Pep Guardiola has made four changes to the side that beat Rotherham on Saturday for tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Burton Albion.
Birthday boy Eric Garcia starts after his impressive display in the last round at Leicester. Nicolas Otamendi partners him at centre-back, with Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko making up the rest of the back four.
Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo remain long-term absentees, although Guardiola confirmed yesterday that Mendy is improving and is now back in light training.
Starting XI: Muric, Walker, Garcia, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sane, Jesus
Subs: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Sterling, Delph, Bernardo, Foden
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THREE changes from the 4-0 win at Rochdale as Stephen Quinn misses out through injury, with Ben Fox and David Templeton on the bench. In come John Brayford, Kieran Wallace and Liam Boyce.
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Guardiola rarely deviates from his 4-3-3 formation and tonight is no exception.
City will look to dominate possession, with Burton likely to put plenty of men behind the ball in a bid to stifle our attacking play. Patience could be key for City tonight.
Gundogan will sit and protect the back four, with Silva and De Bruyne charged with unpicking the Burton backline. Their eye for a pass will be vital.
And the pace and width provided by Sane and Mahrez will hopefully stretch the Burton backline and allow Jesus space through the centre.
This is the first competitive meeting between Manchester City and Burton Albion.
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We are participating in our 11th League Cup semi-final, qualifying for the final on six occasions (1969-70, 1973-74, 1975-76, 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2017-18).
This is Burton’s first League Cup semi-final.
City have progressed from their last 10 League Cup ties against sides from a lower division, including a 3-0 win at League One side Oxford United in this season’s third round.
City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has scored eight goals and assisted four in 12 League Cup appearances for the club.
City’s last home League Cup match against a League One side was in September 2004, a 7-1 hammering of Barnsley.
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Pep Guardiola said he was full of admiration for Burton Albion’s achievement in reaching the Carabao Cup last four after Manchester City’s 9-0 semi-final first leg win at the Etihad last night.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gives his reaction after Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Burton