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FA Cup

  • 17 February 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 46849

Manchester City - Leeds Preview: Mancini's men look to recover from Southampton humiliation

Manchester City - Leeds Preview: Mancini's men look to recover from Southampton humiliation

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With the FA Cup now looking like the Premier League champions' best chance of silverware, Roberto Mancini's side will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last weekend's upset



Maicon, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov
Silva, Rodwell, Y.Toure, Milner
Dzeko, Tevez
Green, Peltier, Lees, Warnock
Byram, Brown, Norris
Diouf, Morison, Varney

For the first time in a number of weeks, Roberto Mancini is likely to have the vast majority of his players available for selection for Sunday's meeting.

Crucially, the Italian could welcome back his captain Vincent Kompany (calf), who has been sidelined since City's last FA Cup fixture in late January.

Micah Richards (knee) is the only player certain to be ruled out, with Kolo and Yaya Toure both having returned from the Africa Cup of Nations duty prior to the defeat to Southampton.

Neil Warnock is also hoping to have a fully-fit squad to pick from, while neither of his January acquisitions Stephen Warnock or Steve Morison cup-tied for the clash.

  • Manchester City have conceded nine goals in the five cup games that they have played on home turf this season.
  • The two clubs have faced each other in the FA Cup five times before, with the Yorkshire club having advanced three times to Man City's two.
  • James Milner (pictured right) began his career at Leeds, and became the Premier League's youngest-ever Premier League goalscorer during his time there - breaking the record held by Wayne Rooney by just five days at the age of 17.
  • In January 2000, when both clubs were in English football's top tier, Leeds thrashed Manchester City 5-2. 12 years on, Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions, while Leeds finished 14th in the division beneath.
  • Likewise, Leeds skipper Michael Brown started out at Manchester City. He was sent off 10 minutes into his debut in August 1995.

Players to watch

J. Milner

Position: Midfielder

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A willing and intelligent off-the-ball runner, the winger may not be City's most fashionable attacker but he remains an effective one. Playing against his hometown club on Sunday, Milner will be need no extra motivation to put in a typically tireless performance.

L. Varney

Position: Attacker

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The striker is far from the most talented member of the current Leeds squad, but his industry, aggression and work rate is key. Varney scored the goal that made the difference against Tottenham in the last round of this competition, and will be looking to repeat the feat against a defence that leaked three to Southampton in their last fixture.

Editor's Prediction

With the likes of Michael Brown, El-Hadji Diouf and Neil Warnock himself, what can be guaranteed is that the visitors will do their utmost to hassle, harry and intimidate Manchester City on Sunday, and there can be little doubt that victory for either side will come at the price of 90 minutes of gruelling labour.

That said, though, quality more often than not tends to shine through, and the extra impetus served up by last weekend's hapless loss to Southampton should give Mancini's men the edge they needs to dispatch the Yorkshire club.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City

Leeds United


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