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Manchester City v Cheltenham Town: FA Cup Preview, Team News and Prediction

Fourth round is here.

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Manchester City v Birmingham City - FA Cup Third Round Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The FA Cup is back!

This time Manchester City face a wily side in Cheltenham Town. A team that the City faithful raised over 20k pounds for. Cheltenham then thanked all City fans with a banner for the match tomorrow.

Venue: Jonny-Rocks Stadium

Time and Date: Saturday, 23rd of January 2021, kick off at 5.30 pm (UK), 12.30 pm (EST)

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Assistant Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis

Assistant Referee: Ian Hussin

Fourth Official: Andrew Madley

TV Info: BBC One (UK), ESPN+ (USA), SPORTSNET(Canada)

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Preview

Pep Guardiola’s side enter into the game on the back of a great run of form that has seen City go unbeaten in last 16 games in all competitions including winning last nine games in a row.

Cheltenham currently sit in sixth position in the League Two table after netting 37 points from their first 23 games. Town booked their place in the fourth round thanks a 2-1 win over Mansfield Town (after extra time) in their third round encounter earlier this month.

It will be a true giant v minnow battle.

Team News

Manchester City will be without Kevin De Bruyne, Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker to injury. Also will be without Sergio Aguero to covid. Aymeric Laporte is questionable.

Prediction

Manchester City 2-0 Cheltenham Town