A place in the FA Cup semi-finals will be at stake when Middlesbrough and Manchester City face each other at Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Man City coach Pep Guardiola is eager to win as many trophies as possible with the Citizens, but his men will have to prove their worth on the field. This match preview is brought to you in collaboration with FootballPredictions.com
Big fish to fry
Middlesbrough did remarkably well to make it to the FA Cup quarter-finals, but they have yet to face a Premier League side in the prestigious cup competition this term. By beating the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Accrington Stanley and Oxford United, the Boro set up a meeting with Manchester City in the last 8 and it remains to be seen if they are capable of claiming a major scalp in the FA Cup. Aitor Karanka’s men, though, do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of Saturday’s clash as they failed to find the net in previous four league fixtures. Middlesbrough obviously struggle in front of goal and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to upset Pep Guardiola’s troops at their Riverside Stadium. Experienced attacker Alvaro Negredo has lost his place in the starting XI and there is every chance January signing Rudy Gestede will lead the line for the hosts against Manchester City.
Impressive win over Huddersfield Town
As things stand now, Manchester City are unlikely to win the Premier League trophy, but they could save the season by clinching the FA Cup title. After rolling over the likes of West Ham United and Crystal Palace, Pep Guardiola’s team eliminated Championship team Huddersfield Town in the 5th round of the competition. Man City were held to a goalless draw by the Terriers at the John Smith’s Stadium, but they did well to hammer David Wagner’s troops in the replay at Emirates Stadium (5-1). The Citizens will be with one eye on the Champions League clash against Monaco when they square off against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup quarter-finals and we believe that coach Pep Guardiola could mix the squad against Aitor Karanka’s team. Manchester City are after their first FA Cup trophy since 2011 when they defeated Stoke City in the title game at Wembley Stadium. Back then Yaya Toure helped Roberto Mancini’s troops clinch the trophy and the Ivory Coast star is likely to pose a big threat for Boro defenders as well.
As we have already mentioned, Manchester City are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Middlesbrough than their previous rivals. The Boro have been struggling to find their best form of late and they are unlikely to put an end to their goalless run. The Citizens are still playing on three fronts and despite the fact that coach Pep Guardiola is likely to rest some of his first-team regulars for the Champions League game against Monaco, our football predictions are pointing towards the visitors making it to the FA Cup semis. In their last meeting at Riverside Stadium Man City recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Middlesbrough. Interested in more FA Cup and Premier League predictions of the upcoming weekend? Go and find more inside information and analytics on all games coming up here https://footballpredictions.com/footballpredictions/premierleaguepredictions/