Sunday 17 February, kick-off 4pm
Liberty Stadium – FA Cup
Two Championship outfits meet in this FA Cup preview, as Swansea City welcome Brentford to the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. Both teams are in decent form, and have the chance to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
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Swansea’s last three FA Cup games have all seen over 2.5 goals, while Brentford’s recent matches have been goals galore. Both teams to score is 8/11 as part of your free betting tips and predictions for this game. We’re backing a score draw after 90 minutes, at 33/10 with 888sport. You can get 12/1 on a 2-2 draw taking the game into extra-time.
Oliver McBurnie is having a great season for Swansea, and well on the way to realising his potential. He has 15 goals in 31 games in all competitions, and seven in his last six. That includes a brace against Gillingham in the last round of the FA Cup. McBurnie scored the first two that day, and is 5/1 with bet365 to open the scoring again here. He’s 8/5 to score anytime in your weekend football predictions, and 80/1 to strike first in a 2-2 draw.
Oliver McBurnie to score first
Before this season, Swansea beat Brentford 2-0 four times in row. That run may have been between 2006 and 2008, but the Swans are 11/1 with bet365 to repeat that result in your football score predictions for this game. Those odds rise to 39/1 with McBurnie scoring first, while the Scot is 123/1 to get both goals in a 2-0 Swansea win.
Swansea to win 2-0
What’s the story with Swansea vs Brentford?
Is Swansea vs Brentford on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BBC Wales.
What happened last time? Wayne Routledge scored after just 25 seconds when the teams met at Griffin Park in December. The Swans were 3-0 up inside the first half hour, and although Brentford got a couple back, held on for a 3-2 win.
What are the Swansea vs Brentford odds? Swansea City are 6/4 in your FA Cup predictions, while Brentford are 15/8 and the draw is 12/5. Those football betting odds show it’s a close call with the bookmakers, and they’re all available with Betfair. You can claim up to £100 in free bets when you open a new account with Betfair here.
Remember that time…before this season, these teams were last in the same division together during the 2007/08 campaign. It was in League One, with Swansea winning both meetings 2-0. Those victories sandwiched another pair of 2-0 wins for the Swans against the Bees.
Team news and form
Last six: DWWDLW
Swans skipper Leroy Fer is sidelined with a hamstring injury, and out of these Swansea vs Brentford predictions. Martin Olsson is out for the season, so there’s a good amount of experience missing from Graham Potter’s side. Joe Rodon is also recovering from a broken foot, and not expected back until early March.
Last six: WWDWWL
The visitors will be without two players for this trip to South Wales. Scottish midfielder Lewis Macleod is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Denmark under-21s international Emiliano Marcondes also misses out. The Bees are dangerous going forward, with Ollie Watkins partnering Neal Maupay in attack.
Swansea vs Brentford prediction, preview and betting tips
Brentford’s defeat against Swansea earlier this season was their seventh in nine games, but the Bees are in much better form at present. The Swans are also on a solid run, and come into these football predictions with a seven-point lead over Brentford in the Championship. The Bees do have a game in hand though.
Swansea have only lost one of their last nine games in all competitions, a 2-0 defeat away to Bristol City the weekend before last. They beat Millwall at home on Saturday, and eased past Gillingham in the last round of the FA Cup. The Swans followed up that 4-1 victory with a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser against Birmingham City in their next game.
That 3-3 draw and Swansea’s 3-2 victory at Griffin Park earlier in the campaign shows we could be in for goals in this game. Especially considering Brentford’s last six fixtures have seen 30 goals too. The Bees scored three or more in five of those games. However, Thomas Frank’s side lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest last weekend.
With that said, it was Brentford’s first defeat in 11 games in all competitions. The Bees have an in-form Neal Maupay in their ranks, and they’ll carry a threat. That’s why we’re backing both teams to score in your Swansea vs Brentford betting tips, at 8/11. An over 3.5 goals bet meanwhile is 23/10 with 888sport.
Swansea have won their last five games against Brentford, but the clubs hadn’t met in over a decade before this season. There isn’t much to choose between them at the moment, especially on current form, which is why we’re also backing this game to go to extra-time. It’s 11/2 if you think this Swansea v Brentford prediction will go all the way to penalties.
Swansea vs Brentford first goalscorer predictions
Neal Maupay is having a storming season for Brentford, with 20 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions. The 22-year-old Frenchman has scored in four of his last five games, and is 5/1 to open the scoring on Sunday. Courtney Baker-Richardson is 7/1 in the first goalscorer odds for this game, after breaking the deadlock inside the first couple of minutes of Swansea’s third round victory at Aston Villa last month.
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Not exactly a long-suffering Manchester City fan, Tom’s favourite moment supporting the Blues was being a young lad at Wembley for Paul Dickov’s equaliser in the 1999 play-off final against Gillingham. He follows La Liga closely too, and has lots of experience writing about sports betting including F1, tennis and golf.