37′ Yet another wasted corner for the hosts
Another foray forward featuring Scott yields a corner for the hosts.
Can they make one of these pay?
Not quite yet – Phillips clears the cross away and the attempted pass back into the action area goes out for a throw to the visitors.
Bristol City’s Sam Bell and Manchester City’s Rico Lewis (right) during the Emirates FA Cup fifth round clash
35′ Bit of frustration creeping into the Robins’ play
A bit of a tongue-lashing for Williams now from Marriner, who is not best pleased with the Robins man’s response to a free kick given to the visitors.
He best be careful or else he’ll find himself in the book in the near future if he carries on like that.
Perhaps a little frustration with the visitors dominating the ball of late.
Bell cuts in off the left and makes for the box, but couldn’t quite get it where he wanted and his strike from range is high and still rising.
32′ And just like that City have another shot
And just as I say that, City are lingering mischievously around the Robins’ box with the threat of causing further strife very evident.
After sending it from one flank to the other a couple of times, De Bruyne then picks it up out on the left.
He cuts inside but is pursued well and can only shoot from outside the box, and his strike is, well, let’s just say he won’t want to see it back any time soon…
30′ A rare lull in the game
Their team have been out of the action for the last couple of minutes, but this crowd don’t care one bit as they continue to bring the noise.
City calm as you like play it out the back in a rare lull in what has been a tremendous FA Cup tie so far with both teams throwing everything at it.
15 minutes to go until half-time, now.
27′ City beginning to zip a little more
Man City are just starting to purr a little more now, and those passes are beginning to zip a little more in recent minutes.
The Robins have been brilliant going forward – but do look a little suspect with their backs up against it.
They’re unbeaten in 2023, but they’ve hardly played a side that move like this City side do, that’s for sure.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden celebrates scoring their first goal withhis team-mates
Bristol City’s Mark Sykes in action with Manchester City’s Rico Lewis but doesn’t win the penalty
24′ Corner to Man City
Foden has been the visitors’ best player on the pitch.
When he’s not got the ball at his feet, he’s dragging his defender out wide and leaving acres of room through the middle for Bernardo Silva to burst into, and it’s already beginning to yield a few cracks in the red defence.
City win the ball back inside the hosts’ half and in a flash De Bruyne is having a shot blocked inside the box, with Mahrez also having one deflected from the rebound.
City win the corner, and Dias gets a header on goal from the cross, but O’Leary saves well and holds on tight.
22′ De Bruyne looking ever so slightly off the pace
Say it quietly, but De Bruyne isn’t having his most lethal game tonight.
There’ve been a few slightly off touches from the Belgian, who missed out on City’s trip to Leipzig last week through illness.
Mind you, having said that he’ll probably get 13 assists tonight – he can just flip a game on its head on a whim.
City win a free kick in their own half for a foul from Wells on Dias.
19′ Another chance for Scott
Scott drives into the box off the left-hand side, but can only find Ortega in his net.
Bristol City are behind – but you wouldn’t have guessed from the action on the pitch!
18′ A spell of possession for the visitors
City now have a menacing foray forward, as Foden finds Alvarez inside the box, but the Argentine can’t get his feet right and it clatters away off his heels.
The visitors have a spell of controlled possession now, which Ortega will be pleased to see after receiving a little treatment to his hand – but no threat of Ederson bringing an end to his eighth appearance in City colours.
It’s been a breathtaking start at Ashton Gate with both sides flying forward and looking to threaten
14′ Hosts want ANOTHER penalty
They want another penalty now – but Sykes was offside before playing Wells into the box.
Bristol have gone 1-0 down early, but they really don’t look like letting City run riot and if anything seem to be the more likely to score!
Manchester City’s Phil Foden scores their side’s first goal of the game during the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match
11′ Hosts want a penalty
The hosts want a penalty now after a coming together between Lewis and Sykes in the box.
Marriner has a good view of it and rules that it’s a little too soft after the defender puts a hand in the forward’s back, but it did look like he went down a little too easily.
Dramatic start so far.
Bristol City fans display banners in the stands before the match at Ashton Gate
9′ Another corner to Bristol City
Bristol are straight back on the counter, though, and Scott wins a corner for the hosts after a weaving run in the box.
Once again it goes short, and Scott looks to bend it into the melee but it’s deflected clear.
7′ GOAL! Bristol City 0-1 Man City
Phil Foden with the opener!
It’s a pretty textbook goal for this City side, but it was a brilliant finish.
The ball is sent out wide to Mahrez on the right, who played a brilliant one-two with Bernardo Silva before sending it to the back stick across the face of the goal for Foden to slam into the back of the net!
5′ What a start
Well what a start we’ve had here in Bristol with both sides flying into action.
A couple of big challenges as well as that fluid counter have got the crowd up if they even needed it.
It’s pretty rampant out there, and any passers-by would be forgiven for thinking the hosts had scored as a City stray pass goes out for a throw.
3′ Corner to the hosts
And the hosts are straight down the other end on the counter after a slip from Akanji, and it’s Bell who cuts inside in the box before attempting to find the bottom right, but it’s sent out for a corner instead!
What a start!
And after all that it’s a shocking corner that is taken short and doesn’t beat Phillips – the first man.
2′ Phillips hits the woodwork
Well, talk about stating the obvious – City have fallen straight into a long spell of possession, punctuated only once by a slightly stray pass.
And out of nowhere, Phillips has the woodwork shaking after a seemingly innocuous hit from outside the box!
What a way to mark just your second City start that would’ve been!
Here we go!
The visitors get us underway.
John Motson tributes
There’s going to be a period of applause for John Motson.
He called a stunning 29 FA Cups during his long and fabled career – few are more synonymous with the competition.
Really nice touch from both sides here.
Special feeling at Ashton Gate
What a roar from the Ashton Gate crowd – a really special feeling in Bristol tonight.
Five academy players from the hosts in the starting XI – how much of a storybook plot is this!
I’d struggle to name a game I saw as many scarfs flying about in the breeze.
In the tunnels now
A bit of The Chemical Brothers – Galvanise comes on to get the crowd properly in the mood – not sure they needed that.
The teams are about to come out, and De Bruyne already has his side ready and waiting to go.
What a night this is set to be for Bristol City, but they can’t be overawed by the occasion.
And judging by those faces in the tunnel from the home side, they don’t intend to.
Fans set for a massive role tonight
It’s a really good atmosphere down at Ashton Gate.
A sold-out crowd have been bringing the noise for a good half hour ahead of kick-off tonight, and Nigel Pearson put it really well when he mentioned that playing against one of the best teams in the world is a ‘reward’ for his players – but it looks to be for his fans too.
There’s plenty of noise, and the DJ is doing a pretty good job of whipping the fervour out in Bristol up to a fever pitch, with the 12th man set to play a massive role tonight.
Fans of Bristol City poses for a photograph with a tin-foil FA Cup prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match
And the stats don’t stop there
No team has won more games on the road consecutively in the FA Cup in history than the visitors tonight.
Guardiola’s goal scoring behemoth has racked up a hugely impressive 10 in a row, and could extend their lead tonight to 11.
Hardly helps the Robins’ cause that they were eliminated in 13 of their last 14 fifth round ties, only beating Leeds in 1973-74 in a replay.
Interestingly, though, the Whites did then go on to win the top-flight that season…
Bristol City fans Martin and Josh outside the ground ahead of the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match
Young Bristol City fans pose with their tin foil trophy as they wait for kick off at Ashton Gate
Pep’s own stunning record
Doubling down on that, Pep Guardiola himself actually has a stunning record – shock – against sides from lower divisions in cup ties.
In the 35 that he’s overseen as boss of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Man City, he’s only actually lost one of them – that defeat to Wigan from five years ago.
Since his arrival in England, only Chelsea have actually won more games in the competition (27) than his side’s tally of (26).
He’s quite good at this management game, isn’t he?
Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City, speaks to the media prior to the FA Cup game
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a ridiculous record against sides from lower divisions
12 going on 13?
One stat the Robins won’t want to hear tonight – Man City have won each of their last 12 FA Cup games against sides in a lower division.
What’s worse, they’ve done it with an aggregate score of 42-8 – which means they’ve scored 3.5 goals each game on average – so perhaps tonight might not be the night Bristol City extend their head to head lead over the top-flight titans.
Their last defeat to a side from a tier below came against Wigan in 2018. Die hard All Or Nothing fans might remember it as the night that prompted a furious rant from Fabian Delph about “the basics of football”, as he put it.
They might need to go back to those ‘basics’ Delph is so fond of if they’re to beat a side undefeated since December 29.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden during the warm up before the match against Bristol City
A young fan outside the stadium before the match with the Robins taking on the reigning Premier League champions
The road to the fifth round
Let’s remind ourselves how these two sides made it to this stage of the competition.
For Man City it has been far from a coasting, who have had to overcome top-tier rivals Chelsea and Arsenal to reach the fifth round.
It was a fairly comfortable 4-0 win in the third round to the Blues, before teeing up a cagey 1-0 victory over the Premier League leaders
For the hosts, it’s only been one extra game, after seeing off Swansea via a play-off win in extra time in the third round, followed by a 3-0 thumping of West Brom at home to make the fifth round.
They’ve not reached the quarters since 1974, whereas City last reached the final eight, well, last season when they made the semis.
General view of Bristol City and Manchester City half and half scarfs for sale outside the stadium
General view of Bristol City and Manchester City half and half scarfs for sale outside the stadium before the match
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City arrives prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match
Pearson looking forward to a reunion with Mahrez
Another little link – albeit somewhat more spurious – is that between Riyad Mahrez and Nigel Pearson.
The Algerian played under the now-Bristol City boss 51 times, scoring seven goals and assisting another eight.
Since going on to realising his full potential, he’s scored a fair few more under Pep Guardiola on bigger stages, but Pearson said that he was looking forward to a reunion with his former star.
For more from Pearson, click the link below.
The Steve Coppell Derby
If you told anyone born before about the year 2000 that Manchester City and Bristol City actually share a manager within living memory, then they’d probably find it hard to believe you first time round.
But that is exactly what Steve Coppell did – albeit before the money, glitz and glamour made its way to the now Premier League champions.
In 1996, the former England international took charge at City (Manchester, not Bristol), but things didn’t go exactly to plan as he left the job just 33 days later after just six days – reportedly citing pressure as the reason.
But thinks went much better down at Ashton Gate, with Coppell this time spending four months at the club, this time putting his exit down to a reported lack of passion with the job and declaring an end to his managerial career.
He would rekindle his love with the game just a couple of years later, and ended his managerial career with no fewer than 12 appointments – four at Crystal Palace – and a couple of stints as a director of football.
Steve Coppell was in charge of Man City in 1996 for 33 days, and then took over the Robins in 2010
Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish of Manchester City arrive prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match
One change for the hosts, FIVE to the visitors
So just the ONE change from the hosts, as top scorer in the league Nahki Wells comes back into the starting XI after scoring from the bench last time out, replacing Anis Mehmeti.
But it’s FIVE changes from the visitors, with Haaland, Grealish, Gundogan, Ederson and Rodri all making way for Phillips, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Ortega and Mahrez.
Guardiola has however named an unchanged back four – or back three, depending on how they line up this evening.
Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez on the pitch before the match at Ashton Gate
Man City XI
And the visitors to face them…
TONIGHT’S TEAM 🙌
XI | Ortega Moreno, Lewis, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Phillips, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Alvarez
SUBS | Ederson, Walker, Gundogan, Haaland, Grealish, Rodrigo, Gomez, Perrone, Palmer#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/Dr8TJyysqs
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 28, 2023
Bristol City XI
Here’s the home side.
Team news is imminent…
Right, then, shall we get some team news?
As a midweek fixture, it will be interesting to see whether either Pearson or Guardiola will ring the changes with the relatively short turnaround between their last and next games…
Just a couple of minutes away now.
Bristol City fans wait for kick off ahead of the match between Bristol City and Manchester City
First ever FA Cup meeting
Tonight will be the first time that Man City and Bristol City play one another in the FA Cup, but their 26th overall in all competitions.
I don’t know about you, but that one surprised me – it feels like they always draw the Robins these days, but there you are.
That’s probably because they last played in the League Cup in 2017-18, when Lee Johnson’s plucky side reached the semi-finals, but lost both legs to the eventual champions.
Young Bristol City fans wait for kick off ahead of the English FA Cup fifth round clash in Bristol
Emirates FA Cup branding inside the stadium prior to the FA Cup match between Bristol City and Manchester City at Ashton Gate
Head to head record
As with many of these FA Cup ties, we’re handed a reminder of how far Man City have come in recent decades.
Not many around the world would predict that Bristol City edge the head to head, but their 10 wins trump Man City’s nine, with a further six draws played out between them.
The visitors to be fair haven’t lost since 1979, and a fair amount has changed since then, but still!
Can the Robins extend their lead, or will Pep Guardiola’s seemingly all consuming machine gobble up another win tonight and draw level?
Young Bristol City fans pose with their tin foil trophy as they wait for kick off
A general view of the outside of the stadium as fans arrive prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match
General view inside the ground ahead of the Emirates FA Cup match at Ashton Gate
Good evening everybody and welcome back to Sportsmail’s live football coverage, as the FA Cup returns with a bang as Manchester City take on Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
It’s the fifth round tonight, so the winner of this one, and will book themselves a place in the last eight of football’s oldest competition, with both sides having won the tournament before – but more on that later!
For now, we’ll be bringing you all the latest news, stories and build-up to what promises to be a fascinating match tonight, with kick-off set for 8pm – so don’t go anywhere!
A view inside the ground before the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match at Ashton Gate