SWINDON Town can be found as low as 13-1 to beat Manchester City in Friday night's FA Cup third-round tie at the County Ground.

Many of the large bookmakers are offering odds in the low teens for Ben Garner's men to provide a Cup shock against Man City following the news that Pep Guardiola and seven first-team players had been forced to isolate in light of a recent Covid outbreak.

In the days leading up to the game, some bookies had Swindon as 50-1 outsiders to progress into the fourth round, while news surrounding player availability went on to severely affect the price customers could get for their stake. The best odds on a Swindon victory now stand at 33-1.

On the flip side, the current Premier League champions are backed at prices between 10 and 20-1 on to secure a spot in the fourth round.

The last time City failed to reach the fourth round was in 2012 when they lost 3-2 to Manchester United six months after lifting the trophy at Wembley Stadium.

The Robins were favourites in both the 3-0 first round win against Crewe Alexandra as well as the second-round 2-1 success way to Walsall.

Although Town are offered a single-figure percentage chance to progress, according to bettingodds.com, it is worth noting that City have shipped goals against Wycombe Wanderers, Port Vale and Cheltenham Town over the past three seasons - the latter of which were a goal to the good with nine minutes to play, so an upset is not entirely out of the question.


On one site, it is possible to find Tyreece Simpson to score any time in 90 minutes at 6/1 while the Ipswich loanee is 10/1 to score first, as is four-goal hero Harry McKirdy.

Louis Reed is a bargain 50/1 shot to open the scoring and 14/1 to score any time.

Second-round winning goalscorer Kaine Kesler-Hayden can be found at 80/1 to net first and 25/1 to strike any time.


The most likely final score, according to the bookies, is 3-0 Man City. On one site, that score is 13/2.

The most fancied scoreline in terms of a Swindon win is 2-1, and that can be found at 33/1, with a 1-0 Town victory not far behind at 35/1.