2018-19 FA Cup: Fifth Round- Swansea City vs Brentford

With a spot in FA Cup Quarter Finals at stake, Swansea City meet Brentford in an all Championship fifth round clash at the Liberty Stadium.

Team news

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Oli McBurnie is set to start for Swansea despite suffering from flu in recent weeks.

Nathan Dyer is a doubt with a hamstring injury as he potentially joins Leroy Fer (hamstring), Declan John (ankle) and Wayne Routledge (calf) on sidelines. Joe Rodon (foot) and Marcus Olsson (Achilles) are long-term absentees for the Swans.

Brentford will assess Rico Henry who has missed recent games with a foot injury.

Henrik Dalsgaard however is hopeful of playing despite breaking a bone in his hand during the week.

 

Stat Attack

  • Only previous FA Cup tie between Swansea and Brentford finished 1-1 in November 1971. Swansea went on to win the replay.
  • Swansea are unbeaten in last seven against Brentford in all competitions (W6, D1).
  • Swansea have scored at least twice in each of last five meetings with Brentford across all competitions.

 

Prediction

This is a difficult tie to call as both sides are in similar form but Brentford have been more consistent with only one defeat in their last 12 across all competitions. 

Add in the fact that both sides have bigger priorities in the Championship, I can see this coming down to a case of who wants it more.

That side for me is Brentford given that they tend to impose themselves on the game the longer the match goes on. 

Prediction: Swansea 1-2 Brentford

Result: Swansea 4-1 Brentford

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