Swansea City v Manchester City – FA Cup Quarter Final Preview

By Charlie Parker-Turner

Manchester City will be hoping to continue their hunt for the ‘quadruple’ as they take on 13th-placed Championship side Swansea City in their FA Cup Quarter Final. Having secured the Carabao Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea following a stalemate finish after 120 minutes, the taste for trophies will be fresh in the mouths of Pep Guardiola’s men. But the Welsh side will be no pushover, as the cup looks to be the only remaining sense of competition the former Premier League side have, they sit 13 points clear of the relegation zone and eight points adrift of the play-off places.

Form

Swansea head into the tie in a disappointing spell of form. They have lost four of their last five league games, including a 1-0 defeat to league-leaders Norwich a well as a 3-0 loss to West Brom earlier this week.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, City are in spellbinding form. They are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions, scoring an astonishing 30 goals; seven of those coming on Tuesday night when they won 7-0 in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Schalke 04.

Team News

Leroy Fer is the only player the Welsh outfit will be without, giving manager Graham Potter no fresh team selection headaches considering the Netherlands international has been out since the end of January.

Whereas the Etihad Stadium outfit are without a few of their key players. Box-to-box midfielder Fernandinho is still side-lined with a groin strain and play-maker Kevin De Bruyne is also expected to be out with a hamstring strain until after the international break. Cluadio Bravo (Achilles) and Benjamin Mendy (knee) are still both out.

Prediction

With the greatest of respect to Swansea, if Manchester City don’t ease through this round of the cup then it will be the ‘cupset’ of this year. Even if Guardiola opts to rotate his side, the team he chooses will inevitably be far too strong for this Swans side, players like Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez should blossom if they are given any space or time on the ball.

But City were victims to a huge upset last year when they lost 1-0 to League One side Wigan Athletic so we must not rule out the underdogs.

Prediction: Swansea City 0 – 5 Manchester City

Edited by Harry Trend

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