The fifth round of the FA Cup is scheduled to take place with Bristol City hosting Manchester City at their home ground Ashton Gate. Both clubs are in different modes of their performance but are motivated to reach the next round of the tournament.
Bristol City are currently in the 13th spot in the championship. The Robins have struggled to score wins in the ongoing season but they have done relatively well in the FA Cup tournament.
Manchester City are currently in the 2nd spot in the Premier League point table. They are in a close race with Arsenal to win the league title but as of now, the club will be focused on the FA Cup. The online bookies have some fancy odds on FA Cup ties.
Bristol City are coming to play their FA Cup fixture after witnessing a win over Hull City in their last fixture by 1-0. It was an absolute thriller where Nahki Wells converted a penalty into a goal in the 70th minute. The Robins are on a 12-match no-defeat streak but they are currently struggling with their attack. Their defence looks strong and the team management will have to work on their attacking strategy.
Rob Atkinson would miss the rest of the campaign due to a cruciate ligament rupture.
Predicted Lineup: O'Leary, Tanner, Vyner, Kalas, Pring, James, Williams, Sykes, Scott, Bell, Wells
The Citizens are trying hard to reach the top of the Premier League point table and take down their archrivals Arsenal. However, Manchester City will be eyeing to finish the FA Cup as of now and they will be meeting Bristol City for the first time in the 5th round of the tournament. The Sky Blues have done a commendable job in the FA Cup till now and are expected to continue the momentum.
John Stones is still recovering from his injury and won’t be part of the FA Cup fixture. Starting XI might be rested for this one.
Predicted Lineup: Ortega; Lewis, Dias, Ake, Gomez; Silva, Phillips, Gundogan; Mahrez, Alvarez, Foden
It is going to be an easy game for the visitors as there is a gulf in class between two sides.
Man City's second string team will also be too good for Bristol and we expect them to thump the home team by 5-0.