Manchester City have reserved their place for the Carabao Cup final in the middle of the week, but find themselves back in the domestic cup on Sunday, as they face Birmingham City in the FA Cup third round.
City are likely to field a rotating lineup against the Blues, with Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Nathan Ake, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Benjamin Mendy all vying to start on Sunday.
However, Ferran Torres, Tommy Doyle, Eric Garcia, Scott Carson, Cole Palmer and Aymeric Laporte are all set to miss the game, so Pep Guardiola could be forced to name a few City youngsters to the bench in this FA Cup fixture.
So which line-up will Pep Guardiola go with in this FA Cup match? And what will be the final score?
We used FIFA 21 to get a single score prediction. That’s what happened.
Man City vs Birmingham City score predicted with FIFA 21
To set up this simulation, we used launch mode in FIFA 21, but we didn’t select a team to control; we then selected the teams and watched the game unfold on its own.
The difficulty of the AI was world class, with the list updated with the latest transfers, injuries and suspensions.
We predict that Man City could settle into a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the roster as follows: Steffen; Walker, Harwood-Bellis, Ake, Mendy; Fernandinho, Rodrigo; Silva, Mahrez, Jésus; Aguero.
We predict that Birmingham City could settle into a 4-3-3 formation, with the roster as follows: Etheridge; Colin, Dean, Roberts, Pederson; Gardner, Sunjic, Clayton; Sanchez, Jutkiewicz, Leko.
In our FIFA 21 simulation, despite a number of changes, City barely transpired in this FA Cup game against the Blues.
Pep Guardiola’s side opened the scoring after 15 minutes, with Sergio Aguero beating Harlee Dean for pace and square for Riyad Mahrez, who had the easiest close finish.
But despite their dominance in terms of possession, City wasted their chances, as Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus are all guilty of missing out on good opportunities.
The home side eventually made it 2-0 but had to wait until the 87th minute when substitute Raheem Sterling finished well after another assist from Aguero.
Predicted score for FIFA 21: Man City 2-0 Birmingham City
Here are the full-time match statistics.
City were dominant in this FIFA 21 simulation, will they be as dominant in real life on Sunday?
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