Bristol City travel to South Wales this evening for their FA Cup clash with Swansea City at the Swansea.com Stadium. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate on January 8, and as a result will have to play each other again, for what will be the third of four meetings this season.
Dutch striker Joel Piroe had put the Swans ahead but an equaliser from Antoine Semenyo 15 minutes from time, kept them in the competition and put them into the fourth round draw. If the two sides cannot be separated in 90 minutes this evening there will first be thirty minutes of extra time and then the possibility of penalties.
Who will City play if they win?
A home tie awaits the victor of Swansea City and Bristol City, but like their tie, their next opponents have not yet been decided. Bristol City and Swansea drew the victor of Chesterfield and West Brom. The Baggies failed to overcome the National League outfit and now there is a replay at The Hawthorns.
And what happens if City lose?
If City go out to Swansea this evening then they will be playing on January 28, when all the FA Cup ties are being played, just instead they’ll be playing in the Championship. The EFL pencilled in an away trip to the John Smith’s Stadium for Huddersfield Town. The Terriers were knocked out by Preston North End, and so if City are knocked out of the FA Cup, their clash with Huddersfield will go ahead. A losing team does not receive any prize money if they are knocked out of the competition at the third round stage.
How much money will Bristol City get if they win?
A victory for Bristol City tonight would be worth £105,000. It may not be much in the grand scheme of things but that money could be reinvested into the academy, which has produced stars like Antoine Semenyo and Cameron Pring.
City like Swansea will receive some money from ticket sales, however a crowd of 12,145 in the first meeting was below the usual average attendance. Tickets for this evening have been priced at £15 for adults, £10 for Seniors, Students and Armed Forces, meanwhile Under-18’s are £8 and Under-12’s are £5. Both teams get a 45% cut of the gate receipt revenue.
Last season, clubs that were chosen for television were reportedly given £144,000 and another £72,000 if it went to a replay. Bristol City’s potential tie with either Chesterfield or West Brom has not been chosen for television coverage by either BBC or ITV.
FA Cup prize money per round
|Third round proper winners||(32)||£105,000|
|Fourth round proper winners||(16)||£120,000|
|Fifth round proper winners||(8)||£225,000|