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Man City v Leeds: Wins to nil becoming FA Cup norm for hosts

| 16.02.2013

Leeds may have already dumped one Premier League big gun out of the FA Cup, but with this realistically now looking like the sole trophy that can be claimed by Roberto Mancini this season, it is hard to see Manchester City following Tottenham out of the exit door.

Given that Man City are without a win in three games and Leeds’ aforementioned success over Tottenham in round four, the 1/6 on offer for a home win does look on the short side, even if it is hard to oppose.

Therefore, it may pay to look for a better price elsewhere and victories without conceding have become a bit of a regular pattern for Man City in this competition.

We correctly tipped this up ahead of their fourth round victory at Stoke and a Man City win to nil bet would have landed in seven of their last eight FA Cup games.

It is 9/10 to come in again here and the visitors have failed to score in two of their last three games.

The obvious doubts over this bet relate to who Mancini will play in defence, as captain Vincent Kompany has still not fully recovered from a calf injury he sustained in the Stoke success and so it is unlikely that he will be risked.

Javi Garcia played at centre-half in the recent Premier League defeat at Southampton and saying that he had a shaky game is being on the nice side.

Matija Nastasic may possibly return though, which is a plus.

It is 10 years since Leeds last reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup and the fact that they have only won twice on the road since September does not make for positive reading.

However, the FA Cup is known for its upsets and 14/1 is the price on offer that Leeds win at the Etihad. It should not be forgotten that they won at Old Trafford in 2010 when given little chance either.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.