Middlesbrough F.C. vs Manchester City F.C. - FA Cup Quarter-final Preview & Tips
FA Cup Quarter-final
Saturday, March 11, 2:15 PM
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough F.C. (18th in Premier League) have only won 3 of their previous 13 matches and they all took place against lower-league opposition in the English FA Cup.
Swansea City must have been really bad under Bob Bradley to concede 3 goals against a Middlesbrough side who are currently shot-shy and offered little in the way of attacking invention when losing at Crystal Palace and Stoke City.
Middlesbrough F.C. are into the last 8 of the FA Cup competition by default and made hard work of beating Oxford United, who knocked them back to 2-2 before Cristhian Ricardo Stuani’s winner.
Aitor Karanka (central defender) is clearly under pressure at the club, although chairman Steve Gibson is still backing the Spaniard to improve matters and it’s worth noting that nephew Ben Gibson has criticized his fellow players’ work rates rather than the manager.
Manchester City F.C. (3rd in Premier League) have a lot of matches coming up and the most important takes place in Monaco on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola will put a lot of emphasis on that match and we might expect Leroy Sane, David Silva and even Sergio Aguero to miss out here.
Manchester City F.C. produced a workmanlike performance to win at Sunderland last week and then drew a blank at home to Stoke City, with Middlesbrough F.C. likely to represent the same sort of opposition.
With all this in mind, anything can happen in this FA Cup clash and Manchester City F.C. were unable to win at Huddersfield in the last FA Cup round.
We will back Middlesbrough F.C. with a handicap as they’ll be going all out to get a positive result from this clash with Manchester City F.C.
Betting Tip: Middlesbrough F.C. +1.5 @ 7/10 with Bet365