Swansea City vs. Manchester City
FA Cup: Saturday 03-16-2019 at 17:20 UST (Liberty Stadium)
Odds: Swansea: 17.00, Draw: 8.00, Manchester City: 1.14
FA Cup Picks Swansea City vs. Manchester City
In this weekend of FA cup in the UK, Swansea welcomes Premier League leaders Manchester City. The Welsh team has been under-performing this season and stands at the 15th position in the Championship. Not only that, but the Swans‘ dynamic has been very poor recently. Indeed, they have lost their last two games and four of their last five in the Championship. Their last win, 2-0 against Bolton, came in the last ten minutes after the 23rd of the league received two red cards. Swansea‘s route to the FA Cup quarterfinals has additionally been fairly manageable. Indeed, the Swans have had to face no Premier League teams and one team from the third English division, Gillingham (4-1). Swansea’s hopes of qualification are very slim as they take on the best team in the British top flight.
Manchester City, unlike their future opponents, are on a very impressive winning streak. Indeed, the Citizens have won their last ten games in all competitions, scoring 27 goals in that time-span, and only conceding 5. The Sky Blues‘ scintillating form has allowed them to regain the first place in the Prem’ and qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals. Man City’s attack is probably the best in Europe right now. For instance, since the beginning of 2019, City has won by three goals or more on eight occasions. Schalke 04 is the last team to succumb to the juggernaut as the Germans were torn apart last Tuesday, 7-0. The Citizens seem truly unstoppable and are the favourites to win the cup this year. It seems more than unlikely that Manchester City will snap their seven-year winning streak to Swansea on Saturday.
Nevertheless, Swansea should start their best line-up on Saturday. Indeed, the team doesn’t really have anything to play for in the Championship. Kristoffer Nordfeldt should start in goals with a 4-2-3-1 in front of him. Graham Potter should compose his defence with Roberts and Naughton on either side of centre-backs Carter-Vickers and Van der Hoorn. Matt Grimes and George Byers are the usual central midfielders and should start on Saturday. Both will have to multiply their efforts to support their defence against the Citizens’ talent and pace. The line of three in front of them will most likely also have to sit deep and focus on their defensive role. Dyer and Routledge are experienced players and should be the ones starting the game with Celina as CAM. Daniel James, who has started Swansea’s last two games should complete the line-up. Oliver McBurnie could provide a cameo of his abilities in the second-half, but is probably short on fitness to start.
This match is an opportunity for City’s usual starters to catch some rest. Pep Guardiola‘s 4-3-3 is nevertheless undoubtedly going to look strong. Danilo should be the starting right-back with Stones, Otamendi in centre-backs and Zinchenko on the left. The promising Phil Foden could secure a start next to Gundogan and David Silva, as de Bruyne is still injured. Riyad Mahrez, who is lacking game-time, could start on the right of the attack. Gabriel Jesus, author of twelve goals in all competitions this season should allow Agüero to rest. Finally, Leroy Sané could complete the line-up after his impressive match against Schalke 04. Indeed, the 23-year old scored one goal and recorded an assist hat-trick against his old club.
FA Cup schedule Manchester City vs. Swansea City
This match should be a formality for Manchester City. The club has won ten straight in all competitions and haven’t lost to Swansea in seven years. They should dominate the game from beginning to end and could embarrass the Swans with another offensive masterclass.
PICK: Swansea City 0-4 Manchester City