With this tie, an opportunity for revenge after the recent disappointing loss to Chelsea in the league, coming just three days before the blockbuster meeting with Barcelona, Manuel Pellegrini faces a selection dilemma. Does he send out his strongest side in order to boost confidence and gain momentum following a couple of average results or does he keep his powder dry ahead of the eagerly-awaited Champions League encounter?
Either way, Costel Pantilimon looks set to step in for Joe Hart, as has been the case throughout the FA Cup run, whilst Micah Richards will be hoping for a start on the right of defence. Joleon Lescott has featured in every minute of both the Capital One Cup and FA Cup this season and he’ll be hoping to continue that record alongside Vincent Kompany.
Javi Garcia and Samir Nasri are both available according to the manager but it would be a surprise to see either of them start, so with Fernandinho out, James Milner could well keep his place in the centre of midfield, with Yaya Touré operating in a deeper role. Further forward, Sergio Aguero is still on the sidelines and Alvaro Negredo may well be rested for the visit of Barcelona, so Edin Dzeko is expected to lead the line on his own, with David Silva, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic probably supporting him from their attacking midfield berths.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Phil Dowd.
Prediction: MAN CITY 2 – 2 Chelsea – It’s tough to predict how either side will line up but there will be bundles of quality on show. City will no doubt have at least one eye on Wednesday’s fixture so I’m predicting a draw with goals to be scored by Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas, Samuel Eto’o and Eden Hazard.