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FA Cup
FA Cup
Friday 7 January 2022
Kickoff at 20:00 GMT
The County Ground
ITV
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Everything you need to know ahead of our third-round FA Cup tie against Swindon Town...

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Cole Palmer, Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan and Zack Steffen all start for City against Swindon Town.

Making way are Riyad Mahrez, Raheem SterlingEderson and Aymeric Laporte.

With a number of senior players not fully fit, several EDS youngsters are named on the bench including Oscar Bobb and Kayky.

That said, it is still a very strong starting XI - proof of how highly City value the FA Cup.

StarTing line-ups

City: Steffen, Walker, Cancelo, Ake, Dias, Rodrigo, Gundogan (c), De Bruyne, Bernardo, Palmer, Jesus

Subs: Carson, Slicker, Laporte, Kayky, Bobb, Egan-Riley, Mbete, McAtee, Lavia

Swindon Town: Ward, Odimayo, Iandolo, Conroy (c), Gladwin, Lyden, Simpson, McKirdy, Kesler-Hayden, Hunt, Reed

Subs: Mildenhall, Crichlow, O'Brien, Williams, East, Parsons, Dabre, Cowmeadow, Grant

WHEN AND WHERE 

Our FA Cup campaign will commence at The County Ground on Friday 7 January. 

Kick-off is at 20:00 (UK), with the match available to watch live on ITV 1 in the UK and on the ITV Hub. 

Those living around the world can find out how to tune in via the global TV listings at the foot of this page.  

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MAN CITY APP COVERAGE

As always, the official Man City app offers comprehensive coverage of all the action before, during and after our match with Swindon.

Our Matchday Centre gets underway at 18:00, providing minute-by-minute text updates as well as analysis, stats, reaction and the best bits of social media.

And our City-focused show, Matchday Live, starts around one hour later, with special guests offering their expert insight on all digital platforms.

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Once the match begins, live radio commentary with Alistair Mann and Michael Brown can also be accessed on the app while those with push notifications turned on will also be alerted to both the team news and when any goals go in.

At full time, a detailed report on proceedings plus reaction from Pep Guardiola and players will be made available, as well as a comprehensive highlights package.

Those with a CITY+ subscription can also enjoy a full-match replay of all the action from midnight following the game.

MATCHDAY LIVE

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Paul Dickov will join presenter Natalie Pike in the Matchday Live studios as special guest on our Matchday Live studio.

The duo made over 300 appearances for the Club, and will cast their eye over Pep's current crop when the broadcast begins one hour ahead of kick-off.

They will return to offer their thoughts on our first half performance during the break, before a more detailed full time assessment, including reaction to Pep Guardiola's post-match interview.

Matchday Live is available on all digital platforms and offers a unique City-centric viewing experience ahead of every match.

Participation is actively encouraged, so if you want to ask Shaun or Paul a question or have your say on City's performance, send a WhatsApp message to: +447537186538.

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Rodolfo Borrell Preview

City's assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell will take charge of Friday's match at Swindon after Pep Guardiola and assistant Juanma Lillo recorded a positive test on Tuesday.

Ahead of our trip to the County Ground, he said: "(Swindon is) a team we have been able to watch several games, including their last game against Northampton that they won 5-2.

"They played great, played the ball from the back and were aggressive. We are ready for a top challenge, like any team in this competition.

"This is the oldest national competition - 150 years old I think - there is a lot of history. It creates a great atmosphere, everyone wants to make their village, town or city proud.

"There is a difference in terms of quality of players, this is obvious, but in these games everything gets very close. The FA Cup is very special.

"This is one of the titles we are most proud of achieving in the last 6 years. It’s important to do well and get into the next stage.

"It will be very close, like any other tie in this competition."

LAST TIME OUT

City started 2022 with a dramatic stoppage time victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, extending our winning run to 11 Premier League matches.

Bukayo Saka gave the hosts the lead on the half hour, but a Riyad Mahrez penalty drew Guardiola's men level early in the second 45. 

The hosts were reduced to 10 just two minutes later when Gabriel was given a second yellow and City's pressure told in added time when Rodrigo swept home on the rebound from Aymeric Laporte's initial effort on goal.

WATCH: Arsenal 1-2 City: Highlights

FORM GUIDE

City's late winner at Arsenal means we come into Friday's clash with Swindon off the back of six straight victories in all competitions.

Guardiola's men have won 14 of our last 15 matches, a run stretching back to October, with our only blemish on an otherwise perfect record a slender 2-1 defeat to RB Leipzig in our final Champions League group game.

Swindon currently sit fifth in League Two, claiming their first victory since late November with an emphatic 5-2 triumph over Northampton on New Year's Day.

The Robins booked their place in the FA Cup third round with victories over Crewe Alexandra and Walsall respectively.

PREVIOUS MEETING

Our last encounter with Swindon Town also came in the FA Cup third round, with us coming out on top in a 2-0 win at Maine Road on 5 January 2002. 

Paulo Wanchope gave us the lead in the eighth minute, before Kevin Horlock doubled our advantage just after the hour.

City would eventually be knocked out by Newcastle United in the fifth round, but would go on to secure an immediate return to the top flight under the watchful eye of Kevin Keegan.

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