Could Manchester City complete another clean sweep of domestic silverware or even an unprecedented quadruple? Victory at Liverpool sent them clear at the top of the Premier League, they are in the final of the Carabao Cup and this evening face Swansea City in the FA Cup fifth-round.
City came from 2-0 down at the Liberty Stadium to beat Swansea at the quarter-final stage two years ago, going on to trounce Watford in the final and win the competition. Manchester City have won 18 of their 21 FA Cup ties under Pep Guardiola, coming from behind to beat Cheltenham Town in the last round.
Steve Cooper’s Swansea have been in fantastic form in the Championship, sitting third with the best defence in the division having conceded just 15 in 27 games. Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and defender Marc Guehi – on loan from Newcastle United and Chelsea respectively – have been particularly impressive. Midfielder Conor Hourihane arrived from Aston Villa in January and they still rely on Andre Ayew for goals.
“We’re buzzing for every game at the moment,” said Cooper.
“If you have the right mentality about you and the right mindset, you look forward to thriving on these challenges and that’s what I want us to be.”
Manchester City are likely to rotate, but could be bringing players of the quality of Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus back into their starting XI. Phil Foden could become the first Man City player to score in the third, fourth and fifth rounds of the FA Cup in the same season since Shaun Goater in 2000-01.
“I know about the consistency, defensively they don’t give chances and goals, they are so solid in this formation, they have quality up front, quality in the middle,” Guardiola said.
“It will be a difficult test, we have to do a good performance.”
Full team news on the way shortly.