Swansea City v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Swansea City v Manchester City

FA Cup: Sat, 16/03  Stadium: Liberty Stadium

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Manchester City are Evens to win with a -2 goal handicap with Bet365, and this looks to be one of the better value bets available. Betfair are currently offering City win by a 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 scoreline at 5/2, and given their current goalscoring exploits this should be seriously considered.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Quadruple chasing Manchester City visit Championship side Swansea City, as they continue their relentless march on all fronts as they seek more silverware.

Can Swansea stop City juggernaut?

Based on their current league form, even their most passionate fan would be hard pressed to give Swansea City a realistic chance of upsetting the odds against their illustrious rivals. Currently sitting in fifteenth position in the Championship, the Swans are in no real danger of relegation, but barring a dramatic late run and results going their way, they will not be making the play-offs this season.

Their recent form has not been entirely encouraging either coming into such a stern examination – they have lost four of their last five league games, their only success in that period being a 2-0 victory over lowly Bolton Wanderers. For a team that was relegated from the Premier League last season after dramatically losing their last five league games, it has been a difficult and underwhelming first campaign back in the Championship.

City move on remorselessly

In contrast, Swansea come up against not only one of the best, but also one of the form teams in Europe right now. A 7-0 demolition of Schalke in midweek would have sent a shiver down the spine of the Swans, as a supposedly competitive Champions League game ended in a mockery, with City toying with their thoroughly demoralized and ultimately humiliated opponents. Also leading by a solitary point in the Premier League from Liverpool, the Citizens goal of winning four trophies is slowly but surely coming into sight on the horizon. On current form teams with much more resources and calibre of playing personnel would find it hard to stop City, so the mid-table Championship side will be approaching this game with a justifiable sense of trepidation.

Team News

The Swans are likely to be without leading goalscorer Oli McBurnie, in what will be a huge blow to their already slim chances of success. The Scotland striker missed their previous game away to West Bromwich Albion, and the best case scenario is he may make it to onto the substitute’s bench for this clash.

City have no such worries, and will no doubt be happy to rotate their squad, as has been the case in domestic cup competitions so far this season. The likes of Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus will be expecting a recall to the starting XI. Defender Nicolas Otamendi was suspended for the midweek hammering of Schalke as is available, while John Stones is not likely to be risked as he nears a return from injury.

Swans will be no match for City’s superiority

Whilst City have had the odd shock result in recent years, such as their 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic last season, they seem in a determined and very business like mood as they sweep all before them domestically and Europe. Their 9-0 demolition of Burton Albion earlier this season also showed how ruthless they can be against teams from the lower leagues, and Swansea can expect no mercy for them. It may just be a case of how many goals City win by, and if the Swans can retain a sense of respectability to the scoreline.

Manchester City are Evens to win with a -2 goal handicap with Bet365, and this looks to be one of the better value bets available. Betfair are currently offering City win by a 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 scoreline at 5/2, and given their current goalscoring exploits this should be seriously considered.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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