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City bid to pile on agony for Reds.

Manchester City will be looking to follow Boro's thrilling midweek victory at Old Trafford by dumping bitter rivals United out of the FA Cup tomorrow.

Boro's three goals on Wednesday mean Sir Alex Ferguson's side have now conceded eight in their last three games.

City are without a Premiership win in 13 games but will be hoping their fantastic comeback against Tottenham in the last round will stand them in good stead for their fifth round clash tomorrow lunchtime (Sky Sports 2, 12pm).

Kevin Keegan is sweating on the fitness of leading scorer Nicolas Anelka. The 19-goal Frenchman has missed the last two games with a groin injury.

"I would like to have him in the team but he has got to be fit enough to do himself justice," Keegan said.

Cup-tied goalkeeper David James and Chinese full back Sun Jihai are definitely out.

United are hoping Gary Neville recovers from a thigh strain, Roy Keane is likely to come into the midfield at the expense of Nicky Butt, but Louis Saha is cup-tied so Diego Forlan is likely to step in.

Sunderland host Birmingham in front of live TV cameras (BBC1, 5.30pm) in their fifth round clash.

Paul Thirlwell is in line for a role in the centre of Mick McCarthy's midfield, but new striker Darren Byfield will sit it out, having played for Rotherham in earlier rounds.

Birmingham will be favourites but workhorse Robbie Savage is struggling with a dead leg. Steve Bruce has the option to recall striker Christophe Dugarry.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman will axe his 4-5-1 formation for tomorrow's all-London FA Cup clash with West Ham at Loftus Road.

Brian McBride and Facundo Sava maybe handed the task of getting goals, but Coleman is without skipper Lee Clark.

Bobby Zamora is cup-tied for West Ham so on-loan Liverpool striker Neil Mellor will get his chance to fire the Hammers into the quarter finals.

In the day's other FA Cup matches Millwall host First Division rivals Burnley and Tranmere tackle Third Division Swansea.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2004
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