as midfielder Leroy Fer is struggling with a hamstring injury. Martin Olsen is also out for Graham Potter’s side, while Joe Rodon misses out due to a broken foot.
The visitors are also missing a midfielder because of a hamstring injury, with Lewis Macleod still on the sidelines. Young Danish prospect Emiliano Marcondes also misses out, although he’s barely featured this season.
Swansea City v Brentford Preview and Predictions
There isn’t a lot between these teams coming into this game. Will the Swans glide gracefully into the quarter-finals, or can the Bees sting the Liberty Stadium faithful by dumping the home side out of the FA Cup?
If Swansea start like they did when the teams met earlier this season, they’ll have a great chance of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since they got to the semis back in 1964. The Swans are on a decent run, with their only defeat in their last nine fixtures coming away to Bristol City the other week.
The hosts are the favourites in the betting, priced at 6/4. Brentford aren’t far behind though, at 15/8. The Bees have also been in strong form recently, with their 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest last weekend their first loss in 11 games.
The last six games in that run produced 30 goals, with Brentford scoring 19 of them. They also have a red-hot Neal Maupay in their team, backed up by Ollie Watkins. Those two players have scored 30 goals between them so far this term. This game’s likely to be a tight one, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it go to extra-time. With that in mind, the draw after 90 minutes could be worth a look at 12/5.
Both teams to score at 8/11
Swansea and Brentford have both been involved in some high-scoring games recently, with a score draw at the end of normal time priced at 3/1.
Maupay to score first at 5/1
The Bees striker has notched 20 goals in 33 games so far this season, and has hit the back of the net in four of his last five appearances.