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MANCHESTER CITY begin their FA Cup campaign with a trip to a Swindon Town side looking for the most unlikely of giant-killings.

Pep Guardiola’s side are flying in the Premier League and leading by 10 points and are unsurprisingly the odds-on favourites to beat a Swindon side who are fifth in English football’s bottom tier.

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Swindon Town vs Manchester City preview

Manchester City’s dominance in the Premier League will leave many fearing for the fate of Swindon Town going into Friday’s match.

The Citizens have been on a rampage since losing 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace at the end of October, winning 13 of their last 14 games in all competitions.

What will fill Swindon with even more dread is the fact they have scored 40 goals in those 14 games, as well as the incredible strength and depth of squad which Guardiola has to chose from.

The likes of Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden were missing from the starting line-up which came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates on New Year’s Day. They will want to get onto the pitch at the County Ground to stake their claim for a starting spot against Chelsea in the Premier League game game a week later.

Swindon will need all of the magic of the Cup to have any chance on Friday, especially according to the bookies who make them 14/1 to qualify.

The Robins are in the play-off positions in League Two after their first win in six league games at the weekend — a 5-2 triumph over Northampton Town — but their inconsistent form makes it hard to look past this dominant City side.

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When does Swindon Town vs Manchester City kick off?

Swindon Town vs Manchester City kicks off at 20:00 GMT at the County Ground, Swindon.

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Swindon Town vs Manchester City team news

Swindon Town team news

Harry McKirdy will be the player to watch for the Robins after getting four goals against Northampton, taking him to 10 goals for the season in all competitions.

Defender Mathieu Baudry has a hip injury and Jack Payne has been ruled out after coming off against Northampton. Lewis Ward will be in goal after Joe Wollacott was called up to Ghana’s African Cup of Nations squad.

Swindon Town predicted line-up vs Manchester City:

(4-4-2): Ward; Kesler, Odimayo, Hunt, Iandolo; Gilbert, Williams, Reed, Lyden; McKirdy, Simpson

Manchester City team news

Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko could return after isolating, while Nathan Ake could start in defence again after playing at left-back against Arsenal.

Zack Steffen will likely come in between the sticks in place of Ederson, while CJ Egan-Riley and Luke Mbete are likely to be the central defensive partnership.

Grealish was an unused sub against Arsenal and so is likely to get a start in a front three in the hope of impressing Guardiola after a lacklustre start to life at the Etihad.

Manchester City predicted line-up vs Swindon Town:

(4-3-3): Steffen; Walker, Mbete, Egan-Riley, Ake; Gundogan, Fernandinho, McAtee; Kayky, Palmer, Grealish

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