Manchester City will continue their defence of the FA Cup when they travel to Sheffield Wednesday later this week.
Pep Guardiola’s men secured a historic domestic treble last season and have already successfully defended their EFL Cup crown, though chances of a third successive Premier League title are seemingly out of reach now.
Wednesday, who currently sit eight points below the Championship play-off spots, are looking to cause an upset, but can the Owls dump out the defending champions?
Read on for our preview of Sheffield Wednesday vs Man City, including predictions, team news, live stream and TV coverage information.
When is Sheff Wed vs Man City and where can I watch live?
Competition: FA Cup
Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BBC One
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Last five meetings: Sheff Wed vs Man City
04 January 2015: Man City 2-1 Sheff Wed (FA Cup)
24 September 2014: Man City 7-0 Sheff Wed (EFL Cup)
16 January 2007: Man City 2-1 Sheff Wed (FA Cup)
07 January 2007: Sheff Wed 1-1 Man City (FA Cup)
27 February 2002: Man City 4-0 Sheff Wed (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Sheff Wed (LLLDL) 3-16 Man City (WWWDW)
Ones to watch
Sheff Wed: Jacob Murphy
Manchester City, despite their stature as one of English football’s leading clubs, have shown to be defensively vulnerable this season. Wednesday must capitalise on their home advantage, and getting left-winger Jacob Murphy up against whomever City play at right-back as often as possible should be part of their gameplan.
Key stat: Only Steven Fletcher (13) has scored more for Sheffield Wednesday than Jacob Murphy (five) this season.
Man City: Kevin De Bruyne
There’s probably few central midfielders playing as well as Kevin De Bruyne at the moment. The mercurial Belgian playmaker has been at the forefront of everything good City have done this season. After coming off the bench at Wembley last weekend he’s expected to start here and take the game away from Wednesday.
Key stat: Kevin De Bruyne has created the most chances (96) in the Premier League this season.
🚨 TEAM NEWS
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) March 4, 2020
Moses Odubajo, Adam Reach and Massimo Luongo have all suffered various injury problems across the past few weeks but are back in contention, though whether Garry Monk risks the returning trio remains to be seen.
Other than that, his primary decision could be whether to start leading marksman Fletcher, who has often been utilised from the bench. Connor Wickham and Josh Windass are also both pushing for starts.
Confirmed XI: Wildsmith; Palmer, Lees, Börner, Iorfa, Fox, Bannan, Hutchinson, Pelupessy, Murphy, Forestieri, Da Cruz.
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Tonight's team news is in! 🚨
XI | Bravo, Cancelo, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy, Rodrigo, D Silva (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, G Jesus, Aguero.
SUBS | Ederson, Sterling, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Foden, Garcia
— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 4, 2020
Claudio Bravo should retain his role between the sticks for Man City who are likely to hand starts for Benjamin Mendy, Nicolás Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva following their EFL Cup triumph. Aymeric Laporte (thigh) is sidelined whilst Sergio Aguero is a doubt.
Confirmed XI: Bravo; Cancelo, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, D Silva, B Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus.
Sheffield Wednesday will be up against it no matter the composition of Manchester City’s lineup. However, this being an FA Cup game — and with them playing at home — nothing is outside the realms of possibility, but we can see the defending champions running out comfortable winners.