Swansea City v Gillingham FA Cup Match Preview
Swansea’s FA Cup run continues with a home draw against Gillingham at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans were rewarded with a home tie after their 3-0 victory at Villa Park, whilst Gillingham’s 1-0 win over Cardiff handed them an away game at bigger opposition. With the Championship schedule still very much the focus of Graham Potter, it’ll be interesting to see how he manages his side coming into this game.
Swansea City’s Recent Form
Swansea City’s 3rd Round Match
Swansea City’s FA Cup campaign got off to the best possible start with a 3-0 win away at Villa Park. After 2 1-0 defeats to Aston Villa already this season, Swansea fans could have been forgiven that their FA Cup run would be over before it even had a chance to begin. Courtney Baker-Richardson got Graham Potter’s side off to the perfect start after just 2 minutes. It would stay 1-0 until half time, but another quick start in the second half doubled Swansea’s advantage. Nathan Dyer benefited from Leroy Fer’s weighted pass before controlling the ball and sliding past Kalinic in the Villa goal. Jay Fulton completed the rout, again after Leroy Fer’s good work, to ensure Swansea would be in the hat for Round 4. A home tie against Gillingham will be welcome considering some of the sides left in the draw, but they can’t be underestimated after already knocking out one Welsh side this year.
Gillingham’s Recent Form
Gillingham’s FA Cup Run So Far
Gillingham are in the 4th round for the first time in 15 years after their victory over Premier League Cardiff City. However, the League 1 side have made hard work of the previous 3 games. A first round game against Hartlepool needed a replay and extra time against the non league outfit. 3 goals in extra time handed the Gills an away game against Slough Town, which was a slightly more comfortable 1-0 win. The highlight of their run so far would come in the 3rd round with a home tie against Cardiff City. After managing to survive Cardiff’s attacks all game, striker Elliot List hammered home from just inside the box to send Gills fans into delirium. Gillingham boss Steve Lovell is a Swansea fan and was granted his dream draw after admitting he would ‘love’ to face the Swans at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea City v Gillingham Head To Head
Swansea City Wins - 15 Draws - 10 Gillingham Wins - 13
It’s been over 10 years since Swansea last played Gillingham, when both teams were in League One. Swans fans in particular might remember the game, as a 2-1 win confirmed Swansea’s promotion to the Championship in April 2008. Guillem Bauza scored 2 late first half goals to turn the game around, ensuring Swansea would be promoted at the end of the season. Swansea went on to win the league that year, while Gillingham would be relegated after a poor end to the season. The last match at the Liberty came earlier that season, Paul Anderson’s late equaliser rescuing a 1-1 draw for Swansea. You have to go back to 2006 for the last time Gillingham beat Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea City v Gillingham Club Comparisons
|Domestic Cup Wins||15||0|
|Seasons In Premier League||7||0|
|Odds to win the FA Cup||100/1*||750/1*|
Where To Watch Swansea City v Gillingham
Swansea City v Gillingham has not been selected for TV coverage, so will only be available for Swans TV subscribers, with live commentary and punditry throughout.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
Swansea should be looking at this match as a straightforward route into the next round, and although Cardiff couldn’t break them down, we expect goals at the Liberty.
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