Manchester City and Chelsea put together to do conflict in what seems like being the standout tie of the Carabao Cup 1/3 spherical on Wednesday.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Carabao Cup Round 3
Citizen have a mainly bold report withinside the opposition having received six of the remaining nine, whilst Chelsea have contested, and lost, finals for the reason that 2019.
Pep Guardiola can also additionally determine to introduce a handful of younger gamers to his beginning line-up for the sport however the choice at full-lower back has been made for him after Cancelo`s pink card towards Fulham.
In a manner, that reshuffle has located a piece extra significance in this match, in particular given the manner Chelsea`s season has advanced for the reason that draw changed into made a few 11 weeks ago. Unfortunately, that draw saddled us with pretty much the hardest assignment possible, as we tackle all-effective Manchester City on the Etihad.
- Competition: English League Cup
- Round: 3
- Stadium: Etihad
- Temp: 12°C
- Referee: Simon Hooper
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Man City right-back Cancelo will serve his one-match suspension in the EFL Cup – with red cards carrying over to all domestic competitions – so Guardiola will welcome him back with open arms for the upcoming Premier League clash with Brentford.
Kyle Walker’s absence leaves Guardiola in a bit of a tricky situation at right-back, but 17-year-old Rico Lewis is on hand to try to build on his Champions League goal over Sevilla and could be one of several changes for the hosts, who are also set to welcome Kalvin Phillips back to the squad from his shoulder problem as he pushes for a place in England’s World Cup squad.
Sergio Gomez, Cole Palmer, Riyad Mahrez and Stefan Ortega can also expect to earn starts here, and with Haaland also a slight doubt, it would not be a surprise to see Julian Alvarez hold his spot up top as his counterpart is given more time to fully recuperate. One attacker who will also be hoping to earn a look-in is 18-year-old Carlos Borges, who scored four for the Under-21s against Manchester United at the weekend.
Rotation can also be expected from Potter’s Chelsea, who remain without Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Kepa Arrizabalaga and N’Golo Kante, while Carney Chukwuemeka is not expected back from a hamstring injury just yet either. Jorginho is also dealing with a foot problem and has emerged as a doubt.
Kepa’s injury means that Potter is facing a big decision in goal between Edouard Mendy and Marcus Bettinelli, but the former may still get the nod given the calibre of opposition, while Mateo Kovacic only made the bench against Arsenal as he manages his knee problem.
Should Potter decide against risking Kovacic from the first whistle, Denis Zakaria and Conor Gallagher can freshen up the midfield in any case, while Kalidou Koulibaly, Armando Broja and possibly even the out-of-favour Hakim Ziyech could return.
Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ortega; Lewis, Dias, Laporte, Gomez; Palmer, Rodri, Foden; Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Koulibaly, Cucurella; Gallagher, Zakaria, Kovacic; Ziyech, Broja, Pulisic