Will Manchester City’s remarkable recent FA Cup record continue?
The Citizens have reached at least the semi-finals in five of the last six seasons, lifting the trophy in 2019 before falling at the penultimate hurdle in each of the last three campaigns.
So far this season, Pep Guardiola’s side have had to take out two heavyweights, beating both Chelsea and then Arsenal at the Etihad.
Meantime, in the Premier League, Man City remain second, two points below the Gunners, following Saturday’s 4-1 demolition of Bournemouth.
Along with the Champions League, the Sky Blues are fighting on three fronts, and will be hoping that remains the case after this trip to the West Country.
Bristol City meantime have so far ousted rivals Swansea in a replay and then West Bromwich Albion to set up this rematch with the Premier League champions.
Back in 2018, the two met in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, with Man City winning 2-1 at home and then 3-2 away.
Right now, the Robins are in terrific form; Saturday’s 1-0 win over Hull extending their unbeaten streak to nine matches.
This has seen Nigel Pearson’s team climb from 18th up to 13th, thereby enjoying some mid-table serenity.
So, can Bristol City cause a monumental upset at Ashton Gate?
Bristol City team news
Rob Atkinson, Tommy Conway, Kal Naismith and Kane Wilson are all out long-term.
Teenager Alex Scott has been a break-out star this season, so is someone to keep an eye on.
Fit again Tomáš Kalas will be key at the heart of defence.
Nahki Wells’ winner off the bench at the weekend could earn him a start here.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): O’Leary; Tanner, Kalas, Vyner, Pring; Williams, James, Scott, Sykes, Mehmeti; Wells.
Manchester City team news
Cup keeper Stefan Ortega as well as other fringe players such as Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gómez and Máximo Perrone will all be hoping for a start here.
The latter made his debut off the bench at the weekend, having joined from Vélez Sarsfield in January.
Kevin De Bruyne has missed Man City’s last two games due to illness, so don’t expect to see him in Bristol.
Julián Álvarez will lead the line, chosen over Erling Braut Håland, who’s yet to score in the FA Cup.
Of the players who featured their last visit to Ashton Gate in January 2018, only Kyle Walker, John Stones (currently injured), İlkay Gündoğan, De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva are still at the club.
Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ortega; Lewis, Akanji, Laporte, Gómez; Phillips, Gündoğan, Silva, Maḥrez, Foden; Álvarez.