Swansea v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 12, 2019
Liberty Stadium - FA Cup
Swansea will hope to keep their FA Cup dreams alive a round longer, but host an in-form, ruthless Manchester City side on Saturday. Pep Guardiola's side have scored 16 goals in the last three rounds of the cup, and are still in contention for the triple.
Swansea's most recent season saw them beaten 9-0 by Manchester City over the home and away fixtures, with Swans fans hoping for a more resolute defensive display this weekend.
Graham Potter may be without top scorer Olli McBurnie, with the striker missing the Swans last two games. Joe Rodon and Leroy Fer are also likely to be absent for the home side as both are struggling with injuries.
Manchester City are expected to rotate heavily for Saturday's game, with their heavy fixture list already taking its toll on the squad. Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are both likely to miss out through minor injuries, meaning starts for Gabriel Jesus and possibly Phil Foden.
Swansea v Manchester City Predictions and Previews
In the most in-even match-up of the weekend, Premier League leaders, Manchester City, travel to mid-table Championship side, Swansea. For the visitors, the game itself may not be the biggest of their worries, as Liverpool will be able to reclaim the top-spot in City's absence.
Pep Guardiola's side are very much the in-form side of the country, but are starting to suffer for their brilliance, with FA Cup and Champions League fixtures all impacting on their Premier League performance. City will be desperate for the accolade of a domestic treble, but may find a stubborn opponents in their opponents on Saturday, Swansea.
The Swans have found life in the Championship harder than expected following their relegation last season, but have stuck with manager Graham Potter throughout. For a club with limited financial resources, their run in the FA Cup will likely have a significant impact on their recruitment policy over the summer, vital given that promotion is now out of the question.
Although a replay is out of the question, Potter will be perfectly happy for his side to play out for a draw, with penalties Swansea's best chance of progression. Despite the side's 15th place position in the league, their defense is 8th best, and the manager will be hoping that a resolute defensive display, against what is likely to be Manchester City's B-team will be enough.
With Aguero out, the attacking responsibility is likely to fall on the shoulders of Jesus, who is 4/5 to score at the weekend. The young Brazilian has shown flashes of brilliance during his time at City, but doesn't have his fellow South American's knack for sniffing goals out of nothing. With a number of players likely to start who rarely get a chance under Guardiola, it may take a while for the away side to get started.
Although overwhelming underdogs, Swansea have nothing to lose on Saturday, and will do their utmost best to surprise the current best team in England.
Bernardo Silva to score anytime at 11/4
The Portugese winger has been Guardiola's go to man this season, covering outstandingly for De Bruyne.
Over 3.5 goals scored at 10/11
Saturday is likely to be little more than attack vs defense, and an early goal for City could lead to a routing by the visitors.