There is a feast of FA Cup football this weekend and the pick of Sunday's live fifth round ties is arguably the clash between Manchester City and Leeds at the Etihad (ESPN, 2pm). City go into the match in desperate need of a win to restore confidence and manager Roberto Mancini can ill-afford an early exit from this competition, while Leeds will look to claim another Premier League scalp.
City are currently 1/6 odds on favourites with PaddyPower for this match and the FA Cup remains the only competition they can realistically win this season. Mancini's side find themselves second in the Premier League table, 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester United, and out of Europe so the FA Cup is the only trophy that could light up a disappointing season.
Mancini would come under huge pressure in the next manager to be sacked betting if City were to lose to Leeds this weekend and Neil Warnock's team are a massive 14/1 for the win and 13/2 for the draw. Leeds have already beaten Tottenham at home in the previous round of this competition and they will be right up for this one as they have little left to play for this season.
Ross McCormack has been one bright spot of late after scoring four in his last six for Leeds and he is 11/1 to be first scorer on Sunday. However, scoring goals has been a problem for Leeds recently after a three match winless run saw them drop to 11th in the Championship table.
Leeds have failed to score in two of their last three, while their away form certainly doesn't inspire confidence. They have lost five of their last seven away games, winning one, and they have failed to score in three of the last five on their travels. Their goalscoring problems will be a real worry ahead of a match against a City side who have been defensively impressive this term.
City have kept six clean sheets in their last eight matches and they are even-money to win to nil in the latest betting with paddypower. They could certainly do with a win following a three-match winless run ofÂ their own, during which they drew 0-0 with QPR and 2-2 with Liverpool before slumping to a humbling 3-1 loss at Southampton last Saturday.
The one bright spot to come out of the defeat to Southampton was Edin Dzeko scoring his second goal in two games. Dzeko remains massively underrated but he has now scored 18 goals for club and country this season and he is a best price 4/1 to score first this weekend. It is late goals that have been a real feature of City's games though as they have scored 12 league goals in the final 15 minutes of matches, while in contrast Leeds have conceded 15 in the same period of time, with paddypower going 5/6 for a goal to be scored after the 77th minute on Sunday.
Man City v Leeds Form
Check the season's statistics for both Man City and Leeds, plus the odds ahead of Sunday's match.
Man City v Leeds Tips
Tip #1: Man City to win to nil @ evens with PaddyPower.
Tip #2: Last goal to be scored over 77 minutes @ 5/6 with PaddyPower.
Tip #3: Edin Dzeko to score first @ 4/1 with PaddyPower.
1/6 Man City
Correct Score Odds
17/2 Man City 1-0
6/1 Man City 2-0
17/2 Man City 2-1
22/1 Draw 0-0
11/1 Draw 1-1
19/1 Draw 2-2
50/1 Leeds 1-0
100/1 Leeds 2-0
40/1 Leeds 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
3/1 Sergio Aguero
3/1 Carlos Tevez
4/1 Edin Dzeko
4/1 John Guidetti
5/1 David Silva
13/2 Yaya Toure
7/1 Samir Nasri
7/1 Scott Sinclair
9/1 Marcos Lopes
11/1 Aleksandr Kolarov
11/1 Ross McCormack
12/1 Steve Morison
Odds supplied by PaddyPower.com, who offer live in-play betting for all FA Cup matches.
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