The Big Match Preview: Burton Albion vs Manchester City

A fortnight after the 9-0 victory over League One Burton Albion, Manchester City travel to the Pirelli Stadium for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. Pep Guardiola had sent out a strong team in the first leg, with the intention of getting the job done and have the fixture wrapped up after the first 90 minutes and was largely successful. In his pre-match press conference, Guardiola was keen to point out that as many as six youngsters may play a part on Wednesday evening. In fact, it was said that Guardiola was…

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Demolition Job – Talking Points from Manchester City 9-0 Burton Albion (Carabao Cup)

Following a 7-0 rout of Rotherham United just three days ago, Manchester City continued to demonstrate their attacking prowess, this time in the first semi-final first-leg of the Carabao Cup.  Despite the absences of a few key players, Guardiola elected to play a fairly strong team with Kevin De Bruyne earning his second successive start since returning from a knee injury. Aro Muric was also given the nod in goal with Eric Garcia celebrating his 18th birthday with a start for the blues. After playing almost entirely in Burton’s final…

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A Semi-Final start for Eric Garcia – Predicted XI for Manchester City vs Burton Albion (Carabao Cup)

For the second game running, Manchester City host lower-league opposition at the Etihad Stadium, giving Pep Guardiola another opportunity to rotate his side during a busy month for the blues. With a strong starting XI defeating Rotherham United 7-0 at the weekend, the temptation is there to go for a similarly strong outfit to seal Manchester City’s place at Wembley in the first leg. However, Guardiola may feel that it would only be right to continue starting the players that have got City in this position. Aro Muric is a…

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