Huddersfield Town welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow afternoon in what should be an exciting tie in the FA Cup fifth round.
City travel to West Yorkshire off the back of a 0-2 victory against AFC Bournemouth on Monday night and will be hoping to continue their, thus far, excellent FA Cup form, which has seen them score a total of eight goals and concede none.
The hosts, however, are no pushovers and currently lie third in the Championship after a superb start to the season under the aegis of German manager David Wagner. The aforementioned has been linked with a move away from the Terriers this season and has had obvious comparisons drawn with compatriot manager Jurgen Klopp, with both style, nationality and former employers Dortmund the facets of similarity.
The Blues will be looking to add to their good record against Huddersfield in the FA Cup having played two and won two and can count on an almost full stregnth squad tomorrow afternoon.
Though the injury of Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Jesus is a major loss for City, talisman Sergio Aguero will no doubt come back into the fold, with Kelechi Iheanacho also an option for Guardiola. Vincent Kompany, on the bench against Bournemouth, is also an alternative at centre-back and as is midfielder Fabian Delph who will be hungry to get some minutes after a stop-start season to date. Claudio Bravo could be called upon too, after having seemingly been superceded by Willy Caballero between the sticks.
As for Wagner’s men, their absentees include Kasey Palmer, Jonathan Hogg and striker Sean Scannell, whilst Aaron Mooy is ineligible to play against City – his parent club. Christopher Schindler is a doubt but is tipped to pass a late fitness test ahead of the tie, otherwise the XI will be largely unchanged.
Though there will no doubt be rotation tomorrow, with City’s showdown vs AS Monaco on Tuesday in mind, expect the Catalan manager to field a strong XI, as he has done previous against Crystal Palace and West Ham. Town, though, should not be ruled out – with players like 10 goal Elias Kanchunga and the dangerous Nakhi Wells, they will certainly not roll over for Manchester City.
Kick Off: Saturday, 3pm
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Huddersfield: 13/2 (SkyBet)
Manchester City: 2/5 (SkyBet)