FA Cup Preview: Manchester City - Leeds
With the FA Cup now looking like the Premier League champion's best chance of silverware, the Blues will be looking to avoid a repeat of last weekend's upset.
By Alex Hess
Maicon, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov
Silva, Rodwell, Y.Toure, Milner
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 has 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, with neither of his January acquisitions Stephen Warnock or Steve Morison cup-tied for the clash.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester City has conceded nine goals in the five cup games that it has 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.
- Leeds has knocked three Premier League clubs out of domestic cup competitions already this season.
- In January 2000, when both clubs were in English soccer's top tier, Leeds thrashed Manchester City 5-2. 12 years on, Manchester City was crowned Premier League champions, and Leeds finished 14th in the division below.
- Likewise, Leeds skipper Michael Brown started out at Manchester City. He was sent off 10 minutes into his debut in August 1995.
Top 3 Predictions
Manchester City 1-2 Leeds
- 18.1 %
Manchester City 3-0 Leeds
- 12.64 %
Manchester City 2-0 Leeds
- 9.31 %
|FA Cup (FA)||Feb 17, 2013||Manchester City 4 - Leeds 0|
|Mar 9, 2014||Manchester City 1 - Wigan Athletic 2||FA|
|Mar 2, 2014||Manchester City 3 - Sunderland 1||CCUP|
|Feb 22, 2014||Manchester City 1 - Stoke 0||EPL|
|Feb 18, 2014||Manchester City 0 - Barcelona 2||UCL|
|Feb 15, 2014||Manchester City 2 - Chelsea 0||FA|
|-||Mouhamadou Habib Habibou||Striker|
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