You have to feel for Man City, who will have no more than three days to bask in the euphoria of historic back-to-back-to-back Carabao Cup wins before a trip to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

After a too-close-for-comfort 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley, Pep Guardiola’s side cannot afford to take their foot off the gas as their quest for glory in England’s more prominent domestic cup resumes.


Garry Monk’s side - having plummeted from playoff contention around Christmas to 12th place in the Championship and the perils of a possible point deduction - might be somewhat more welcoming of this distraction.


With Monk under much scrutiny having won just twice in the league since the new year, and the dealings of owner Dejphon Chansiri in the spotlight, a continuation of the Owls’ spirited cup run could be just what the doctor ordered.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?​Wednesday 4 March
What Time Is Kick Off?​19:45 (GMT)
Where Is It Played?​Hillsborough
TV Channel/Live Stream?​BBC One/ BBC iPlayer
Referee?​Michael Oliver

Team News

Aymeric Laporte remains sidelined after picking up a hamstring injury against Real Madrid which will keep him out for a few weeks. Sergio Agüero​ is also unlikely to play a part for City after picking up a small knock to the knee against Villa, while this match come slightly too soon for Leroy Sané, despite him recently featuring for City's Under-23s, as he recovers from last year's ACL injury.

Leroy Sane,Trae Coyle

Steven Fletcher returned to the Owls' side in their 3-1 loss to Derby at the weekend after picking up a knee injury in January, while the injured trio of Massimo Luongo, Moses Odubajo and Adam Reach are set to come back to training this week.


Predicted Lineups

Sheffield Wednesday​Dawson; Fox, Börner, Iorfa, Palmer; Harris, Bannan, Pelupessy, Lee, Murphy; Nuhiu
Man City​Bravo; Tasende, Stones, García, Cancelo; Rodri, B. Silva; Mahrez, D. Silva, Foden; Jesus


Head-to-Head Record

While Sheffield Wednesday hold the advantage in all-time meetings between the two clubs, with 43 wins to City's 36, contests between the sides have unsurprisingly gone City's way in recent years, most notably in the Cityzens' 7-0 EFL Cup annihilation of Wednesday in 2014, in which all seven goals were scored in the second half.

​​The two clubs have not met each other in the league since 2002, with Shaun Goater and Darren Huckerby among the goals for the Sky Blues in a 4-0 win. City also defeated the Owls in the semi-final on the way to their first major trophy, the 1904 FA Cup.


Recent Form

​Sheffield Wednesday's recent form is, to put it kindly, not ideal, with just four points taken from a possible 15, all of which were against teams in the bottom half of the Championship table. 

Kieran Lee

A sensational 2-0 away defeat of then league leaders ​Leeds in January had fans dreaming of Wembley as the Owls moved into the final playoff spot, but since then Monk's side have completely collapsed and relegation even looks a vague possibility


City's frustrating 2-0 defeat at ​Spurs looked a worrying sign of things to come with a two-legged tie against ​Real Madrid yet to be played.


However, since Oleksandr Zinchenko's sending off in north London, Guardiola's side have looked solid, grinding out an impressive away win against Leicester, delivering a magnificent sucker punch to Zinedine Zidane's side at the Bernabéu and even scooping up an EFL Cup along the way.


Sheffield WednesdayMan City
Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Derby County (29/02)Aston Villa 1-2 Man City ​(01/03)
​Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Charlton (26/02)​Real Madrid 1-2 Man City (26/02)
Birmingham 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday ​(22/02)Leicester City 0-1 Man City ​(22/02)
Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Reading (15/02)Man City 2-0 West Ham(19/02)
​Luton Town 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday (12/02)Tottenham 2-0 Man City (02/02)


Prediction

Sheffield Wednesday have used the FA Cup as a much-needed break from their shambolic league campaign, but there is only so long you can hide from the inevitable, especially with the attacking force of the Cityzens in town.

​​City might not have too much left in their legs after ​Villa gave them a testing afternoon at Wembley, so expect a sound away win rather than a ​cricket score.


Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Man City