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Predicted Man City team vs Birmingham City

Manchester City take on Championship strugglers Birmingham City in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, with Pep Guardiola no doubt hoping to secure his second FA Cup trophy after winning it for the first time in the 2018/19 season.

It seems likely that the Spanish manager will make plenty of changes ahead of the game at the Etihad, despite his side impressing in the 2-0 win against Manchester United last time out.

The Citizens are still short of first-team players after an outbreak of the virus, as well as injury problems, but they can welcome back the likes of Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and Ederson after their self-isolation periods ended.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects Guardiola to line his side up against Aitor Karanka’s side, with seven changes from the starting team that won at Old Trafford in midweek…

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Despite Ederson reportedly being back for this game, Guardiola should keep faith in Zack Steffen for this fixture as he has done a solid job in each of the last two fixtures.

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There are three changes in defence, as Walker returns at right-back in place of Joao Cancelo, whilst Benjamin Mendy replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back.

Ruben Dias is rested, giving young 6 ft 2 defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis the opportunity to start alongside the in-form John Stones at the back – it would be his first start since September.

Rodri returns in midfield despite Fernandinho’s impressive performance at Old Trafford, starting alongside Ilkay Gundogan, who is undroppable after recent performances.

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez are both rested, which allows Bernardo Silva to start on the wing, whilst Sergio Aguero is handed a start up front, although he could drop into the space normally occupied by De Bruyne.

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Jesus starts up front with the Argentinian and he will be hoping to improve on his poor goal tally so far this season by finding the back of the net against Birmingham on Sunday.

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