Bristol City vs Manchester City – FA Cup Fifth Round preview, team news, probable XI and prediction

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City will take on Bristol City in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday.

Bristol come into this one on the back of a 12 game unbeaten run in all competitions and will look to cause a major upset in the Cup by defeating the favourites for the tournament in Man City.

When and at what time will Bristol City vs Manchester City kick off?

Game: Bristol City vs Manchester City

Venue: Ashton Gate

Date: February 28, 2023

Time: 20:00 UK

Where to watch Bristol City vs Manchester City in the FA Cup?

The game will be shown live in the UK on ITV 1 and STV Scotland.

The game can also be audio and video streamed on STV Player, TalkSport Radio UK, ITVX

Bristol City vs Manchester City Team News

Bristol defender Rob Atkinson is expected miss the rest of the campaign due to a cruciate ligament rupture, after Ayman Benarous suffering a similar fate earlier in the season. Kal Naismith, Kane Wilson and Tommy Conway too will miss this clash, whereas Harry Cornick and Anis Mehmeti are both cup-tied.

Manchester City could welcome back Aymeric Laporte from illness, however John Stones could miss the clash. Expect players like Stefan Ortega, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez and new signing Maximo Perrone forcing their way in.

Bristol City vs Manchester City Probable XI

Bristol City probable XI: O’Leary; Tanner, Vyner, Kalas, Pring; James, Williams; Sykes, Scott, Bell; Wells

Manchester City probable XI: Ortega; Lewis, Dias, Ake, Gomez; Silva, Phillips, Gundogan; Mahrez, Alvarez, Foden

Bristol City vs Manchester City Prediction

There is no doubt Manchester City are miles ahead against Bristol on paper in terms of the squad Pep Guardiola has at his disposal. However, fielding a totally new XI compared to the last game could see City struggle to settle in the early parts of the game.

But, there is no doubt the Cityzens will claim the win. We predict a 3-1 win for Manchester City.

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