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  • January 18, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Halsey
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FA Cup Preview: Manchester City – Leicester City

FA Cup Preview: Manchester City – Leicester City

Return to Meadow Lane awaiting Sven

If Leicester win this replay Sven will be reunited with another of his former teams in the fourth round. A trip to Meadow Lane to visit League One team Notts County awaits Eriksson who would be able to complete the set of returns to former clubs he has been involved with in English football.

Leicester’s away form this season has been poor . They have won just three times on the road in the league and currently lie 31 places behind City in the Football League.

Leicester have enjoyed better fortunes away from home in cup competitions this season however. They have beaten Leeds and Portsmouth on their travels and will head to Eastlands with renewed optimism.


Home form the key

In stark contrast to Leicester’s poor away form, Manchester City boast a very strong home record this season. They have lost only twice in the 16 games they have played in all competitions at Eastlands and will be confident of overcoming the challenge posed by Leicester.

Of the 14 games City have won ten of them and come off the back of scoring plenty of goals against Wolves on Saturday.

Leicester have only ever played at Eastlands twice and have thus far been winless. In 2003/04 they traveled there twice only to be beaten once and secure a replay in the FA Cup where they lost yet again.

Team News

Manchester City


Manchester City will be without the services of new £27million signing Edin Dzeko who is ineligible.

The Bosnian forward was not registered for the initial game at the Walkers Stadium and therefore cannot be registered for the replay.

Mario Balotelli remains sidelined with a knee injury as manager Roberto Mancini ponders whether to sell striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese striker could be involved as Mancini may look to rest a few players given their trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

David Silva may also feature as he continues his return from a knee injury which saw him miss two weeks earlier this month.

Mancini is likely to rest some players much like the Italian did in this season’s Europa League campaign.

Possible starting XI: Hart; Boateng, Toure, Lescott, Kolarov; Milner, Vieira, Barry, Silva, Jo; Adebayor

Leicester City

New loan signing Yakubu is ineligible and will miss out on a quick return to a Premier League ground since his loan move from Everton.

Darius Vassell is a doubt for his return to his old club with a hamstring injury. The striker missed out on Leicester’s 1-1 draw against Preston on Saturday and remains a doubt for this trip.

Central defender Miquel Vitor is also struggling with a hamstring injury for Leicester.

Possible starting XI: Weale; Naughton, Hobbs, Bamba, Berner; Abe, Wellens, King; Dyer, Gallagher, Howard


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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
7James MilnerMidfielder
-Patrick VieiraMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
38D. BoyataDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
7Striker
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
43Alex Tchuimeni-NimelyStriker
1Chris WealeGoalkeeper
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
6Sol BambaDefender
46Jack HobbsDefender
20Bruno BernerDefender
22Yuki AbeMidfielder
19Richard WellensMidfielder
10Andy KingMidfielder
11DyerDefender
18Paul GallagherStriker
9Steve HowardStriker
13Conrad LoganGoalkeeper
-Robbie NeilsonDefender
-MorenoMidfielder
17Dany N'GuessanMidfielder
8Matt OakleyMidfielder
-Franck MoussaMidfielder
14Martin WaghornStriker
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David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
Andy King
Andy King
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
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