Manchester City begin their quest for a sixth FA Cup triumph when they face Sheffield Wednesday of the Championship on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.
It has been a busy period for the Premier League champions, but their reward for winning 10 of their last 11 games is parity with Chelsea and a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, and more often than not they have the ability to compensate for occasional defensive shortcomings, as they showed on Thursday against Sunderland.
Stevan Jovetic will be leading the line for a side that normally sweeps aside lower league opposition in style. The visitors here can certainly testify, having been on the wrong end of a 7-0 mauling in the Capital One Cup back in September.
Following that disappointment, the Owls took some time to rediscover their composure and win again, but now they are on a decent run and in a comfortable mid-table position in the Championship, sitting 10th after winning at Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.
The man who got their winner at the DW Stadium was Adthe Nuhiu, and Wednesday will look to the Austrian to hold the ball up and provide a physical presence that will unsettle the home defence. He leads the line in a workmanlike side.
Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Vincent Kompany remain out for Man City, while Claude Dielna is expected to come in at left-back for Wednesday, who are without the injured Joe Mattock.
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