Premier League Class Should Tell For Swansea
Five years ago Wigan won the FA Cup and were relegated form the Premier League. Would their fans now swap that occasion when they saw their team beat Manchester City at Wembley for their seat at the top table? It is in the record books that Wigan won the FA Cup but their finances have dipped after dropping out of the top flight. Swansea are facing a similar dilemma in their replay at home against Sheffield Wednesday tonight. They are in the bottom three and potentially the last eight of the Cup. The Welsh side are 25/1 with William Hill to win the FA Cup but 6/5 to be relegated.
Wednesday are 17th in the Championship and their plight could be worse if they fall into the third tier. Championship clubs are one step from the Holy Grail of the Premier League but if you are in League One the honey pot is a million miles away. Both managers could have done without tonight’s fixture but one team must progress to the quarter-finals and a home tie against Rochdale or Tottenham. Premier League quality should tell in the final reckoning.
Even though Swansea are in the relegation mire they have won their last five matches at home. Tonight it’s a question of which manager rests most players with huge league matches imminent at the weekend and Swansea can be afford to be less cautious. You would fancy Swansea’s second string to beat Sheffield Wednesday’s weakened team at home and that is the most likely result. SWANSEA have the class to win the tie in 90 minutes and that outcome is 4/5 with bet365.
The Arctic has arrived in Britain today and racing could be disrupted. There are inspections at Catterick and Chelmsford so potentially there is just the All-Weather fixture at Lingfield. WALK IN THE SUN looks unbeatable in the second but only the money buyers would be interested in a 20% return on investment because the horse is a best priced 1/5. There is a Class 2 contest for fillies (3.30) which brings together horses that finished in the first three at Wolverhampton last month. The terms of the race favour ZEST and the horse can deliver at 15/8 with Ladbrokes.