This preview sees both FA Cup matches this Saturday on TV.

The first match sees Middlesbrough take on Manchester City at the Riverside. Middlesbrough are struggling in the league, they haven't won in their last 10 matches and they cannot seem to score either.

For Manchester City it's the opposite, despite their stalemate against Stoke in midweek they are flying, with Guardiola's side competing on three fronts as it stands.

Middlesbrough vs Manchester City – Saturday 11th March 2017 – 12:15 - BT Sport 2


Middlesbrough welcome Manchester City to the Riverside Stadium in the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup, with the visitors enjoying excellent recent results.

Boro come into this match in poor form, with a 2-0 defeat against Stoke in their last Premier League fixture.

The home side continued their struggles in front of goal, with their defence failing to hold strong on this occasion.

Marco Arnautovic (29 and 42) completed both his and Stoke's double, with both goals coming before half time.

This result means Middlesbrough drop into the relegation zone, they are now three points from safety.

More Wins Needed

Despite that result, it means Boro have won just the one game in their last six, a 3-2 win against Oxford.

Aitor Karanka's side have failed to score in a league game since January 31st, their winless run has stretched to ten games.

Boro will be looking to let loose in this fixture, they need a result of any kind to reignite their survival bid.

Boro Favourites

Middlesbrough come into this match as underdogs, with home advantage unable to find them favour with the bookies.

Boro have conceded seven goals in their last six matches, they will have to discover the art of scoring more goals.

Middlesbrough will be looking to continue their recent record against Man City, they are unbeaten in the last two meetings.

Middlesbrough are 13/2 with Alvaro Negredo and Rudy Gestede at 9/1 to score first.

MiddlesbroughCity Frustrated

Guardiola's side come into this match on the back of a 0-0 draw against Stoke, with City failing to break down a stubborn Potters side.

Manchester City missed the chance to go second in the league as a result, but they remain behind Tottenham in third.

It was a game of few clear cut opportunities at the Etihad, with the games now piling up for City.

They are fighting on three fronts, with the FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League still options for City.

City now turn their attentions to this FA Cup tie, with Middlesbrough struggling in front of goal of late.

City In Great Form

Manchester City have been in great form of late, they now have a very realistic shot of winning the FA Cup in Guardiola's first season.

Guardiola's men are now unbeaten in their last seven matches, with five wins and two draws in that sequence.

Manchester City are third in the league, but they are only behind Tottenham on goal difference.

Same Again For Pep

The match against Middlesbrough sees Manchester City emerge as favourites, with their excellent form finding favour with the bookies.

A win will mean they will be unbeaten in eight matches, they will be looking for their first win since the 09/10 FA Cup.

Pep will be looking for City to continue their overall record against Man City, with 42 wins, 21 draws and 40 defeats in 103 meetings.

Man City are 4/9 with Sergio Aguero at 5/2 to open the scoring.


The second match sees Arsenal take on Lincoln City at the Emirates.

For Arsenal the nightmare continues, the wins have been few and far between and a 10-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich has shown Arsenal to be a team rapidly in decline.

For Lincoln it's the opposite, they are on a fairytale cup run that has seen them defeat both Burnley and Brighton. They are also top of the National League by a six point margin, could they produce one of the biggest shocks of all time and beat Arsenal?

Arsenal vs Lincoln City – Saturday 11th March 2017 – 17:30 - BT Sport 2

Arsenal welcome Lincoln City to the Emirates Stadium in a huge FA Cup match, with the Gunners in need of a massive win.

The Gunners come into this match in poor form, with Bayern giving Arsenal a 5-1 thrashing at home.

Theo Walcott (20) opened the scoring for Arsenal, with the winger coolly finishing to give Arsenal the lead.

Laurent Koscielny was sent off in the 54th minute, with the referee making a horror decision that ruined the match.

Robert Lewandowski (55) opened the scoring from the resulting penalty, with the match thereafter a procession.

Arjen Robben (68) made it 2-1 on the night, with Douglas Costa (78) making it 3-1 ten minutes later.

Arturo Vidal completed the humiliation, scoring goals in the 80th and 85th minute to complete a 5-1 route.

Gunners Down And Out

That made the scoreline 10-2 over two legs, with Koscielny's absence in both matches proving to be the catalyst.

Poor results against Liverpool, Bayern, Chelsea and Watford now mean they have lost five of their last seven matches.

They were hammered 5-1 against Bayern three weeks ago, it could be the match that is the final nail in the Wenger coffin.

Gunners Favourites

Arsenal come into this match as the favourites, despite their recent poor record.

Wenger's men will be looking to avoid their sixth defeat in eight matches, with this match the biggest of Arsenal's season now.

This is Arsenal's first meeting against Lincoln City in any competitive fixture.

Arsenal are 1/16 with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud at 5/2 to score first.

ArsenalLincoln Irresistible

Lincoln come into this match on the back of a 4-0 win against Braintree, another excellent result.

Lee Angol enjoyed a day to remember, with his hat-trick ensuring Lincoln secured a win that maintained their six point lead.

His goals in the 14th, 22nd and 82nd minute from the penalty spot, gave the visitors all three points.

Nathan Arnold (85) completed the route, with Braintree now dropping to 18th in the National League.

Five Wins

Lincoln have had an excellent season so far, they currently sit top of the National League, along with the FA Cup and FA Vase cup runs.

They are top of the League by six points, with promotion looking a certainty with their current form.

Lincoln have won five of their last six matches, with their only blemish a goalless draw against Aldershot.

The visitors registered a huge shock in the last round, beating a Burnley side that have made Turf Moor a fortress in the Premier League.

Lincoln Underdogs

The visitors come into this match as the underdogs, with home advantage and the vast difference in leagues contributing.

This will be a tough fixture for Lincoln, despite having already beaten top class opposition this season in Brighton and Burnley.

Lincoln will be looking to register their first win against Arsenal, in what would be the biggest shock in the FA Cup.

Lincoln are 28/1 with Matt Rhead at 16/1 to open the scoring.



Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Gestede to score first @ 9/1 and Manchester City to win 3-1 @ 11/1

Tip 2 – Perez to score first @ 3/1 and Arsenal to win 4-1 @ 12/1

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