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Manchester City v Rotherham United

4th January 2019, 13:57 by Bobbie Jackson

Manchester City will hope to avoid an upset as they make their 2018-19 FA Cup bow against Rotherham on Sunday.

The Citizens suffered a shock exit in round four of last season’s competition when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at League One side Wigan.

After boosting their Premier League title hopes with a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Thursday, City should be full of confidence as they welcome the Championship strugglers to the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola will once again be without Fabian Delph who serves the third and final game of a suspension.

Kevin De Bruyne was pushing for a place in the squad against Liverpool after returning to training but he may be held back to ensure he is ready for Premier League action.

Rotherham sit just outside of the bottom three in the Championship following their New Year’s Day win at home to Preston.

However, that was their first taste of victory since the start of November and they haven’t won a competitive game away from home since May 17.

The Millers will be without midfielder Ryan Manning after he was recalled by parent club QPR midway through a season-long loan.

Zak Vyner, Clark Robertson, Kyle Vassell and Darren Potter are also rated as doubts after missing the win over Preston.

Sunday’s clash will be the first meeting between these two sides since they met in the third round of the FA Cup in 1978—79.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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