Swindon Town will be taking on Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup 2021-22 on Saturday, 8th January 2022 at the County Ground, Swindon.
The hosts Swindon Town will be all set for an uphill battle against the English giants’ Manchester City in Round three of the FA Cup. They made their way into this game on the back of a 3-0 victory against Crewe Alexandra followed by a 2-1 win over Walsall. Swindon Town haven’t reached round four of the FA Cup in over a decade and will now be looking to change history by creating an upset over the City.
On the other hand, Manchester City are in the best form of their life as they stand at the top of the Premier League points table and are on a six-game winning streak across all competitions. The Citizens defeated Arsenal 2-1 in the most recent fixture and will be high on confidence.
They will be aiming to replicate their title-winning performance from the FA Cup 2018-19 and lay their hands on the cup for the second time under the management of Pep Guardiola. However, City have been dealt with a major blow as 21 members of the team have been isolated owing to COVID-19 which includes seven first-team players. They will be without Pep in this match, with assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell taking charge.
Match: Swindon vs Manchester City
Date and Time: Saturday, 8th January 2022 1:30 AM IST
Venue: County Ground, Swindon
Swindon vs Manchester City Head to Head
Swindon Town and Manchester City have been up against each other on 22 occasions with Man City having a clear edge over Swindon. Manchester City have managed to win 14 encounters whereas Swindon Town have grabbed just five wins. They last met in the 2001-02 FA Cup where Manchester City came out on top with a 2-0 victory.
Swindon vs Manchester City Team News
Swindon Town: Joe Wollacott- International duty, Mathieu Baudry- Hip tendon injury
Manchester City: Phil Foden, Oleksandr Zinchenko- COVID-19 positive, Riyad Mahrez: International duty
Swindon vs Manchester City Probable Playing XI
Swindon Town: Lewis Ward, Robert Donald Hunt, Akinwale Odimayo, Ellis Iandolo, Louis Reed, Kaine Kesler, Jordan Lyden, Jonathan Williams, Jack Payne(C), Harry McKirdy, Tyreece Simpson
Manchester City: Zack Steffen, Kyle Walker, Luke Mbete, Egan-Riley, Nathan Ake, Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, James McAtee, Kayky da Silva, Cole Palmer, Jack Grealish
Swindon vs Manchester City D11 Team
Zack Steffen, Kyle Walker, Nathan Ake, Kaine Kesler, Akinwale Odimayo, Fernandinho, Jack Grealish(C), Ilkay Gundogan(VC), Louis Reed, Jack Payne, Kayky da Silva
Swindon vs Manchester City Probable Winners
There is no doubt that Manchester City start as sure-shot favorites to win this encounter against Swindon Town. They undoubtedly have a great squad and are also in great form across all competitions. Swindon Town would have to be at more than their best if they want to come out on top in this game.
Prediction: Swindon Town 0-3 Manchester City