After a nice, warm weekend in Abu Dhabi, Manchester City returned to a chilly English weather with snow and cold temperatures, although everyone is used to that by now. What will not be cold is the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, when City play the first Cup tie at their home stadium since basically forever.
The Sky Blues will be looking to book a place in the FA Cup quarterfinals when they face Huddersfield Town in the fifth round replay. The draw was already made 10 days ago, so City know that if they beat the Terries, they have another Premier League team to face away from home: Middlesbrough will welcome the winner of Wednesday's replay to the Riverside Stadium, but City shouldn't be surprised by a bad draw. It's common procedures.
Before Middlesbrough, though, City will try to see off a tough Championship side in a very good position to achieve promotion to the Premier League, and the Terries promise to bring the fight to City like we saw in the first leg.
This won't be fun or straightforward. City have a tough Cup tie, and everything can happen in a Cup tie. The form is very good, though, and Pep Guardiola's men can definitely win this one and face Boro next.
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7:45PM GMT (UK), 2:45PM EST, 11:45AM PST (USA), 1:15AM IST (India, Thursday)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Television: BBC One (UK), Fox Sports 1 (USA), SuperSport 3 (Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa), Sony ESPN (India), Sportsnet World (Canada)
Online streaming: BBC iPlayer (UK), Fox Sports GO, FoxSoccer2GO, FuboTV (USA)
(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)
Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Vincent Kompany miss out through injury, but all other players will be available for this game. Pep Guardiola indicated he will probably not rotate too much against Huddersfield, given the team didn't play at the weekend and the next Champions League game is still two weeks away.
Pep has always valued the Cup in Spain and Germany, almost never playing weaker sides, and since he already rotated in the first leg, he should go with his big guns in the replay to guarantee the victory.
Claudio Bravo is the only one who has a chance of coming into the usual starting lineup, but other than the Chilean we should see most of the players who beat AS Monaco.
Manchester City (4-1-4-1):
Bravo; Zabaleta, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy; Touré; Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Sané; Iheanacho
Coleman; Cranie, Hudson, Stankovic, Holmes-Dennis; Billing, Whitehead; Lolley, Payne, Parra; Quaner
Let's go to the next round, shall we? 3-0 City.