Pep Guardiola said back in July that one of the things he was looking forward to as Manchester City manager was a chance to face Sam Allardyce. He got good laughs in the room for that, but it's actually true. Pep is really excited to face Allardyce, and he said he wants to "give Big Sam a Big Hug".
Sam vs Pep happens today at Selhurst Park as City face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round. City are favorites thanks to their talents and Palace's awful form, but it's the Cup and anything can happen. Clichés are the worse, but this one is real. Anything can happen in the FA Cup.
Here's hoping that what happens today is a City victory.
Crystal Palace starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Hennessey | Schlupp, Tomkins, Kelly, Ward | Ledley, Flamini | Lee, Townsend, Mutch | Benteke
Substitutes: Perntreou, Fryers, Delaney, McArthur, Kaikai, Cabaye, Remy
Manager: Sam Allardyce
Manchester City starting lineup (4-3-3):
Caballero | Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Sagna | Delph, Touré, Silva | Sané, Jesus, Sterling
Substitutes: Bravo, Zabaleta, Stones, Fernando, Navas, De Bruyne, Nolito
Manager: Pep Guardiola
How to Watch
As we explained in our match preview, this game was rescheduled from Sunday to today at 3pm (UK time) because of Palace's Premier League game against AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday. There's a TV blackout in the UK at 3pm, so this won't be shown ANYWHERE.
You can't get any streams on the internet either, and only people in the UK can listen to it via BBC Radio. If you live in the US (or Brazil, like me), sorry. No way to watch it.
COME ON, CITY!