FA Cup: Mahrez, Ayew Face Off as Man City visit Swansea

Ghanaian Andre Ayew and Riyad Mahrez of Algeria are set to clash on Wednesday when Manchester City travel to Wales for their FA cup game against Swansea.

Mahrez and Man City are coming from an explosive weekend, which saw them thrash champions Liverpool 4-1 in the English Premier League, and seek a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

A victory will set them on course to replicate their 2019 victory in the competition. It will also extend their winning streak to 15 matches overall.

Swansea meanwhile have never made it to the finals of the world’s oldest competition.

Pep Guardiola’s side are in good form, even without Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, and perhaps their only issue might come if they win a penalty kick.

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On Sunday, Ilkay Gundogan joined a growing list of Manchester City players to miss from the penalty kick spot, and Guardiola hinted he is considering something radical.

“It’s a problem that we have,” he admitted.

“In important moments, we cannot miss it, and it doesn’t matter the taker. Again, I’m going to think about Ederson (the goalkeeper), he might be the taker next time.”

Swansea will go into the match with confidence of their own after 12 matches unbeaten at the Liberty Stadium.

Third in the Championship, Swansea have also kept 15 clean sheets this season and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman says it’s been a team effort.

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“It’s testament to the lads in front of me,” he said.

“On Friday night, I only made one save. The lads in front of me are working their socks off.

“I’m really happy to get 15 clean sheets on a personal note, but I can’t stress enough that it’s not just a goalkeeper’s thing. It’s really important to help us move forward.”

The fifth round includes four all-Premier League ties, with Everton facing Tottenham at Goodison, and Manchester United meeting West Ham United at Old Trafford.

In the other ties, Leicester City host Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton are away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Premier League strugglers Sheffield United host Bristol City, Burnley play Bournemouth and Chelsea go to Barnsley in the round’s other ties.


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