Take Birmingham City last season, who would surely have stayed in the top flight if they hadn’t gone and won the Carling Cup, shocking Arsenal in the final before suffering a downturn in form that now means they are a Championship club.
The same might yet happen to Bolton Wanderers who have a winnable fourth round tie against Swansea on Saturday which will see them reach the last sixteen while trying to accumulate enough points to remain a top flight entity.
Owen Coyle has reason to believe that the worm has turned following Saturday’s excellent 3-1 win over Liverpool and Boylesports offer a best price 6/4 that Wanderers beat their Welsh opponents this weekend.
However, with Arsenal coming to town on Wednesday, there will be a temptation to rotate the squad and we shouldn’t forget that the Swans are seven points better off than their opponents in the Premier League table, having played very well at Sunderland last weekend despite losing the game.
Brendan Rodgers’ team won 4-2 at Barnsley in the previous round of the FA Cup and odds of 9/5 (bet365 – £200 free bets) look rather large about them celebrating victory at the Reebok Stadium, with the manager perhaps having one eye on Tuesday’s clash against former club Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium.
Neither team will want a replay considering Premier League survival is clearly the priority and we might see an entertaining encounter played out that features Over 2.5 Goals at even money.