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Manchester City vs. Port Vale Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

02 January 2020

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Saturday 4 January

Etihad Stadium – FA Cup

Manchester City vs. Port Vale Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

Manchester City turn their attentions to FA Cup action, as they look to avoid a slip up against Port Vale. It’s a no-lose situation for the visitors, who aren’t expected to do anything but lose heavily.

Past Meetings

The last time these two sides faced each other was in the old Football League Division One, with City winning 2-1 home and away in the 1999-2000 season.

Team News

Pep Guardiola is likely to make major changes to his side for the visit of John Askey’s side, with Gavin Bazunu, Eric Garcia, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Phil Foden and Tommy Doyle all in line for a rare start.

The visitors have no fresh injury worries to deal with, as strikers Tom Pope and Richard Bennett are both fit to start.

Manchester City vs. Port Vale Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

City have already conceded the Premier League title to rivals Liverpool, and Guardiola will now look to pour resources into the cup competitions.

However, with a busy January coming up, the former Barcelona boss will be confident his young stars can get a result.

Port Vale have a dream tie here, and manager Askey knows his side have nothing to lose at the Etihad.

But they head to the defending champions on the back of an unbeaten four game streak in league action, as they look to push into the League Two play-off spots.

Even with a reserve side, City should have little issue in progressing to the fourth round here, with a City to win both halves bet available at 0.35.

But it might not be the goal fest that many will be predicting, as Port Vale have conceded just three goals in their last four games.

With that in mind, a City win, with under 3.5 goals scored is available at 4.5.

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Manchester City to win 3-0 at 12.0

City will want a place in the hat for the fourth round, with no fuss, and their youngsters will be keen to take the chance to impress Guardiola for the second half of the season.

Raheem Sterling to score anytime at 0.3

England international Sterling is likely to be one of the experienced names retained by Guardiola for this game, and he is the most prolific cup scorer for City this season, with three goals in two EFL Cup games.

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