Kick Off: 1215, 11/03/2017
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
TV: BT Sport 2
Middlesbrough have come out on top in four of their last five FA Cup encounters with Manchester City and will be hoping to continue that hoodoo at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Boro upset the Blues with a 2-0 win at Etihad Stadium a couple of years ago and also knocked City out of this competition in 1997, 1992 and way back in 1972.
A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds
Middlesbrough have made it to the quarter-finals without having to leave Teesside, beating Sheffield Wednesday, Accrington and Oxford on home turf to provide some welcome relief from their Premier League relegation battle.
Aitor Karanka’s side have gone 10 top-flight fixtures without a win, with just three goals scored in those games, and they drew a blank for the fourth straight time in the league when losing 2-0 at Stoke last weekend.
It has been a tough time for Boro fans but they will take heart from a 1-1 draw against City at Etihad Stadium back in early November, when they finished strongly and earned a well-deserved point through Marten de Roon’s injury-time header.
A good head-to-head record is always a big plus-point and the first of our Middlesbrough v Man City betting tips is 9/5 for the hosts to avoid defeat.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Manchester City’s attacking juggernaut stalled when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Stoke on Wednesday night, with the Blues unable to produce the same free-flowing football that helped them net 12 times in previous wins over Monaco, Huddersfield and Sunderland.
The Blues began this competition with two hugely-impressive wins at West Ham and Crystal Palace, scoring eight goals without reply, but they did require a replay to see off Huddersfield after a goalless stalemate at John Smith’s Stadium.
That initial tussle with the Terriers came before a midweek Champions League match and Pep Guardiola may again shuffle his pack here, with one eye on Wednesday’s return clash with Monaco in the south of France.
With Boro struggling to score and City slightly distracted, we like Evens for under 2.5 goals in this game.
Stoke 2-0 MIDDLESBROUGH
MAN CITY 0-0 Stoke
Head-to-head: Man City 1-1 Middlesbrough, Man City 0-2 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 0-1 Man City, Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 2-0 Man City