Saturday 16 March, kick-off 5.20pm
Liberty Stadium – FA Cup
Swansea City face an uphill task in this FA Cup preview, as they host Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium. The Premier League champions are looking scarily good at the moment, and have their eye on an unprecedented quadruple.
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What’s the story with Swansea vs Man City?
Is Swansea vs Man City on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BT Sport.
What happened last time? City smashed Swansea 5-0 at the Etihad the last time the teams met in April 2018. David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus all scored, while the Swans were relegated at the end of the campaign.
What are the Swansea vs Man City odds? Swansea City are 18/1 in your FA Cup predictions, while Manchester City are the 1/6 favourites with Betway. The draw’s 7/1 with the same bookmaker, where you can get £30 in free bets when you register here.
Remember that time…Swansea last beat the Blues? It was back in March 2012 at the Liberty, with Luke Moore scoring the game’s only goal with just over five minutes left. Despite the defeat, City still went on to win their first Premier League title.
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Oliver McBurnie is a doubt for these Swansea v Man City predictions after sitting out his team’s game last weekend through illness. Leroy Fer, Joe Rodon and Martin Olsson are also missing due to injury, while George Byers is a doubt with a groin issue. Swans boss Graham Potter has 24 hours less to prepare for this game after Wednesday’s trip to West Brom.
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Pep Guardiola could shuffle his pack a little after City’s midweek Champions League exertions. Don’t expect too many changes though, as the Blues boss will still pick a strong team. Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo are all recovering from injuries and unavailable for these football predictions.
Swansea vs Man City prediction, preview and betting tips
Manchester City recorded the second biggest knockout win in Champions League history on Tuesday night. The Blues hammered Bundesliga outfit Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad, striking even more fear into their opponents on Saturday. Swansea City are down in 15th in the Championship following their relegation from the top flight, but is there any hope for them in these weekend football predictions?
In short, not much. City have won 18 of their last 19 games, including their penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final. Frighteningly for the Swans, the Blues have scored an astonishing 64 goals in that run. Top of the league and looking to rewrite the history books, the visitors could change their entire starting XI for this Swansea vs Man City prediction and still boast riches the home team can only dream of.
However, Potter’s side are on an excellent run of form of their own on home soil. They’re unbeaten in their last seven matches at the Liberty Stadium, winning each of their last three. The Swans will also look to City’s FA Cup defeat at Wigan last season for inspiration. The game plan will be to get to half-time level and try to nick something in the second half. Swansea are 50/1 to beat City 1-0 like Wigan did. Those odds rise to 147/1 with Betfair with Oli McBurnie getting the goal.
The hosts qualifying is unlikely though. They are 10/1 to get past City by any method, who are 1/16 for the same bet. As well as their 5-0 victory at the Etihad last season, City beat Swansea 4-0 in South Wales. The Blues are undefeated in 13 against the Swans, winning 11 of those including each of the last five. With the Citizens such heavy odds-on favourites at 1/6 to progress inside 90 minutes, we’re looking for value on the away win in your free betting tips and predictions.
After keeping their fourth clean sheet in five games in midweek, City are 5/6 with William Hill to win this game to nil. That looks like one of the best Swansea vs Man City betting tips for getting the odds on the visitors closer to even money.
City’s last two matches have seen over 3.5 goals, and the Blues are 6/5 to win with four or more goals on Saturday. That bet would’ve paid out in City’s three FA Cup matches so far this season. A 4-0 away win is 9/1 in your football score predictions, rising to 36/1 with Gabriel Jesus scoring first.
Swansea vs Man City first goalscorer predictions
Jesus started for City against Newport County in the last round, and could get another chance on Saturday. The Brazilian rounded off the scoring from the bench against Schalke and is 7/2 with bet365 to open proceedings here. Phil Foden meanwhile is 10/1 with the same bookmaker in the first goalscorer odds, after he also bagged in midweek and hit a brace against Newport. The exciting young Englishman is 3/1 in the anytime market. Swansea will be desperate for top scorer Oliver McBurnie to play. He has 18 goals so far this season and is 14/1 to strike first this weekend.
Man City to win to nil
Man City to win and over 3.5 goals
Phil Foden to score anytime
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Although he loves the fact that he shares his name with his favourite player of all time, Jon wishes he had half the talent of former Manchester United maestro Paul. Instead, Jon has turned to writing about the game he loves, and is superstitious about never backing his team, United, when it comes to his weekly bets.