Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Villa Park will host the FA Cup clash between Aston Villa and Swansea City, the two Championship teams. The Villans sit in the middle of the Championship table, but they have been scoring goals for fun of late. Former Swansea City attacker Abraham looks unstoppable at the moment and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in the FA Cup round 3. Aston Villa are more of a team than Swansea City and considering that the Welsh outfit have been struggling in recent festive fixtures, we are tempted to put our money on the Villans. In each of their previous two meetings in the Championship Aston Villa emerged triumphant, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. When the two teams met at Liberty Stadium earlier this term Aston Villa defeated Swansea City 1-0.
Highlighted Player (Birkir Bjarnason):
The 28-year-old Icelandic central midfielder Birkir Bjarnason bearing a striking nickname Thor in his homeland is a footballing nomad, having played for no less than seven clubs in less than ten years of his professional careers.
After spells in Belgium and Italy, the Iceland midfielder moved to FC Basel in 2015 to amass 29 Swiss Super League appearances and add 10 goals in his club’s title-winning campaign. Following a successful season at club level, the versatile midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, who is equally apt to perform as a striker, made striking appearance during the Euro 2016 in France. His commanding appearances made him a key player for the minnows Iceland as they knocked England out to reach the quarter finals of the tournament.
Despite heavy summer interest from several English sides, Bjarnason remained with the Swiss champions and is expected to play a key role in their Champions League campaign.
Highlighted Team (Swansea City):
Swansea City AFC is a Welsh football club from Swansea and is currently playing in the English Premier League. The biggest rival Swansea City is Cardiff City which is next to Swansea City the only football club from Wales that played in the PremierLeague.
Swansea City was founded in 1912 under the name ‘Swansea Town’. The first venue where Swansea City played was The Vetch Field. The club grew in members and fans and on 23th of July 2005 Swansea City opened the Liberty Stadium which holds a capacity of 21 000 supporters. The fans of Swansea City prefer to use the non-commercial name: White Rock Stadium.
In the history of Swansea City the club managed to win the Football League One twice and the Welsh Cup 10 times. So far the Welsh club didn’t win any prizes in the highest English divisions. Known players that wore the Swansea jersey are Lampard, Toshack, Martinez and Bony.