With the Gunners failing to convince this season, can the Swans make it to the fourth round of the FA Cup at their expense
|By PAUL GOUGH
Swansea City are paying tempting odds to continue their magnificent season and heap more misery on Arsenal in their third-round FA Cup replay at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday [Thursday morning Australian time].
While Arsenal - winners the Cup on 10 occasions - are the odds-on favourites at home, there are plenty of reasons why the Swans are capable of pulling off yet another giant-killing upset.
Arsenal are the $1.56 favourites with Betfair to win at home on Wednesday, with Swansea at $6.80 and the draw at 90 minutes priced at $4.50.
For Arsenal this year's FA Cup looks their last realistic chance of ending a trophy drought stretching back to 2005, considering the Gunners were knocked out of the League Cup by League Two outfit Bradford and face a near impossible task to win either the English Premier League or the Champions League.
In contrast, Swansea are flying high under new manager Michael Laudrup and are on the verge of qualifying for their first ever major cup final in the League Cup, in which they led Chelsea 2-0 following the first leg.
But while it might be a bit optimistic to tip Swansea to win this game inside the 90 minutes, they are priced at $3.90 at Betfair to merely qualify for the next round by winning this game either in regulation time, after extra time or after a penalty shoot-out.
That looks far more appealing than taking the odds-on about the inconsistent Gunners, who have failed to win any of their past three matches in all competitions and are coming off a 2-0 home loss in the EPL to Manchester City on Saturday.
|Manchester United and Chelsea to win on Wednesday at Betfair
||Swansea City to reach the fourth round of the FA CUp at $3.90 at Betfair|
In the other FA Cup replay on Wednesday, Manchester United - looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2004 - look a home banker paying $1.36 at Betfair against West Ham at $10.
The Hammers had their chance to knock out United in the initial encounter at Upton Park but blew it when Robin Van Persie scored an injury-time equaliser, and the London side will surely pay at Old Trafford on Wednesday for giving the Red Devils a second chance.
Meanwhile, there is one game in the Premier League on Wednesday, with Chelsea - fresh from a 4-0 hammering of Stoke - the $1.26 favourites with Betfair to win at home against Southampton at $15.50, with the draw paying $6.80.
Third-placed Chelsea look a home banker, with a 3-1 win for the home side making appeal at odds of $12 on Betfair's correct-score market.
* Note prices subject to change