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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
18:00 15th February 2017
By  Matthew Wilkinson

MATCH PREVIEW: MAN CITY (H)

Huddersfield Town welcomes Premier League side Manchester City to the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round.

David Wagner’s in-form Terriers face one of the toughest possible tests against the former Premier League champions in a bid to reach the Sixth Round of the world’s oldest competitions.

Both sides head into the game in good form having not been beaten in their previous five outings, and with a packed crowd expected it is set to be a cup game to remember.

THE OPPOSITION

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Manchester City currently sits second in the Premier League table, eight points adrift of current league leaders Chelsea.

Despite being knocked out in the Round of 16 in the Capital One Cup, Pep Guardiola's side are still competing in three competitions; the Champions League, Premier League, and the Emirates FA Cup.
 
Heading into the game in fine form, City has gone five games unbeaten and has progressed through the Emirates FA Cup in devastating fashion, with 5-0 and 3-0 victories in the previous rounds.
 
MAN CITY: PLAYERS TO WATCH

It’s unsure exactly which players Guardiola will field with a European night looming next week, but he has a squad full of international-quality players to call upon.

The experienced Sergio Aguero is one of the world's best natural goal scorers and will provide a major threat to the Huddersfield defence if he plays. With 19 goals to his name already this season, he is a man in form. Always looking to spring the offside trap, Aguero can also use his body to protect and hold up play, bringing the rest of the team into an attack.

Kevin De Bruyne is another player to watch and will be aiming to link up the play from the midfield to the attack. With a natural goal scoring ability, De Bruyne doesn't just create chances but scores them as well - making him an even greater threat.

At the back, Aleksandar Kolarov provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the City defence. Always looking to push on and join in the attack, Kolarov often helps provide both goals and assists all whilst remaining solid defensively.

MAN CITY: JANUARY TRANSFERS

Whilst Manchester City did not officially sign anybody in January, the pre-agreed transfer for Gabriel Jesus (pictured below) took place with the forward joining the Club after officially signing for a fee of £27 million in the summer.

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Jesus has made a big impact since moving to England scoring three goals in his first two appearances for the club. However, after suffering a broken metatarsal at AFC Bournemouth on Monday night, he will be missing for a minimum of six weeks.

As well as loaning out a plethora of youngsters, City also sold Republic of Ireland Under-21 midfielder Jack Byrne to Town’s Sky Bet Championship rival Wigan Athletic. 

MAN CITY’S LAST LINE-UP:

GK Willy Caballero (pictured below)

DL Fernandinho
DC Aleksander Kolarov
DC John Stones
DR Bacary Sagna 

MC Yaya Toure 
MC David Silva 
MC Kevin De Bruyne

AML Leroy Sane
ST Gabriel Jesus
AMR Raheem Sterling

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MAN CITY: TEAM NEWS

Guardiola's squad was dealt a blow during the week when promising forward, Gabriel Jesus suffered a broken metatarsal in Monday night’s win at AFC Bournemouth.
 
After making a major impact during his first couple of starts for the Club, he is now set to be out of action for a minimum of six weeks, potentially reaching to upwards of three months.

German midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan is also unavailable and will be missing the rest of the season due to a knee injury which has seen him on the shelf since December.

TOWN: TEAM NEWS

On-loan Chelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer is still unavailable to David Wagner after picking up a hamstring injury against Leeds, as well as fellow midfielder Jonathan Hogg who suffered a groin problem in the victory against QPR.

Sean Scannell (ankle) is missing until March and Aaron Mooy – on loan from Man City – is ineligible to play against his parent club.
 
PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The two sides haven't faced each other for over a decade, with the last meeting taking place in 2000, which saw both teams play out a 1-1 draw in League 1.
 
1988 was the last time the teams met in FA Cup action, when they played each other on three occasions after two draws. The second replay saw Manchester City progress after a 2-0 victory.

Manchester City has the edge historically with 24 victories against Huddersfield's 22, with 28 draws taking place between them.

TICKET NEWS

Saturday's game is now SOLD OUT!


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