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Matheus Nunes and Oscar Bobb start, a change at goalkeeper – Predicted XI: Luton Town vs Manchester City (FA Cup Fifth Round)



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Manchester City turn their attentions to the FA Cup on Tuesday night, as they travel to Luton Town for their all-important fifth round tie in the competition.

The action continues to come thick and fast for the Premier League champions, with the gruelling schedule not easing by any means, with Rob Edwards’ Luton the latest challenge in their quest to retain all of the silverware they hold.

It was success on the road last time out, as the blues travelled to the south coast to face Bournemouth in the Premier League, defeating the cherries 0-1 courtesy of a first-half strike by Phil Foden.

Pep Guardiola has been particularly critical of the schedule ahead of this tie, with the Catalan coach claiming that his side could not even celebrate after their victory at Bournemouth because they were so tired.

With the Manchester derby approaching this Sunday afternoon, some rotation might be in order for this one, with one eye on the weekend as the blues continue their chase on the tails of league leaders Liverpool.

The current FA Cup holders will not have a fully-fit squad for this one, but Pep Guardiola has confirmed pre-match that current absentees Josko Gvardiol and Jack Grealish are much better, with the former “training without much pain” and Grealish described as “good.”

Despite the injuries and fatigue the away side will be favourites for this one. With that being said, here is the line-up we predict to start the match as Manchester City travel to Kenilworth road to face Luton Town in the FA Cup on Tuesday night!

Predicted XI

Ederson became the outright record clean sheet holder for the club following his performance at Bournemouth on Saturday evening, but we expect Stefan Ortega Moreno to start this one in his place.

Kyle Walker was given a rest at the weekend in the meeting with Bournemouth, while Manuel Akanji stepped in at right-back, but we expect the Englishman to return to the fray on Tuesday night.

John Stones was all over the pitch on Saturday evening in very typical fashion, and we expect him to continue his partnership with Ruben Dias for this one, with the pair starting in central defence.

Manuel Akanji seems to have found his place as a full-back in the Manchester City team as of late, and we expect the Switzerland international to start for this one, giving rest to Nathan Ake.

Rodrigo is unlikely to be given a rest just yet.

Bernardo Silva started on the right of the front three on Saturday evening, but we expect him to return to the centre of midfield for this one, partnering compatriot Matheus Nunes for Manchester City.

We expect Julian Alvarez to return to the side after starting on the bench at the weekend, starting on the right of attack.

Erling Haaland cut a frustrated figure on Saturday evening after having a couple of missed chances, but it shouldn’t infer with the confidence of the Norwegian, who should start again for this one.

We expect Phil Foden to be given a rare rest for this one, with Oscar Bobb taking his place after committing his future to the club by signing a five-year contract extension on Monday.

Predicted XI: Ortega Moreno; Walker, Dias, Stones, Akanji; Rodrigo, Bernardo, Nunes; Alvarez, Haaland, Bobb.

Substitutes: Ederson, Lewis, Ake, Gomez, Kovacic, De Bruyne, Foden, Doku, Grealish.