PREVIEW: City vs Leeds

Sunday 17 February 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Kick-off 14:00

The FA Cup with Budweiser – Fifth Round Proper

Tickets: Sold Out

Last Season: N/a Previous Meetings: Man City 43 Leeds 41 Draws 17

Prize Money: £180,000 of the FA’s Prize Fund

Referee: Mark Clattenburgh

Team News:

CITY – Barry, Kompany and Richards are all doubts for the game with Leeds.

City (from) – Hart, Wright, Kolarov, Razak, Sinclair, Lescott, Nasri, Tevez, Rodwell, Guidetti, Maicon, Suárez, Rusnak, Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Nastasic, Clichy, Zabaleta, Yaya Toure, Garcia, Aguero, Silva, Milner, Dzeko

LEEDS – No new injury concerns ahead of the match

Leeds (from) – Kenny, Warnock, Thompson, Drury, Pearce, Tonge, Norris, Payne, Morison, Habibou, Somma, Hall, Poleon, Ashdown, Lees, Peltier, Byram, White, Brown, Austin, Green, Varney, McCormack, Diouf

Stats:

Only two wins separate these clubs after 103 competitive meetings over 89 years; Manchester City have claimed 44, Leeds 42 with 17 all square.

Leeds have won their most recent clash, 2-1 in the Premier League in March 2004 at Elland Road.

Leeds also hold a 3-2 lead after five ties with City in the FA Cup, which culminated in a 5-2 fourth round victory at Maine Road in January 2000.

Manchester City, the 2011 winners, have won seven of their last eight FA Cup outings; keeping clean sheets in all seven.

The five times winners and four times runners-up have only lost one of their last 11 FA Cup matches; that being the 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United in last season’s third round.

City have not lost in the FA Cup to a Championship club under Roberto Mancini. Mark Hughes was at the helm when Nottingham Forest defeated them 3-0 in the third round in January 2009, in front of the home supporters.

Stats courtesy of BBC Football

Press Conference:

During his press conference, Roberto Mancini responded to the ludicrous suggestion from Danny Mills that he could be sacked if City lose the fifth round tie. You can see those comments via the video below. He also said:

In the FA Cup, every game is difficult. This is another way to do better in the last three months. It is possible to play in the final.

Neil Warnock, the Leeds manager, also faced the press ahead of the match.

I don’t think many people are going to put any money on us. But the FA Cup is such isn’t it? It’s such a great competition. It would be a major upset if we went there and won, but we’re looking forward to it. I don’t think many people, when the team sheets came out, gave us much chance against Tottenham or Everton, but it’s a little bit more difficult with it being at the Etihad as well.

Read all the pre match talk ahead of the game in the Preview In Quotes Part 1 and Part 2.

Fixtures:

Other FA Cup 5th Round games

Sat 16 Feb 2013

Luton v Millwall
Arsenal v Blackburn
MK Dons v Barnsley
Oldham v Everton 18:00

Sun 17 Feb 2013

Chelsea v Brentford 12:00 (4th round)
Man City v Leeds United 14:00
Huddersfield v Wigan 15:55

Mon 18 Feb 2013

Man Utd v Reading 20:00

Wed 27 Feb 2013

Middlesbrough v Brentford/Chelsea 19:45

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