Cheltenham Town v Manchester City Live Commentary & Result, 23/01/2021, FA Cup

1′ We are underway in this FA Cup clash!

Kick-off is moments away as the two teams make their way onto the pitch at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

This FA Cup clash is the first-ever competitive meeting between the two teams. The Robins do not have a good record against top-flight opponents though, having lost all eight of their League Cup or FA Cup ties to top-flight clubs.

Cheltenham boss Michael Duff makes two changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Newport County on Tuesday. Ellis Chapman and Chris Hussey drop out, with Lewis Freestone and Chris Clements coming into the side. Guardiola makes ten alterations to the team that beat Aston Villa in midweek, with Foden the only one to retain his place. Steffen starts in goal, while teenagers Harwood-Bellis and Doyle get the chance to impress.

SUBS: Rodrigo, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ederson, Ruben Dias, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Adrian Bernabe,Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo.

MAN CITY (4-3-3): Zack Steffen; Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy; Ferran Torres, Fernandinho, Tommy Doyle; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.

SUBS: Dan Bowry, Scott Flinders, Andy Williams, Alex Addai, Max Harris, Sean Long, Callum Ebanks.

CHELTENHAM (3-5-2): Joshua Griffiths; Charlie Raglan, Ben Tozer, William Boyle; Matty Blair, Finn Azaz, Conor Thomas, Chris Clements, Lewis Freestone; Alfie May, George Lloyd.

Cheltenham sit sixth in League Two ahead of kick-off, while City are second in the Premier League table. Cheltenham are unbeaten in five in all competitions, while City last lost a match in November, with Tottenham getting the better of them on that occasion. 

Cheltenham beat Mansfield Town in extra-time to reach the fourth round, while Pep Guardiola’s men cruised past Birmingham City 3-0. The winners of this battle will take on Swansea City after their victory over Nottingham Forest earlier this afternoon.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the FA Cup clash between League Two outfit Cheltenham Town and Premier League giants Manchester City. The home side will be hoping to pull off the biggest shock in the competition so far this season, but they will need City to have a rare off night if they are to reach the fifth round.

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