Manchester City travel to Oxford United, in the hopes of progressing into a third consecutive Carabao Cup semi-final. Here’s who we predict will start for Pep Guardiola’s side on Wednesday night…
Leroy Sané is nearing a return to action, but he’ll still join Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines. Sergio Agüero may make a return, following his return to first-team training this week. David Silva may also miss this one, however Pep Guardiola did not mention he was ruled out, speaking ahead of the fixture on Tuesday afternoon.
As is domestic cup tradition, Claudio Bravo is expected to start in goal against the U’s. Ahead of him, we expect a well-rotated backline of Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Eric García and Angeliño, although we could see Oleksandr Zinchenko getting the nod in defence – the important thing is that Benjamin Mendy is rested. Playing Stones next to García strikes me as something of a risk, but they should be able to deal with the League One side.
In the midfield, Phil Foden appears to be the obvious candidate to start after coming off early against Arsenal. He’ll likely be joined by Ilkay Gundogan and we’re going for quite a bold prediction this time round, with Oleksandr Zinchenko set to take up the role he occupies for the Ukrainian national side.
Gabriel Jesus is still our pick to start up front, especially with his impressive away record, even though he’s played a lot lately. He’ll surely be flanked by Riyad Mahrez, and we expect Raheem Sterling to get the nod on the left.
Substitutes: Scott Carson, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Ian Carlo Poveda, Tommy Doyle, Nicolas Otamendi, Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne
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