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Peterborough vs Manchester City in the FA Cup on Mar 1. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Peterborough vs Manchester City in the FA Cup on Mar 1. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

We’re into the fifth round proper of this season’s FA Cup as 2019 winners Manchester City take on Championship strugglers Peterborough.

It’s a Tuesday evening cup tie under the floodlights in Cambridgeshire, with the hosts looking to make the quarter-finals for the first time since 1965.

Manchester City have a better recent record but haven’t been as dominant in this historic competition as most would assume.

The Citizens have lifted the big-eared trophy just twice in the last 52 editions, with Pep Guardiola too busy ticking off Premier League and EFL Cup titles – just don’t mention the Champions League!

Posh will be up for the cup on Tuesday night, and so are we, hoping to land a similarly sizeable result with our expert betting tips

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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Manchester City to win both halves

If it wasn’t Peterborough in the opposite corner to Manchester City on Tuesday, then there would be a fairly decent argument to suggest that a Championship side could give Pep’s boys a run for their money.

But Peterborough aren’t in the form to dish up a major upset.

They’ve won five of their 32 league games this campaign and have lost both halves on eight occasions.

Survival is their priority and without a manager to steady the ship, a City rollover is expected at London Road.

Most popular sports betting sites have Manchester City to win both halves at a decent price of Evens (Sportnation)

Peterborough Form, squad news, opinion

Peterborough, who recently sacked manager Darren Ferguson – son of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson - are currently struggling at the foot of the Championship.

Posh sit in 23rd, languishing behind Derby County, who started the season 21 points below them…

It was always going to be an uphill climb for Peterborough this season following their second-place promotion from League One last campaign.

Their biggest issue has been in defence – they’ve conceded 61 goals in 31 Championship matches (second highest) and scored just 23 (second fewest).

Their FA Cup run has acted as a ray of light this season, with wins over Bristol Rovers and QPR handing them the toughest tie of all at London Road.

Jonson Clarke-Harris continues to lead the line for Peterborough and is as likely as any Posh player to find the net.

Manchester City Form, squad news, opinion

Pep Guardiola is reaching that time in the season where he has to prioritise competitions.

Manchester City are going swimmingly in the Premier League and Champions League, so Tuesday night’s cup tie under the lights should prove the optimum opportunity for some squad rotation.

They fielded a strong but rotated eleven in their last FA Cup tie against Fulham, and we’d expect something similar on Tuesday night with the likes of Nathan Ake, Zack Steffan, Fernandinho and Oleksandr Zinchenko likely to come in for those rested ahead of the Manchester derby just five days later.

City are unbeaten in their last 16 domestic away days, only dropping European defeats to PSG and RB Leipzig over this period.

The visitors have won both of their FA Cup ties 4-1 this season.

History

Peterborough have never won the FA Cup across their 88 years; a quarter-final run in 1965 is the deepest that thy have gone in the competition.

Whereas Manchester City’s history in the Cup has been quite the opposite.

The Citizens have had their hands on the FA Cup six times, their first coming way back in 1904 and last as recent as 2019.

These two sides met in the fifth round of the FA Cup in 1981, with City grabbing a 1-0 away win and breaking hearts on Valentine’s Day.

Tommy Booth proved the difference 41 years ago and there will be plenty of players on each side looking to add to his history on Tuesday.

About the Venue

London Road – known as the West Homes Stadium – was built in 1913 and has a capacity of 15,314.

The stadium is in Fletton, which is an area in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Conclusion

Peterborough have bigger concerns this season than trying to cling onto the coattails of Manchester City.

City’s second string are still capable of winning trophies and even if Pep rotates heavily, we are expecting a comfortable evening on the road for the Premier League champions.

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