Preview: Manchester City vs. Leeds United

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the FA Cup fourth round match against Stoke on January 26, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Manchester City's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium.

There may be more than just a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at stake this weekend following reports that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could be sacked if his side lose to Leeds United this Sunday.

The Italian boss, who has been swift to dismiss such suggestions, heads into the match on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Southampton, which has narrowed the club's chances of clinching the Premier League title this season.

Leeds arrive at the Etihad Stadium with an equally poor run of form, which consists of two defeats and one draw in their last three Championship fixtures.

Carlos Tevez could be handed a starting place for City alongside Edin Dzeko, with Jack Rodwell, who has had an injury-ravaged season, sitting in midfield.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock is likely to start El Hadji Diouf, Steve Morison and Luke Varney.

Recent form

Manchester City: LDDWW

Leeds United: LDLWW

Possible starting lineups

Manchester City: Hart; Maicon, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov; Silva, Rodwell, Y.Toure, Milner; Dzeko, Tevez

Leeds United: Kenny; Green, Peltier, Lees, Warnock; Byram, Brown, Norris; Diouf, Morison, Varney

Sports Mole says: 2-0

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the FA Cup fourth round match against Stoke on January 26, 2013
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