Aston Villa v Swansea City FA Cup Match Preview
Swansea City take on Aston Villa for the 3rd time in just 3 months in the 3rd round of the FA Cup this weekend. After already facing Villa twice in the league, the Swans travel to Villa Park again as they look to make it to the 4th round of the Cup. Just 2 points separate the sides in the league and both could argue that a late push for the playoffs is on the cards. With a possible chance at promotion towards the end of the season, it will be interesting to see how each manager handles this match.
Aston Villa’s Recent Form
Aston Villa’s 2017/18 FA Cup Run
Aston Villa’s FA Cup run ended before it had a chance to begin after an embarassing 3-1 home loss to Peterborough. After beating non league Woking 5-2 in a second round replay, Peterborough headed to Villa Park as firm outsiders and would not have expected anything from the game. A goal from youngster Keinan Davis on 8 minutes got Villa off to a perfect start. That would be as good as it got however, as Villa failed to build on their lead. Remaining 1-0 at 75 minutes, Jack Marriot’s goal sparked a remarkable comeback. Ryan Tafazolli scored just 8 minutes later to make it 2-1, before Marriot added another late on to complete a famous Peterborough win.
Swansea City’s Recent Form
Swansea City’s 2017/18 FA Cup Run
Swansea City made the quarter finals of last season’s FA Cup, however they definitely made some hard work of it. The Swans were drawn away at Championship leaders Wolves in the 3rd round, playing out a 0-0 draw at Molineux. Wilfried Bony scored a 70th minute winner to put Swansea through to a 4th round game with Notts County. Another draw led to another replay at the Liberty, which Swansea comfortably on 8-1 against the lower opposition. Predictably, their 5th round game against Sheffield Wednesday led to another replay. This time, Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer scored in a 2-0 win at home. In the quarter final, the game was finally settled in 90 minutes, however it was Tottenham who would be advancing. Christian Eriksen scored either side of Erik Lamela in a 3-0 victory, knocking Swansea out.
Aston Villa v Swansea City Head To Head
Aston Villa Wins - 17
Draws - 3
Swansea City Wins - 9
After a run of 5 wins in a row against the Villains, Swansea have lost home and away to Villa this season. Conor Hourihane and Tammy Abraham each scored in a 1-0 win for Villa, with both games coming at times when Swansea City were in a poor run of form. 5 wins in a row prior to this season will provide some hope however, including 2 wins at Villa Park. This will only be the 3rd time that the two sides have met in the FA Cup after 2 meetings in the 1920’s. This is traditionally a low scoring fixture, with just 1 goal in 5 of the last 6 matches.
Where To Watch Aston Villa v Swansea City
Aston Villa v Swansea City will be shown live on Swans TV to all subscribers, including live commentary and punditry.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
Neither side are known for high scoring matches, and after just 7 goals in 5 matches between these sides, we aren’t expecting a goalfest.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing
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