Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round,
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom
Time and Date: Sunday 26th January 2020, kick off at 1.00pm (UK), 8.00am (EST), 5.00am (PST)
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick & Edward Smart
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss
VAR: Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis
TV Info: BBC1 (UK), NBC Sports Network (USA), ESPN+
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Holders Manchester City welcome Fulham to Manchester as the blues look to follow the example set by the Women’s wide and progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The blues faced a tough test at home to Port Vale in the last round, before eventually overpowering the League One side to beat them 4-1. Fulham on the other hand, overcame Premier League opposition in the form of Aston Villa, who they beat 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
Fulham are enjoying a good season under Scott Parker, who has guided the Cottagers to 3rd place in the Championship, and the blues will have to be prepared to be patient if they are to break down their West London opponents.
It has been 116 years since these two were last drawn together in the FA Cup, with the blues running out 2-0 winners in that encounter in January 1914.
Aymeric Laporte may feature in the match after making a successful return from long-term injury during the win at Sheffield United in midweek, while John Stones and Benjamin Mendy are set to return after missing the match in South Yorkshire. And apart from Leroy Sane, manager Pep Guardiola has a full-strength squad to choose from.
Fulham top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic will miss the match with an ankle injury, while Harrison Reed, Aboubakar Kamara, Anthony Knockaert and Maxime Le Marchand could also miss out.
While Fulham pose a threat, the potential loss of many key players may mean a more cautious approach, and that will only give City impetus to attack, and I can’t see Fulham holding out.
City 3-0 Fulham