Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini makes four changes from the side that lost 2-0 to Arsenal last weekend that saw their Premier League title aspirations suffer a setback.
However, the FA Cup fourth round clash with Middlesbrough gives them a chance to rectify the slip-up, and Pellegrini has sent out a strong team to show he’s not taking the Championship side lightly.
Joe Hart is rested with Willy Caballero coming in between the stick, and he’ll have Dedryck Boyata in front of him as the Belgian centre-back partners his compatriot Vincent Kompany in defence. Aleksandar Kolarov comes in for Gael Clighy on the left, while Stevan Jovetic replaces Fernandinho to partner Sergio Aguero in attack.
Middlesbrough make five changes to their starting line-up as they look to make it three wins in a row for the first time since September. In comes goalkeeper Tomas Mejias and defender Dean Whitehead, while Albert Adomah and Jelle Vossen also return to the side.
Manchester City: Caballero, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Boyata, Kolarov, Milner, Fernando, Navas, Silva, Jovetic, Aguero
Subs: Hart, Demichelis, Sagna, Clichy , Dzeko, Lampard , Fernandinho
Middlesbrough: Mejias, Friend, Ayala, Gibson, Whitehead, Adomah, Leadbitter, Clayton, Tomlin, Bamford, Vossen
Subs: Ripley, Husband, Omeruo, Kike, Woodgate, Reach, Wildschut
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