The FA Cup Fifth round draw has reared several interesting fixtures, one of which is Huddersfield versus Manchester City, which will take place on Saturday at the John Smith’s Stadium. City face Huddersfield before they play Monaco and will have one eye on their Champions League tie, especially now favourites Barcelona look like they are heading out the competition.
Sitting third in the Championship standings, David Wagner’s side holds the best current form in the division, having won five out of their last five games. They have surpassed the expectations of many by mounting a superb challenge for the play-off places and perhaps even a late title challenge.
Manchester City, meanwhile, despite being currently second in the league, have been underwhelming this season. Much was made off Pep Guardiola coming to the club, and with the vast sums of money he spent in the summer, many thought that City would dominate the league. Several lacklustre performances, however, coupled with some crippling injuries, sees the Manchester side eight points off high-flying Chelsea.
Both sides demonstrated good, confident displays in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup; with Huddersfield beating League One side Rochdale 4-0, and Manchester City beating Crystal Palace away from home 3-0. This fixture, however, promises to be more competitive.
Huddersfield predicted starting XI Manchester City predicted starting XI
Injuries and suspensions:
Huddersfield will be without Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer and Jonathan Hogg, both of whom are believed to still be injured. They are expected to line-up strong to give themselves the best chance of causing an upset and progressing into the next round.
For Manchester City, fringe players such as Jesús Navas and Nolito may come in. Gabriel Jesus suffered a broken metatarsal at the weekend and that represents a huge loss for this Guardiola’s side. Meanwhile, Ilkay Gündogan remains sidelined with a knee ligament injury.
Depending on Pep Guardiola’s line-up, which he has been known to tinker with in his first season with Manchester City, Huddersfield could find themselves causing an upset in this FA Cup tie. There is no doubting City’s quality, but they could find it tough against a determined, well-drilled and effective Huddersfield side. Nonetheless, they should just have enough to see themselves over the line.
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