Cheltenham vs Manchester City Betting Tips
Premier League club Manchester City visit League Two Cheltenham on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round. Pep Guardiola’s side received another favourable draw in the competition having defeated Birmingham City in the third round, 3-0. Manchester City go to Cheltenham on the back of a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Thirteen of those matches ended in wins for the Cityzens, including a midweek Premier League match versus Aston Villa. The Cityzens won 2-0, pulling away late in the game.
Manchester City are both the favourite to win the FA Cup and the Premier League according to leading sportsbooks. They are also competing in the Carabao Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur later this season.
League Two Cheltenham will know Manchester City’s reputation, but will hope they can play the game of a lifetime this weekend. Michael Duff’s team are in the playoff places in League Two. They have nothing to lose on Saturday and will aim to take the game right at Manchester City. The gulf in class will be large, however.
Cheltenham are out of form going into the match. They are winless in nine straight matches in all competitions. Five straight Cheltenham matches ended in draws including their FA Cup third round game against Mansfield Town. Can they shock the Premier League giants?
Cheltenham vs Manchester City Betting Odds
The FA Cup was made for matches like Saturday’s game between Cheltenham and Manchester City. The Cityzens are giants of the modern game. They are heavy favourite to win at full-time. Sportsbooks have Manchester City at odds of 1/10 to claim a win at full-time versus Cheltenham. Manchester City are on a nine-match winning streak in all competitions. They have posted a 9W-4D-1L record with 23 goals scored and seven conceded away from home.
Cheltenham are heavy underdogs at odds of 22/1 to claim a win at the end of full-time. They had to go through the first and second rounds of the FA Cup just to reach this game against the Premier League side. Cheltenham defeated South Shields in the FA Cup first round and followed it up with a victory over Crewe Alexandra in the second round. A 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town in the third round saw the Cheltenham win thanks to a goal in extra-time by William Boyle.
Manchester City are favourite to win the cup and Premier League. They have a game in hand in the Premier League over their city rival. Guardiola will play his strongest team on Saturday regardless of the fixtures upcoming versus Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the league.
Cheltenham vs Manchester City Team News
Guardiola received two rotten pieces of news this week in terms of player fitness news. The first involves Sergio Aguero, who is now ruled out for the next 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. The striker was already self-isolating due to coming in contact with someone that tested positive for the virus. He is now showing signs of the virus and is unavailable.
Adding to Guardiola's personnel problems is the latest report regarding Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian midfielder has been ruled out for the next six to eight weeks with a hamstring strain. The injury could keep him out of Manchester City’s matches versus Liverpool, Tottenham, and the upcoming Champions League fixtures. Although Manchester City have been winning matches, they have not been scoring goals with the oomph of seasons past. De Bruyne and Aguero’s absences could damage their prospective goal scoring.
Centre-backs Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte are still doubts for Guardiola. The defensive duo is nursing injuries which means John Stones and Ruben Dias will most likely start in defence. However, Eric Garcia could be selected to play this weekend instead. Full-back Kyle Walker could also miss the match. He is recovering from a groin strain.
Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, and Raheem Sterling could get the start in attack for Manchester City. However, with Manchester City likely to win, Guardiola could give Riyad Mahrez and/or Ferran Torres starts.
Cheltenham vs Manchester City Prediction
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It won’t take long to see the gulf in class on Saturday when Manchester City take to the pitch versus Cheltenham. Had fans been allowed into the venue, then Cheltenham would potentially have had a chance at a win. However, with fans banned due to COVID-19, Manchester City should have no issues winning against an out of form League Two team. Manchester City’s last five matches in all competitions ended with both teams not scoring goals.
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Bernardo Silva hasn’t had the playing opportunities this season as he has in years past under Guardiola. He has still appeared in 21 matches in all competitions scoring three goals. Two of those goals came in the Cityzens’ FA Cup third round win against Birmingham City. Guardiola could start the Portuguese player once more this weekend in attack.
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How many goals will Manchester City score against a League Two team? Manchester City should run away with this match and claim a win in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday. There is a gulf in class between these two teams and it will be apparent shortly after kick off.
Four of Manchester City’s last eight matches in all competitions ended with over 2.5 goals scored. That includes their FA Cup third round match versus Championship club Birmingham City. Three of Cheltenham’s last 11 matches in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. They have not played a strong squad like Manchester City this term.
The Cityzens are favourite to win the FA Cup for a reason. They should get through Cheltenham with ease to set up a more difficult match against another side in the fifth round. Guardiola’s side have too major fitness issues but it shouldn’t affect the team’s performance against the League Two side.
Cheltenham vs Manchester City Tips
Here are our Cheltenham vs Manchester City tips, for Saturday's FA Cup Fouth Round tie at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
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