Preview: Swindon Town v Manchester City


Sports Mole presents Friday’s FA Cup clash between Swindon Town and Manchester City, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.

Manchester citythe quest for England Cup Glory Begins With A Journey In League Two Outfit Town of Swindon in the third round on Friday evening.

As the Premier League champions enter the tournament in the third round, Swindon has already knocked out Crewe Alexandra and Walsall to get here.


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Swindon had failed to reach the FA Cup third round for 10 consecutive seasons before going this far this time around, with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra in the first round preceding a 2-1 triumph at Walsall in December.

Since the 1991-92 season, the League Two side have failed to reach the fifth round, but any hope that they will maintain their Cup run until the fourth round will be slim when they enter the pitch on Friday.

The form was not on their side at the end of 2021, because Ben garnerThe squad went winless in four Ligue 2 games heading into the New Years Eve, but barnstormed 2022 by beating Northampton Town 5-2 at County Ground.

The star striker Harry mckirdy was unplayable that day as he scored four of his team’s five goals – with compatriot number nine Tyrece Simpson also get in on the act – but Swindon has lost each of his last three FA Cup home games and faces an uphill battle to avoid making four here.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola pictured on December 19, 2021© Reuters

The Premier League and the EFL Cup are Pep guardiolaIt’s bread and butter at this point, but taking Man City to the FA Cup hasn’t been fun for the Catalan coach, who has only won the trophy once since his career. arrival at Etihad stadium.

Two semi-final outings at Arsenal and Chelsea followed their resounding triumph over Watford in the 2018-19 final, but not since the 2011-12 season, City have lost at this point – with the loss 3-2 to come at the hands of great rivals Manchester United.

Man City could dream of FA Cup glory as they head for sunset in the Premier League, with Rodrilast minute winner and Riyad MahrezThe 2-1 penalty helped them knock out a much improved Arsenal outfit 2-1 on New Years Day.

The Citizens will undoubtedly take this opportunity to give some of their fringe and young players a chance to impress, but they are on an 11-game winning streak at the national level and will have no intention of becoming another casualty. ‘a giant FA Cup murder.

The last meeting between Man City and Swindon was 20 years ago in the 2001-02 FA Cup third round – with Kevin keeganThe team won 2-0 on the occasion for their fourth consecutive victory against the League Two team in all tournaments.

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Team news

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden during the match with RB Leipzig on December 7, 2021.© Reuters

Swindon Goalkeeper Joe wollacott has been called up by the Ghana team for the Africa Cup of Nations and will not be available here, so Lewis Quarter could get the nod between the sticks.

The hosts will be without a French central defender Mathieu Baudry due to an injury to the hip tendon, while Jack payne may also miss after being pulled at the start of the Northampton competition.

Crystal Palace center-back Jake o’brien has arrived on loan to bolster Garner’s defense, and there should be a start for the Welsh international Jonathan williams.

Man City also have a CAN representative in the form of Algerian Riyad Mahrez, who most likely would have been rested here anyway alongside Pierre Pierre, which is still dubious with a bang.

Phil foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko doubts remain due to COVID-19, so Nathan Ake could win another left-back start like CJ Egan-Riley and Luc Mbete compete for opportunities in the heart of the defense.

Zack Steffen and Fernandinho will also expect to enter the first XI for this meeting, while in the final third, Cole palmer, James mcatee and Kayky could all save precious minutes.

Possible starting line-up from Swindon Town:
Room; Kesler, Odimayo, Hunt, Iandolo; Gilbert, Williams, Reed, Lyden; McKirdy, Simpson

Possible starting line-up from Manchester City:
Steffen; Walker, Mbete, Egan-Riley, Ake; Gundogan, Fernandinho, McAtee; Kayky, Palmer, Grealish


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We say: Swindon Town 0-4 Manchester City

Manchester City will be making a number of touch-ups in all areas of the pitch for Friday’s game, but we can’t see any other outcome than a comfortable success for the Premier League champions.

Swindon produced a goal-laden performance this weekend and will be keen on his chances against a young baseline, but Guardiola will have the big hitters in reserve ready to make an impact if needed.


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