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Six changes for City against Wednesday

THREE CHEERS: Bernardo, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus are all smiles after Gab's late effort
City make six changes from the side that secured the Carabao Cup on Sunday.

Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo, Benjamin Mendy, Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi all return, with Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Oleks Zinchenko. Fernandinho and Phil Foden all dropping to the bench.

Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne don’t feature in tonight’s squad.

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City starting XI: Bravo, Cancelo, Mendy, Stones, Otamendi, Rodrigo, D Silva, Bernardo, Mahrez, G Jesus, Aguero

Subs: Ederson, Sterling, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Foden, Garcia

Sheffield Wednesday starting XI: Wildsmith, Palmer, Iorfa, Börner, Fox, Pelupessy, Murphy, Lee, Bannan, Da Cruz, Forestieri

Subs: Harris, Fletcher, Lees, Nuhiu, Dawson, Hunt, Urhoghide

Formation and tactics: 4-3-3

It looks a straightforward 4-3-3 this evening, with Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo the full-backs and John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in central defence.

Rodrigo will pivot the midfield trio that includes skipper David Silva and Bernardo.

Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus will flank striker Sergio Aguero.

 

City looking to continue domestic cup dominance

City will be just one game away from yet another Wembley appearance should victory be achieved over Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday.

That, in turn, would put a second season of Community Shield, Carabao Cup and FA Cup successes firmly in view.

If City can complete a domestic treble of silverware, it would be an incredible achievement and one that hasn’t been done before.

The Premier League title might not be heading back to the Etihad this season, but if every other domestic piece of silverware did, it would be another fantastic campaign for Pep Guardiola’s side.

 

Owls look to halt slide

Just two wins from their last 13 Championship games has seen Sheffield Wednesday’s play-off hopes severely dented.

During that run, the Owls were thrashed 5-0 at home by Blackburn Rovers, but they have impressed prior to that with wins away to Leeds United and Brighton in January.

They haven’t become a bad side over night and will look to prove a point against the FA Cup holders with a crowd of around 25,000 (4,500 from City) watching on.

 

Head-to-head

  • City are unbeaten in their past 11 league and cup games against Sheffield Wednesday (won 7, drawn 4), winning the last three.
  • Wednesday's most recent victory against City was 3-1 in a Premier League game at Maine Road in November 1993.
  • All four previous FA Cup ties have been won by Manchester City (two after a replay).
  • City have never lost to a Championship side under Pep Guardiola.
  • City have won their last five FA Cup games against clubs from a lower division, scoring 22 goals in the process.
  • Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 11 goals in his eight FA Cup appearances (scoring seven and assisting four), including six in his last three (five goals and one assist).
  • Bernardo Silva has four goals and four assists in his last nine FA Cup appearances.
  • The Owls last reached the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1997 and have lost five successive fifth-round ties.
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