Manchester City kicks off its FA Cup campaign with a third-round fixture at fourth-tier Swindon Town on Friday. City has been excellent in the Premier League and Champions League this season and Pep Guardiola’s side has the opportunity to add some domestic cup silverware.
Swindon will be hoping to pull off a shock upset and has very long soccer odds to do so. They’re listed at +2500 while City is -1400 favorites to make the fourth round.
It’s worth noting that third- and fourth-round replays in the FA Cup have been scrapped this season due to fixture congestion. So, a tie would mean extra time and penalties.
- Game: Swindon Town F.C. vs Manchester City F.C.
- Location: County Ground, Swindon, England, U.K.
- Date/Time: Friday, 3:00 p.m. ET
|Swindon Town||+3 (-125)||+2500||4 (Evo)|
|Manchester City||-3 (-105)||-1400||4 (-130u)|
Swindon Town vs Manchester City Betting Preview
Head to Head
Manchester City last played Swindon Town in 2002, coincidentally in the third round of the FA Cup. Man City came away with a 2-0 win and has won 10 of its last 11 matches vs Swindon.
Fifth in EFL League Two, Swindon is in the promotion race to get bumped up to the third tier.
They recently picked up an important 5-2 win vs second-place Northampton Town. Swindon went down 2-1 early in the second half. However, forward Harry McKirdy scored a second-half hat trick to add to a first-half finish to lead Swindon.
Ipswich Town loanee Tyreese Simpson also got on the scoresheet for Swindon. McKirdy, Simpson and midfielder Jack Payne are tied with eight League Two goals to lead the team.
Swindon playa a possession-based style and have only been out-possessed in two matches in all competitions this season. They figure to not see much of the ball vs a domineering Man City side, though.
The Robins started off their FA Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over third-tier Crewe Alexandra and defeated Walsall 2-1 in December. They’re a relative unknown for online gambling and the odds are certainly stacked against them.
Dominant Man City Extends Win Streak
Manchester City extended their Premier League win streak to 11 with a last-minute 2-1 victory over Arsenal on New Year’s Day. City was pushed to the limit by an Arsenal side that took an early lead and took the game to them.
City’s fortunes changed after receiving a second-half penalty, which Riyad Mahrez put away, and Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes received a second yellow card. With a one-man advantage, City staved off Arsenal and Rodri scored a last-minute winner.
Guardiola’s team is firing on all cylinders and is highly favored to win the Premier League. They’ve been eliminated from the EFL Cup but can still win a treble with the FA Cup and Champions League. The FA Cup will be lower on the priority list as City has never won the UCL.
The Citizens have outscored their opponents by an almost comical 20-4 in their last five matches and have been one of the best soccer picks this season. A recent financial boost came in the form of selling winger Ferran Torres to Barcelona for over $60 million, which could help in City’s pursuit of Erling Haaland.
This is shaping up to be a special season for the Citizens.
Manchester City doesn’t have another match for eight days after this one so they can afford to trot out more than a few of their starters vs. Swindon Town. City recently defeated Premier League side Leeds United 7-0 and led Leicester City 4-0 at halftime.
That’s to say that City could definitely run up the score here and look like a great pick for betting online. Take City to cover the three-goal spread and blow Swindon Town away.