Manchester City vs Huddersfield
Competition: Fa Cup
Date: 01 March 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
There is only one replay coming out of the fifth round of the FA Cup, but it is a surprising one as one of the top teams in the Premier League, Manchester City, now have to welcome Huddersfield from the Championship to the Etihad Stadium after a really disappointing first leg.
Manchester City have been making their lives very difficult of late. It is clear their focus is in the Premier League as they continue to ebb and flow there with pep Guardiola clearly looking for some consistency, but the cup competitions cannot be ignored. City are currently in third in the League as they have put together three consecutive wins and look to be back on course and playing well. They have also put a good first leg lead over their rival in the Champions League, leading Monaco 5-3 after an extraordinary game. Now however, the bright lights and big stages of those competitions need to be put on the back burner for some good old fashioned FA Cup football where the play is tough and the results do not always go your way.
For Huddersfield, they would have been overjoyed to walk away from their first leg encounter with the City boys with a draw, keeping them alive for a potential upset. The FA Cup is always a competition to reward the underdogs, and after making it to the fifth round, there can be no doubting that Huddersfield are here to play and deserve their spot. They have beaten Rochdale and Port Vale 4-0 in the fourth and third rounds respectively and the 0-0 draw against City would have really made them believe that there are few teams that can outside and impose upon them.
Manchester City vs Huddersfield: First leg encounter
It really was a grit game when these two met, with no goals being scored, a lot of praise must go to Huddersfield for keeping the free scoring City out of their goal. Possession stats, as well as the shot on goal were very different, but Hudderfield did enough to earn this replay.
Manchester City vs Huddersfield: Prediction
It will be a very different case at home for Manchester City. Huddersfield could well be overawed by the occasion and the presence of the stadium, and they will also know that City will not be underestimating them this time. Manchester City have a lot to prove in this match and do not need an exit from a team rated much lower than them to slow their progress and affect them mentally in preparation for the rest of the season.
Manchester City vs Huddersfield: Tips
There will be goals in this one, there just has to be, and unfortunately for the underdogs, it will probably be against them. Back City to play a few key players and to score three goals at least.