Man City will once again face local neighbours Manchester United on Wednesday as they compete for a spot in the Carabao Cup final.
City have a healthy 3-1 advantage from the semi-final first leg at Old Trafford three weeks ago, with Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an Andreas Pereira own-goal securing the win. However, despite the Blues’ total dominance they allowed United to get back into the game late on, with Marcus Rashford keeping the tie alive.
That coupled with the fact United left the Etihad in December having claimed a well earned and deserved win themselves may have given Pep Guardiola some food for thought ahead of the fixture. City were able to rest several key players during the weekend’s comfortable FA Cup victory against Fulham, with Ederson, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho all having the day off.
Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte also didn’t play, with Mendy still recovering from the knock that kept him out of the victory against Sheffield United and Laporte only just making his return from injury.
Further forward Sergio Aguero, an unused substitute on Sunday, will replace Gabriel Jesus. Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez split wing duties against Fulham but both can start here and drift inside, giving the wing-backs room to advance into.