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Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City, 2017 FA Cup: Players to Watch

Could it be another easy win for City?

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In the 5th round of the FA Cup, Manchester City will face Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon. The winner of the match will move on to the quarterfinals of the world's oldest competition.

Huddersfield, one of four Championship teams left in the FA Cup, have crept their way up the league table into third, the first playoff position. They have won their last six games, including five league matches and one FA Cup match.

While Huddersfield have their eye on the FA Cup and promotion to the Premier League, City have other things in mind: a Premier League title and a Champions League fixture against AS Monaco. Thus, Pep Guardiola will likely field a side consisting of substitutes and reserves for Saturday's match.

With such a long streak of winning form, the Terriers could pose a threat to City’s run at the FA Cup title.

Here’s a look at a few players who could impact the match:

Phillip Billing

A backup midfielder for the Terriers, Billing will have to replace Aaron Mooy in the lineup against City. If Mooy’s name sounds familiar, it’s because City are currently loaning him to Huddersfield for the remainder of the season after he played with Melbourne City last season.

Since Mooy cannot face his parent club, Billing, who has made six appearances this year and has one goal, needs to step up in Mooy’s absence and play well to boost Huddersfield’s chances of advancing.

Claudio Bravo

The Chilean goalkeeper brought in by Pep Guardiola earlier this season has been under constant scrutiny for his performance in goal all season. After losing his starting spot last month to Willy Caballero, this match against Huddersfield could be Bravo’s big chance.

No matter what defense City will play, the Huddersfield attack may struggle to penetrate the back line and create chances, so Bravo should remain untested for the majority of the match. However, when the City defense is under pressure, Bravo must prove his worth and try to regain his spot in the starting XI with a stellar performance.

Elias Kachunga

Kachunga, a German attacker on loan from Ingolstadt 04, currently leads Huddersfield’s attack with 10 goals this season. Although he is only 21 years old, he has played the most minutes of every Huddersfield player, and he could be a threat to City's defense on Saturday.

Kelechi Iheanacho

This season has been quite a roller coaster for the Nigerian striker. He was backup to Sergio Agüero all season and played in his absences because of suspensions, and did a fantastic job replacing the Argentine. However, Gabriel Jesus’ addition to the squad saw Iheanacho move down to third string striker on City's pecking order.

Now that Jesus is facing a season-long absence with a fractured metatarsal, Iheanacho has been granted another chance to show off his skills. With an elite conversion rate and finishing ability, Iheanacho has the talent and ability to lead City past Huddersfield and into the next round.