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Boro v Man City: Team news and tactics

START: Raheem Sterling

START: Raheem Sterling

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola made five changes to his line-up for the FA Cup quarter-final clash with Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

David Silva, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Pablo Zabaleta and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo returned to the starting XI as the Blues aim to book a place at Wembley.

Team

City XI: Bravo, Zabaleta (C), Sterling, Agüero , De Bruyne,  Sané, Silva, Clichy, Stones, Otamendi, Toure

Subs: Caballero, Fernando, Nolito, Kolarov, Delph, Fernandinho, Iheanacho

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Tactics

Bravo, Zabaleta and Stones should come in as direct replacements for Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna and Aleks Kolarov respectively at the back.

In midfield, Fernandinho dropping to the bench means Yaya Toure is likely to assume the holding midfield role.

With winger Raheem Sterling restored to the side, he should take up duties on the right flank, opposite Leroy Sane on the other side, but they could well switch depending on the pattern of play.

Creative midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne will be charged with providing striker Sergio Aguero with the ammunition up front.

Boro: Guzan, Barragan, Bernardo, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, Leadbitter, De Roon, Stuani, Traore, Gestede

Subs: Valdes, Husband, Fry, Forshaw, Fischer, Ramirez, Negredo

Media Watch

Leroy Sane on the FA Cup and teasing ‘uncle’ Yaya

AWWYEAH: Yaya Toure is mobbed by Leroy Sane, and flashes a cheeky smile to the City fans!

Leroy Sane is quickly becoming a fans’ favourite at Man City, and he’s hit the headlines again.

The German winger is in red-hot form for the Blues and in an interview with BBC’s Football Focus, he’s been discussing how he has settled in – and his teasing of Yaya Toure!

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Middlesbrough v Man City: Talking points

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A Wembley appearance is the prize for the victor when Manchester City face Middlesbrough in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final, but what subplots are also on the pre-match agenda?

Raheem Sterling, stubborn Boro and new competition rule all feature in our considerations.

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