Pep wary of Peterborough challenge

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will not be underestimating the challenge his side will face when they visit Championship strugglers Peterborough United in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday (Peterborough 33/1, Draw 12/1, Man City 1/14 – Match Result).

The Citizens will head to the Weston Homes Stadium on the back of Saturday’s controversial 1-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League, a result that saw them re-establish their six-point advantage over Liverpool at the top of the standings.

City have now won 20 of their last 23 matches across all competitions, a record that is in stark contrast to a Peterborough side that have taken just one point and scored one goal from their six Championship games since booking their place in the FA Cup fifth round.

New boss Grant McCann’s first match since returning to Posh ended in a 3-0 home defeat to his former club Hull City on Saturday, but despite the struggles within the hosts’ camp, Guardiola is expecting City to face a tough battle.

“One game, it’s a final, they (Peterborough) are not in the best position in the Championship,” Guardiola told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

“A game in their stadium. With their conditions. We have to adapt tomorrow. We will prepare well today, tomorrow to get to the (FA Cup) quarter-finals.”

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Guardiola is likely to make several changes to his line up, with the 51-year-old having already confirmed that Oleksandr Zinchenko will start, while Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus could also feature after they both returned to the bench against Everton following recent injury layoffs.

That is one of three matches taking place in the FA Cup on Tuesday, with the other two fixtures also involving Premier League sides facing Championship opposition.

At the Riverside Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur, fresh from Saturday’s convincing 4-0 league victory over Leeds United, will face a Middlesbrough team that have already disposed of Manchester United in this season’s FA Cup (Middlesbrough 9/2, Draw 3/1, Tottenham 4/6 – Match Result).

Crystal Palace will also be aiming to avoid a cup upset when they welcome Stoke City to Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace 8/15, Draw 16/5, Stoke 11/2 – Match Result).

There is also one match from the Championship to enjoy on Tuesday, and it is a big one at the bottom end of the table, as Wayne Rooney’s Derby County can move to within five points of safety if they claim a victory on the road at Cardiff City (Match Result – Cardiff EVS, Draw 9/4, Derby 10/3).

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Author: Paula Allen