The FA Cup is back!
This time City face a Championship side down on their luck in Birmingham City.
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Time and Date: Sunday, 10th of January 2021, kick off at 13.30pm (UK), 8.30am (EST)
Referee: Robert Jones
Assistant Referees: Edward Smart & Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Graham Scott
AVAR: Matthew Wilkes
TV Info: FA Cup Player (UK), ESPN+ (USA), SPORTSNET(Canada)
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City have already secured one trip to Wembley this term, having secured a fourth successive Carabao Cup final appearance following Wednesday’s delightful 2-0 semi-final win at Manchester United.
Pep Guardiola’s side will launch our FA Cup campaign on the back of an impressive 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Aitor Karanka’s Birmingham have endured a frustrating first half to the campaign and currently lie in 18th place in the Championship.
Birmingham have lost five of their last six games, the sole exception being a goalless draw away to Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that barring any issues in training Sergio Aguero is likely to start Sunday’s game.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus will train and are deemed questionable. As are Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte.
For Birmingham, they have Allen Halilovic, Gray Gardner, Kristian Pedersena nd Marc Roberts out with injury.
City are the FA Cup holders and I am sure they will take this seriously, but they might put out a rotated side. Whatever team they put out, it will be too strong for Birmingham. City should be good in this one.
Manchester City 3-0 Birmingham City