Pep Guardiola does not offer a B-Elf. With Joao Cancelo, Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, there are some top performers in the starting line-up, and Riyad Mahrez is also back after the early elimination of his Algerians at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Skyblues should therefore be warned. Especially since Fulham is the only visiting team that is currently in as good a form in English professional football as City itself. The Cottagers have not yet lost in the new year, instead they won in the House of Commons with a 7-0 in Reading and 6 :2 home wins against Bristol and Birmingham big exclamation marks.
A elimination in the sixteenth final would be a big surprise. But yesterday the other club from Manchester had to experience that this is possible: United were eliminated on penalties by FC Middlesbrough, who are also at home in the Championship. There is also extra time between sixth tier Kidderminster and West Ham and between Chelsea and third tier Plymouth.
In recent years, City have been regular guests in the FA Cup finals. In 2019, the Guardiola team prevailed in the oldest football competition in the world, swept Watford 6-0 out of Wembley Stadium. In 2020, Citizen lost 2-0 to eventual winners Arsenal in the semi-finals, and in 2021 they also lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the last four.
Good afternoon and welcome to the FA Cup Round of 16 match between Premier League leaders Manchester City and Championship leaders Fulham FC! It starts at 4 p.m. at Etihad Stadium.