After knocking out Man United, Man City will have to be on top form to knock-out high-flying Bristol City.
Man City v Bristol City - Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports
Bristol City triumphed 2-1 over Man United at Ashton Gate to set this tie up, but the two Manchester clubs have been worlds apart recently and even a growing injury list shouldn’t prevent City’s progress here. Pep’s side have been imperious at the Etihad, though the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea and even Liverpool have better home defensive records in the league, as City have won despite conceding in five of their last seven there.
In fact, Bristol City have netted 23 times in 14 road trips this season prior to facing Watford in the FA Cup, but they also don’t tend to keep too many clean sheets either home or away. Both teams have found the net in eight of their last 10 overall, and obviously coming up against this City attack we think goals should be aplenty. Indeed, the Citizens average just over three goals per game in their last 14 at home in all competitions with Over 3.5 landing in half of these.
Although Guardiola fielded a weakened side versus Wolves in an earlier round, we expect him to field some of his big guns now they’re in the semi-final. Raheem Sterling simply can’t stop scoring at the Etihad, with six goals in as many games there, and though he opened the scoring against Watford within 38 seconds, the majority of his goals have come late on. Of those six goals, the other five were second-half strikes, with four in the final 10 minutes of games. Having netted the last goal in half of those six, City’s top scorer this term represents excellent value to round off proceedings.