Scunthorpe will be looking for revenge when they take on City at Glanford Park this afternoon.
The Iron visited Eastlands in October for a Carling Cup 4th round tie and were promptly dispatched 5-1 but the Lincolnshire side will be eager to erase that game with a victory over the blues.
City have struggled in the past against lower opposition and last year, they were dumped out at the third round stage at home to Nottingham Forest.
League form often goes out of the window in cup games and, despite Scunthorpe battling against relegation from The Championship, they will be looking to make City’s passage into the fifth round as uncomfortable as possible as the try to emulate Forest’s success last year.
Midfielder Stephen Ireland is likely to return to the team after being on the bench for the victory over United in midweek. Manager Roberto Mancini may decide to keep leading scorer Carlos Tevez out of the side or limit his playing time s the blues travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday to finish the job against United
Roque Santa Cruz and new signing Patrick Vieira are both sidelined with calf injuries, while Joleon Lescott is still out injured. Kolo Toure is still at the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.
Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins may recall former Charlton midfielder Josh Wright after he recovered from illness, with summer signing Michael O’Connor missing out through suspension.
Former physio Adkins must decide whether to recall first-choice goalkeeper Joe Murphy or stick with Josh Lillis, a lifelong City fan, who has excelled in recent weeks and got the nod to face Cardiff last weekend.
Scunthorpe United (from): Lillis, Murphy, Byrne, Mirfin, Williams, Togwell, Sparrow, Woolford, McCann, Thompson, A. Wright, Hayes, Hooper, Forte, May , Picton, Slocombe, Milne.
Manchester City (from): Given, Taylor, Zabaleta, Richards, Onuoha, Sylvinho, Garrido, Trippier, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Robinho, Tevez, Benjani, Petrov, Vidal, Boyata.
Over The Blue Moon Prediction
Scunthorpe 0 City 3
The blues should have little trouble overcoming the Championship side
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