Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
After failing to defend their Premier League trophy, Manchester City will be fully focused on the FA Cup in the remainder of the season. The Citizens are eager to win at least one title in the 2019/20 campaign, and, no doubt, they will go all guns blazing at Newcastle United in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Even though Kun Aguero misses the game with injury, Pep Guardiola’s men are seen as hot favourites to win Sunday’s clash.
The Magpies have defeated the likes of Rochdale, Oxford United, and WBA on their way to the quarter-finals, but Man City are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. When the two teams met in the FA Cup back in 2002 Newcastle United defeated Manchester City 1-0 thanks to Nolberto Solano’s goal, meaning that the Citizens are hungry for revenge. Centre-back Fernandinho is banned, with Nicolas Otamendi likely to step up.
Highlighted Player (Yoshinori Muto):
Yoshinori Muto joined FC Tokyo youth school at the age of 16 and he remained at the club until 2010. After spending three years at Keio University, the Japanese striker returned to Tokyo in 2013 and it has to be noted that he played 51 league matches for FC Tokyo, scoring 23 goals for the club.
On 30 May, 2015 Muto signed a contract with Mainz and he has been playing for the Bundesliga outfit ever since. Muto made 20 appearances for Mainz in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, scoring seven league goals for the club. The pacey attacker made his Japan debut on 5 September, 2014 in a friendly against Uruguay. He came as a substitute after 58 minutes, replacing Yusuke Minagawa. He scored his first goal for the Samurai Blue four days later in a 2-2 draw with Venezuela.
Yoshinori Muto was born in Tokyo on 15 July, 1992. Muto is a centre forward and his side positions are left wing and attacking midfield. His market value on 22 July, 2016 was €5.5 million.
Highlighted Team (Man City):
Manchester City are the lest famous of the two major clubs based in Manchester. The club was founded in 1880, but they have been struggling in the English Premier League in the past. Nonetheless, ever since the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the Citizens have been playing an important role in the English top flight.
Manchester City won two Premier League trophies under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini (2011/2012 and 2013/2014), but both managers eventually paid the price for some disappointing results. Man City play their home games at the Etihad Stadium and the stadium capacity is 55,097.
Manchester United are regarded as Manchester City’s biggest rivals and the likes of Kun Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Uwe Rosler, Yaya Toure, Sylvain Distin are some of the most remarkable players that played for the Etihad Stadium outfit. Manchester City have won four Premier League titles and five FA Cup trophies and it has to be noted that they made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season.