Holders Manchester City begin their defence of the FA Cup when they entertain Huddersfield at the Etihad Stadium. The blues won the trophy for the 7th time in their history, when Ilkay Gundogan’s Wembley brace gave them a 2-1 win over Manchester United last June.
While the blues are widely expected to make the fourth round, the cup can always throw up some unexpected results, and City will be anxious not to become a victim of an FA Cup upset.
The blues have won their last 11 matches in the third round, a record, with ten of those being won at the first attempt. City last played a third-round replay in 2014 when they faced Blackburn Rovers. Alvaro Negredo scored on the stroke of half-time, but Rovers levelled ten minutes into the second half. City won the replay 5-0.
United were the last team to knock City out in the third round, when the won 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium in 2012. The reds were 3-0 up at half-time, but City pulled two goals back and almost forced a replay. At the time, City were also the holders of the cup!
The last time City went out at the 3rd round stage to a lower division side was 2008. Nottingham Forest arrived at the Etihad Stadium to shock Mark Hughes’ side, winning 3-0.
The blues have reached the FA Cup Final 12 times in their history, winning 7 and losing five. Up until the 1981 FA Cup Final, in the years that City reached the final, they won the cup if their campaign started at home. Yet, if they started away, they lost the final. After that replay at Wembley, that little tradition went out of the window. Another thing Spurs took from us that evening!