Swansea City face a huge challenge as they take on Manchester City in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening.
Steve Cooper’s side are in wonderful form in the Championship and find themselves in an excellent position to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League.
The Swans will be brimming with confidence after securing a 2-0 win over league leaders Norwich City at the weekend, but of course a clash with Pep Guardiola’s side will be a completely different challenge.
City are currently top of the Premier League and while Swansea will be quietly confident going into this one, BBC Sport’s Mark Lawrenson believes that the Blues will claim a 2-0 win.
Writing for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Manchester City are in a very strong position at the top of the Premier League – I don’t see anyone stopping them from winning the title and I think they will win it by a big margin now.
“Pep Guardiola’s side are still in all four major competitions this season and they will be trying to win all of them.
“This won’t be easy – Swansea are doing well at the top of the Championship and I don’t think their manager Steve Cooper quite gets the credit he deserves.
“Swansea will also feel like they owe Manchester City one after their last meeting, in the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2019, when Guardiola’s side came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 thanks to Sergio Aguero’s ‘offside’ winner.
“It’s a shame for Swansea that there will be no fans there this time, because it is yet another example of where it would have helped the lower division side at home.
“Manchester City survived a scare against League Two side Cheltenham in the last round, but I see this as being a more straightforward evening for them.”
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Swansea City need to enjoy the challenge of facing Manchester City.
Securing promotion from the Championship is the main priority for Steve Cooper’s side and a clash with Pep Guardiola’s side won’t change that.
This is something of a free swing for the Swans but if they can secure a shock win then it’ll do wonders for their confidence.