Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs Fulham FC (FA Cup 4th Round)

Since February of 2018, when Manchester City lost to Wigan, the Citizens have won seven straight in the FA Cup, rolling up an aggregate score of 30-4 in that perfect run of form. City will host Fulham in the FA Cup 4th round on Sunday, and then the following Wednesday, host intra-city rival United in the EFL Cup semifinal.

It’s City’s home leg of the Manchester Derby semifinal tie, and they’ll bring a 3-1 lead into the meeting from the road leg. City boss Pep Guardiola gave a very straight-forward answer about overwork and fixture congestion that can sometimes ensure from advancing through various competitions.

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Manchester City vs Fulham (FA Cup 4th Round) Team News: Mendy, Stones, Mitrovic

Sunday marks the first FA Cup meeting between between Manchester City and Fulham FC since 1914! Yes, it’s been 106 years we’ve seen the Sky Blues and the Craven Cottagers face off in this competition, and they’ll get together again at the City of Manchester Stadium this weekend.

City will head into this one feeling pretty fit and healthy, as Benjamin Mendy, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are all fully back integrated into the team. Their only injury absentee here will be Leroy Sane. Flipping over to the visitors, they’ll be without the services of top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic due to an ankle injury.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Sheffield United 

Ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League fixture at Sheffield United, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reflected on the league title race and what might have been. He has long conceded the title race to Liverpool, who are 16 points up with a game in hand to boot.

“We can’t deny Liverpool are extraordinary,” Guardiola said Monday. “But everyday I live thinking about what we can do better. Some games are good, we concede few. We have scored more than Liverpool. I don’t have stats here but we concede more chances and drop points.”

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Man City vs Sheffield Team News: Mendy, Stones, Laporte, McGoldrick

Second place Manchester City could likely have a major fitness issue in the back line when they travel to seventh place Sheffield United tomorrow night. The reigning back to back champions could be without John Stones because due to a leg injury, and Benjamin Mendy, who is suffering from muscular fatigue.

Additionally, Aymeric Laporte is closing in on a return from a lengthy knee injury, but this match will come too soon for him. It could all add up to a major selection headache for manager Pep Guardiola.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs Crystal Palace

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You know what Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants for his birthday tomorrow? A victory over Crystal Palace, which would put his side a minimum of 15 points clear of fifth place. Not that anyone doubts the chances of City finishing in the top four, but with the league title possibility have waived goodbye a long time ago, you got to focus on locking down all the other priorities of the campaign.

City brings a now pretty fit squad to the table for this one. Aymeric Laporte is progressing, and while this match is too soon for him to feature, it won’t be long until he’s back in action.

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Chelsea FC Transfer Talk: Werner, Kumbulla, Dembele, Zaha

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Chelsea FC are still looking for their first transaction for the January transfer window, but the rumor mill is decisively and understandably working overdrive right now. The west London club have had their transfer ban lifted after just one window, and that means they should be really busy this month.

Here are a few of the Blues transfer narratives gaining traction in cyberspace right now. Multiple outlets have picked up on Chelsea’s pursuit of Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. However, they have competition, from Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City, as well as another club, one that often goes to head to head with Chelsea for players in the transfer market, Manchester United.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Aston Villa

Manchester City, who won a domestic treble last season, and finished with Premier League point totals that are among the top three in history the past two seasons, travel to 17th place Aston Villa tomorrow.

It’s pretty easy to size this one up, right? Well, games are played on the pitch, not on paper. Said City manager Pep Guardiola in reference to Aston Villa: “We have to play all the teams. Sometimes they’re at the top, sometimes in the middle, sometimes at the bottom. It’s a historic club. They changed their last set-up in the last game. We’ll try to maintain the dynamic we have.”

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Man City at Aston Villa Team News: Ederson, Laporte, Kodija, Targett

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“It’s been a long December,” as Counting Crows would say, for Aston Villa and January is not off to a good start either. Aside from the 5-0 EFL Cup throttling of Liverpool’s youth team, AVFC have just two victories (Norwich City, Burnley) over that period of time.

Now Dean Smith‘s side welcomes in reigning domestic treble holders Manchester City, who can certainly run up the score with the best of them, when motivated, and on their game. Of course, City have had some head scratching results (Norwich City) this season too, so anything can happen. It’s not good for the hosts that they are so injury riddled right now while City is starting to get fitter.

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Kevin De Bruyne Says City Routed United Last Night with Minimal Training

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne added insult to injury last night by opening up on just how little preparation his side put in ahead of their 3-1 dispatching of arch-rivals Manchester United in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie last night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the first half of football, in which his side conceded three times to Manchester City, and didn’t score, the worst half that his side has put forth this season. De Bruyne said that his team, which scored three times in the first 22 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory in the Old Trafford leg, accomplished it with just 15 minutes of training on Tuesday and not training with the tactical change at all on Monday.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs City (EFL Cup Semifinal)

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Ahead of the Manchester derby EFL Cup semifinal (leg 1/2) tomorrow night, City manager Pep Guardiola voiced his vote of confidence in his counter part on the other touchline. He stated his belief that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in spite of all the inconsistency United have had this season, is right man to lead United.

OGS has often been under fire this season as the Red Devils have been on a roller coaster through all of 2019-20. However, the Spaniard seems MUFC starting to take on the identity and shape of their leader.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs United (EFL Cup Semifinal)

One could easily call the Manchester Derby EFL Cup semifinal tie the true championship round of the competition. Since 2014, only one title (Chelsea in 2015) has been claimed by a non-Manchester club. While some doubt the seriousness or worthiness of this competition, the big boys, who operate at an elite level financially, obviously seem to take this tournament seriously.

City have won the last two and four of the last six. Their top priority this season is the UEFA Champions League, but Pep Guardiola’s side will play this match to win too. However, don’t expect Guardiola to field his strongest side here.

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Manchester Derby (EFL Cup) Team News: Maguire, Pogba, McTominay, Sane

It’s a Manchester derby in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, as United will welcome City to Old Trafford for the first match of their two legged tie. There are a lot of injuries to key players, on both sides, in this match-up with the world’s most expensive defender, Harry Maguire being amongst them.

The Englishman suffered a knock in the goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. “I don’t know [if he will be fit],” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to BT Sport ahead of the Tuesday night clash.

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