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Manchester City travel to Whaddon Road to take on Cheltenham, who are currently seventh in League Two, while the Citizens are rolling under Pep Guardiola of late, having closed the gap at the top of the Premier League and now able to hit the front in top spot should they win their game in hand.

A crucial 2-0 win over Aston Villa last time out sees City come into this contest high on confidence, though we can expect some significant rotation in order to manage their hectic schedule. The Robins are unbeaten in five and will hope to pull off a historic upset here.

City were hit with the devastating news that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for at least a month after picking up a hamstring injury, with Guardiola refusing to hide the impact of the loss: “The doctor said we’ll review the scan today which we’ve done and it will be between four and six weeks out. It is [a big blow] but we have to move forward. I’m not saying anything nobody knows about how important he is, but unfortunately for us he has to be out for an important part of the season and we have to find a solution. Everyone in their own lives is struggling in the situation we are living and we have to adapt.” 

Follow all the live updates from this classic giant vs minnow fourth round tie, but first follow all the updates from the rest of the 3pm kick-offs:

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Cheltenham 0 – 0 Man City

9 mins: Alfie May is played into the left side of the box and his cross is blocked by Taylor Harwood-Bellis. The ball comes out to Chris Clements who’s fouled by Gabriel Jesus. The free kick comes into the box, it’s headed into the middle and there’s an appeal for handball that doesn’t come Cheltenham’s way and City clear the ball. 

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:38

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Cheltenham 0 – 0 Man City

6 mins: Phil Foden attempts to release Benjamin Mendy in behind the lines but his through pass is a touch too heavy and the ball rolls out of play before the City left-back can catch it. 

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:36

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Cheltenham 0 – 0 Man City

4 mins: Matty Blair gets forward on the right wing and squares the ball into the middle. Alfie May tries to get on the end of the pass but overruns it and slides into the advertising boards. That one has hurt him but he’ll continue. 

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:34

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Cheltenham 0 – 0 Man City

2 mins: Almost a perfect start for Man City. Mahrez flicks the ball over the top. It bounces for Gabriel Jesus to tries to tap it over the goalkeeper but Josh Griffiths gets a hand to the ball and pushes it wide. 

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:32

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Cheltenham 0 – 0 Man City

Kick off: Man City kick off the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides. 

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:30

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Cheltenham are looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round for just the second time in their history, previously doing so in the 2001/02 campaign.

Man City have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup in each of the last five campaigns, last losing at this stage of the competition against Middlesbrough in 2015.

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:27

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Since losing against Wigan 0-1 in February 2018, Man City have won their last seven FA Cup games against sides from a lower division by an aggregate score of 26-4.

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:24

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This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Cheltenham and Manchester City. The Robins have lost all eight of their League Cup/FA Cup meetings with Premier League opponents.

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:18

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League Two’s Cheltenham sit 72 places below Manchester City in the Football League and Robins boss Michael Duff expects their opponents to have a bit of a culture shock when they arrive at Cheltenham. He said: 


They’ll be getting changed in a bar,

“We’ll make it as hospitable as we can and the one thing they will like is the pitch. You are not going to get a Ronnie Radford scene where it’s a ploughed field.

“They will be able to play on it – we won’t be training on it to make it as bad as possible. We do pride ourselves on playing good football, we are not going to ruin the pitch for this one-off.”

Michael Jones23 January 2021 17:03

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20 goals over the six 3pm kick offs in the FA Cup. What a day. The Premier League teams are progressed as did Barnsley, Bristol City and Swansea. Up next Cheltenham Town host Manchester City. Kick off is 30 minutes away. 

Michael Jones23 January 2021 16:59



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