With close to two decades gone since the two sides met, it will be interesting to see the growth of both teams in the English top tier. Port Vale will be traveling to the Etihad Stadium for the quart finals of the Emirates FA Cup. The match is scheduled for 4th January with kickoff at 17:30 GMT.
After a string of competitive matches in the early ’90s, it marks two decades since the two sides met each in a competitive game. The last time the two sides met, a late Danny Granville strike sealed the 2-1 comeback win at the Vale Park. This marked the last time the two sides met in October 1999.
The last encounter was heated with a first-half lead through Martin Foyle. This overturned with an own goal from Mark Snijders with the late winner by Granville shifting the momentum of the game before the win.
The win was necessary for the Citizens as it marked three vital points that secured a back to back promotion and also realized a ticket to the Premier League football. This marked the entry of the Citizens to Maine Road in the following season.
Since then, both teams have gone through tremendous changes in terms of accomplishments and performances. The investment in Manchester City has seen the side grow to a top tier team in the English Premier League.
Manchester City vs. Port Vale Head to Head
Both sides have met one time in the FA Cup with Manchester City emerging victorious. In the league, the sides have met 22 times with Manchester City emerging winners on 17 occasions. Port Vale have managed to pull off only four wins with a game-ending in a draw.
Manchester City Team News
Left-back Zinchenko made a full recovery after an injury spell but has found a hard time to fit in the squad. This is especially with the comeback by Benjamin Mendy and Angelino. The attacking midfielder has made an impact for the Citizens, and Pep Guardiola has held the start with high hopes. It will be interesting to see whether he gets a chance to make an FA Cup debut.
Port Vale Team News
Jake Taylor has made an impact on the team after an impressive loan spell from Nottingham Forest. It will be interesting to see whether the start will make an impact, especially with the massive depth in the Citizens defense.
Prediction and Odds
Manchester City has a squad depth with massive talents against a struggling Port Vale side, which still faces a lack of fresh talent. We predict an easy win for City who is more than capable of pulling off an easy win.
Manchester City win
Goals Over 3.5
Most Goals Second Half