Championship side Leeds United take on Man City at the Etihad Stadium.
“Win” is the only word Roberto Mancini requires when delivering his team-talk ahead of Leeds United’s visit. To find the last time any of his players enjoyed one of these in Manchester City colours you have to flick back three weeks to the previous round of this competition, on 26 January, when Stoke City were knocked out. Since then some patchy displays – plus last weekend’s 3-1 capitulation at Southampton – have allowed Manchester United to romp to a 12-point lead in the league and left the FA Cup as City’s best hope of a trophy. For the sake of his own long-term future, Mancini dare not lose this one.
Venue Etihad Stadium, Sunday 2pm
Previous meetings Man City 43 Leeds 41 Draws 17
Referee Chris Foy
This season’s matches 25 Y47, R1, 1.92 cards per game
Subs from Hart, Wright, Kolarov, Razak, Sinclair, Lescott, Nasri, Tevez, Rodwell, Guidetti, Maicon, Suárez, Rusnak
Injured Barry (ankle, 23 Feb), Kompany (calf, 23 Feb), Richards (ankle, Mar)
Form guide LDDWWW
Disciplinary record Y65 R3
Leading scorer Dzeko 13
Subs from Kenny, Warnock, Thompson, Drury, Pearce, Tonge, Norris, Payne, Morison, Habibou, Somma, Hall, Poleon
Form guide LDLWWW
Disciplinary record Y51 R2
Leading scorers Diouf, McCormack 6
• Only two wins separate these clubs after 103 competitive meetings over 89 years; Manchester City have claimed 44, Leeds 42 with 17 all square.
• Leeds have won their most recent clash, 2-1 in the Premier League in March 2004 at Elland Road.
• Leeds also hold a 3-2 lead after five ties with City in the FA Cup, which culminated in a 5-2 fourth round victory at Maine Road in January 2000.
• Manchester City, the 2011 winners, have won seven of their last eight FA Cup outings; keeping clean sheets in all seven.
• The five times winners and four times runners-up have only lost one of their last 11 FA Cup matches; that being the 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United in last season’s third round.
• City have not lost in the FA Cup to a Championship club under Roberto Mancini. Mark Hughes was at the helm when Nottingham Forest defeated them 3-0 in the third round in January 2009, in front of the home supporters.
• If Leeds are to qualify for the quarter-finals for the second time in 15 seasons and first since 2003, they will need to claim back-to-back Premier League scalps, having eliminated Tottenham in the fourth round.
• Top-flight clubs have ended the interest of the 1972 winners and three times losing finalists, in each of the last three seasons.
• The Whites’ only victory on the road in two and a half months, was against Birmingham in the FA Cup third round replay, on 15 January.
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