Manchester City vs Middlesbrough Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Manchester City vs Middlesbrough | Saturday 24 January, 2015 | Etihad Stadium | 15.00
Middlesbrough are chasing a promotion from the Championship right now and have already proven themselves a formidable side against Liverpool in the League Cup, but will Manchester City prove too much for them in the FA Cup fourth round?
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has promised a good fight when they travel to Manchester on Saturday. The Championship side are currently second in the table, just one point behind Bournemouth, and are looking to return to the top flight next year after a 6 year gap.
Karanka’s men have already shown they’re not afraid of taking on a top tier side, pushing Liverpool to penalties in the League Cup third round at Anfield in September, although the tie ended in Liverpool’s favour after a massive 30-penalty shootout.
City were pushed to their limits by another Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday, in the last round of the FA Cup, coming from behind to win 2-1.
“There’s a big difference between us and Manchester City but football is football,” said Karanka.
“I know it’s going to be a difficult game but we’re preparing to fight face-to-face with them in the same way that we did against Liverpool.”
Manuel Pellegrini is likely to rest Joe Hart in the Cup this weekend as he has done in previous cup ties, with Willy Caballero taking his place in goal.
Caballero is adamant that City can reach the finals at Wembley after the side lost to Newcastle in the League Cup fourth round, but he knows that they mustn’t underestimate their lower-league rivals on Saturday.
“Every trophy is important to us and we know that, if we can beat Middlesbrough on Saturday, we will already be in the last 16 of the FA Cup,” he commented.
“This is a trophy we have done very well in over the past three or four years, winning the cup, reaching the final and making the quarter-finals in the past four years.
“We know we made hard work of the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the previous round and that Middlesbrough are playing very well at the moment.
“Sheffield Wednesday played very well and worked hard to make it a difficult match for us. We expect nothing less from Middlesbrough and, with thousands of travelling fans behind one goal, it makes for a great atmosphere and also a break from the pressure of the Premier League for us.”
City remain without midfielder Samir Nasri who is out with a calf problem, while Frank Lampard is ruled out after picking up a hip injury in a midweek friendly against Hamburg.
Ryna Fredericks, Rhys Williams, Damia Abella and Muzzy Carayol are all ruled out for Middlesbrough.
Manchester City vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips
With City the clear favourites in this clash an Middlesbrough not looking quite up to causing an upset at the Etihad, your best bet will be a Man City victory with both sides to score, priced at 9/5 with Betway.
Sergio Aguero is a safe bet for first goal at 13/5, while Middlesbrough’s Jelle Vossen looks good to score during the 90 minutes at 3/1, both with William Hill.