Swansea, Premier League lantern, and Wolverhampton, or simply Wolves, leader of the Champioship, will have their paths crossed this Wednesday, January 17, in the replay of the third round of the FA Cup . The game will be played from 17:45 (GMT) at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales.
In the second game there is no further postponement of the decision. If there is no winner in the regular time will be carried out extension of 30 minutes. If there is still no definition, the classified will be defined by penalties.
The replay is an exclusive regulation of the tournament, which is the oldest club competition in the world. Of the 32 games in the third stage, eight required the completion of the extra game with inverted field control.
Swansea’s recent performance
The Welsh are in the twentieth position of the 2017/2018 English League season after 23 rounds. They accumulated only 17 points (four wins, five draws and 14 losses). The situation is not definitive, as there are still 15 days to go. However, poor performance over the course of the season does not give fans much hope.
Recently, Swansea even achieved an improvement in yield. He managed to score in three of the last five games, but won only once. It has two points less than West Bromwich, penultimate placed.
Thus, the game against Wolves ends up being more of a problem for a team that has a lean cast and few technical resources. To complicate the life of Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal, who took office about a month ago, casualties are expected to start on Wednesday.
Two of them are true. Defender Kyle Naughton (21 games in English Premier League 2017/2018, no goal) and midfielder Leroy Fer (17 matches, one goal) are suspended. The latter may not even play for the club again. There is news about a possible deal with West Ham.
The number of absences may increase according to the position of the medical department against defenders Angel Rangel (three games, no goal) and Mike van der Hoorn (11 games, no goal); midfielder Renato Sanchez (12 games, no goal) and striker Tammy Abraham (20 games, four goals).
The current form of the Wolves
The Wolves have set foot in the Premier League. On Saturday, when he equalized with Barnsley, away from home, 0-0, he retained a handsome lead on the Championship standings table. He has 62 points (19 wins, five draws and three losses). They are ten more than the Derby, second place.
In the second division, teams that complete the 46 rounds in the first two places guarantee a place in the elite of English football. In that fight, the Wolves’ advantage is 12 points compared to Cardiff. There are still 45 points remaining.
There is still a third place available in the First Division. It is awarded to the winner of the playoff between the teams that are between the third and sixth places. In that case, the front of the Wolves is even bigger. They are 19 points more than Leeds, seventh place.
In addition to the good margin of difference, the Wolves presents as an argument to reinforce his favoritism the fact of having the best attack (50 goals) and the least leak defense (20 goals) of the Championship.
History of the bouts between Swansea and Wolves
The teams were face to face on seven occasions. Each won twice and there were three draws.
There is no doubt that Wolves have more consistent football than Swansea. The home factor makes the match more balanced and indicates the draw in regular time as a good guess. The return is 3.10 for each real invested in Rivalo. Welsh victory earns 2.40 and visitors pay 2.90.