10 January 2021 16:38
M anchester City entertain second-tier Birmingham in the third round of the FA Cup this afternoon. Pep Guardiola's side are enjoying their best run of the season so far, with a sixth consecutive win sealing their place in yet another Carabao Cup final at the expense of rivals Manchester United. Aitor Karanka's Birmingham, meanwhile, have lost five of their past six as they battle against relegation in the Championship. Date, time and venue Manchester City vs Birmingham is scheduled for a 1.30pm GMT kick-off today (Sunday, January 10, 2021). The match will be held behind closed doors at the Etihad Stadium due to coronavirus restrictions.
How to watch TV channel: Today's match will not be shown live on TV in the UK. Live stream: However, UK viewers will be able to watch the game live on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website. Team news Sergio Aguero is set to start for the first time since October as he steps up his return from knee trouble. Fellow striker Gabriel Jesus and right-back Kyle Walker could feature after returning to training this week, and being unused substitutes against Manchester United on Wednesday, following positive Covid-19 tests. Defenders Marc Roberts (ankle) and Kristian Pedersen (knee) could feature for Birmingham at the Etihad Stadium having returned to training. The game will come too soon for midfielders Gary Gardner and Alen Halilovic. Forward Caolan Boyd-Munce and goalkeeper Zach Jeacock also both remain on the sidelines. Prediction: Man City 3-0 Birmingham Guardiola will make plenty of changes and his squad look to be kicking into gear after a slow start. Birmingham have more pressing matters than a cup run so this should be fairly plain sailing for the hosts. Head to head (h2h) history and results Draws: 24 Birmingham wins: 55 Last meeting: Man City 2-0 Birmingham (League Cup, September 2011) Bettings odds and tips (subject to change) Man City: 1/11 Birmingham: 41/1 Man City to win 3-0: 5/1 Odds via Betfair Exchange. Click here to find out more.