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How Man City could line up against Swansea in the FA Cup

Pep Guardiola's side are still on course for a quadruple, but face a tricky task to progress against the in-form Championship side

 
11:40am on Tuesday 9th February 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Man City will be looking to keep their quadruple hopes alive and continue their stellar recent form when they take on Swansea in the FA Cup this week.

Pep Guardiola's side are already in the League Cup final, while they have progressed in the Champions League and currently lead the Premier League.

The match versus Championship side Swansea comes at a time when City are looking irresistible.

Since the draw against West Brom in the middle of December, the Premier League leaders have won 14 matches in a row in all competitions.

At the weekend, they secured a statement victory against Liverpool, humbling the defending league champions with a 4-1 away win.

Though Guardiola will be keen to keep momentum going with progression in the FA Cup, there will be changes made as he keeps his stars fresh to fight on four fronts.

Zack Steffen will likely be given a start in goal with Ederson dropping to the bench, while Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Benjamin Mendy, and Kyle Walker should return to the starting XI.

Walker missed the game against Liverpool with injury, but is believed to be fit enough to feature in the cup.

Fernandinho is a certain starter in midfield which will likely mean a rest for Ilkay Gundogan or Rodri, probably the latter.

Phil Foden is almost undroppable at the moment so he will probably start to the left of Gabriel Jesus, with Ferran Torres coming in to replace Raheem Sterling.

Sergio Aguero is back in training after his coronavirus isolation but is likely not match fit, though he could make an appearance from the bench.

Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne are continued absentees.

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