Man City v Chelsea odds, team news from FA Cup clash in Manchester

Latest Man City v Chelsea odds and team news from their FA Cup clash in Manchester (KO 17:15).

Manchester City and Chelsea will meet for the second time in 15 days when they meet in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Relations between the two clubs, especially their respective managers, have been tense amid the “little horses” and financial fair play comments.

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Manuel Pellegrini has vowed to ignore Jose Mourinho’s mind games although not before he had offered a rebuke of his own.

However with Cup success on both clubs agendas both managers will want to focus their attentions on the matters on the field of play.

While they may not appreciate it later in the season City will be well rested ahead of the game after their clash with Sunderland due to weather concerns.

While it cost City the chance to head into the clash with a potential win after they followed up their defeat to Chelsea with a draw away to Norwich it will have given the players a much needed rest after a hectic season to date.

Chelsea meanwhile maintained their lead at the top by virtue of a hard fought point away to West Bromwich Albion.

The Blues conceded a late equaliser at the Hawthorns the dropped points made all the worse by an injury to Gary Cahill.

The former Bolton defender is a doubt with a calf injury although the loss of the centre-back is likely to be offset by the return of Captain John Terry.

Fernando Torres played the final 22 minutes of the game after a knee injury and is line to start while Andre Schurrle, Mark Schwarzer and Mohamed Salah will hope to feature.

With Champions league football looming large Mourinho, and indeed his counterpart Manuel Pellegrini, could make substantial changes.

Pellegrini will definitely be without Sergio Aguero (hamstring), midfielder Fernandinho (groin) and centre-back Matija Nastasic (knee) while Samir Nasri and Javi Garcia are unlikely to be risked after just returning to training following a spell out.

The Chilean could give starts to Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Costel Pantilmon and Jack Rodwell as he contemplates a high profile Champions league clash with Barcelona.

City have yet to beat Chelsea this season with the Londoners running out 2-1 winners in November before their recent success.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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