Coming into this game Manchester City will be the clear favourites after being in such good form in the Fa Cup so far this season, brushing past West Ham, Crystal Place and Huddersfield in the last three rounds.
City are the top scoring team in the competition so far with a total of 12 goals scored and only 1 conceded within the 4 games that they have played.
Huddersfield earned a well-deserved replay with them after a 0-0 draw at home however after consecutive away games being drawn out of the hat for the Premier League side, they took their advantage in the home replay with a 5-1 thrashing to send them into the quarter-final. City have also won 4 out of the last 5 games in the league.
However after a dull 0-0 draw at home with Stoke they failed to close the gap on Chelsea at the top of the table.
Raheem Sterling was left out of the side that faced Stoke with David Silva and John Stones starting on the bench.
A very strange decision for Guardiola’s men however with an FA Cup quarterfinal in mind and Champions Leg clash in Monaco coming up rotation within the team is vital looking to progress in both competitions.
Middlesbrough have also had a good run in the FA Cup this season as they have won their last 3 games knocking out Sheffield Wednesday, Accrington Stanley and Oxford United to progress in the competition.
However, Karanka’s men have struggled in the league this year as they are currently sat in the bottom 3 with no wins in their last 10 league games.
As Manchester City have a tough Midweek clash against Monaco, Middlesbrough will be hoping that they will be resting star players for the clash and as they are the home team in 12.15 early kick off that having the home advantage will work in their favour.
Alvaro Negredo Middlesbrough’s top goal scorer with a total of 7 goals will be hoping to come back to haunt his former club and put his side into the semifinal giving them a trip to Wembley.
The game is the early kick off on the Saturday and is set to be a cracker with both sides set to go for it with a place at Wembley at stake.
City remain the favourites and have a very away form this season however Middlesbrough being the home side in such an early kick off makes the game a much tougher test for the blue half of Manchester.