No disrespect to any of the two teams mentioned below, but City have a golden chance to reach the semi final of the FA Cup.
The blues take on Aston Villa at Eastlands on Wednesday and their reward for knocking out Birmingham’s second best team will be a home tie in the quarter final with Reading.
The Championship side beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Tuesday and it would be a tough game against the former Premier League side, but it has to be said that this is our best chance for a long time to reach the semi final.
But first we have to beat Villa, which is not going to be easy. We beat them 4-0 over Christmas but fell to a 1-0 loss at Villa Park just a few weeks later.
And following Birmingham’s success in the League Cup on Sunday, Villa will be more eager than ever to beat the blues and claim a place in the quarter finals.
The two teams will meet in the FA Cup for the eighth time and Villa have not knocked City out of the competition since 1938. The last time these two teams met was in March 2006, when Georgios Samaras and Darius Vassell scored in a 2-1 win.
David Silva, who missed Sunday’s draw with Fulham, may return as could Micah Richards, but Vincent Kompany, Nigel de Jong and Adam Johnson all miss out.
Villa left back Nathan Baker is injured and will be replaced by Fabian Delph.
City (from): Hart, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Boateng, K Toure, Kolarov, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, Vieira, Y Toure, Silva, Barry, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Jo, Boyata, M Johnson, Guidetti, Wabara.
Villa (from): Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Clark, Delph, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Pires, Downing, Young, Bent, Marshall, Petrov, Bradley, Bannan, Herd, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso
Referee: Elbows at the ready as Mark Clattenburg arrives at Eastlands. The ‘referee’ was also in charge when Arsenal arrived at Eastlands in October and left with a 3-0 win.
Prediction: City really have to go for it and with Reading as a prize in the next round, we really have to fancy our chances.
City 3-1 Villa
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