Rampant Manchester City will make a raft of changes when they welcome Championship outfit Wolves to the Etihad Stadium for an EFL Cup encounter on Tuesday.
24 October 2017
League Cup fourth round
Kick-off: 21:00 (GMT+2)
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: K. Friend
Assistants: A. Holmes, D. Eaton
Fourth official: M. Jones
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Man City 95 37 20 38
Wolves 95 38 20 37
Wolves 0-2 Man City (22 April 2012) – League Cup
City goalscorers: Sergio Aguero (27′), Samir Nasri (74′)
Players to watch
With striker Sergio Aguero equalling the club’s record of 177 goals in Saturday’s Premier League win over Burnley, all eyes will be on the Argentina international for the visit of Championship table-toppers Wolves. The Citizens are scoring goals for fun and it appears that the 29-year-old has a great chance to beat the record on Tuesday.
Brazilian forward Leo Bonatini will no doubt hope to make an impression against their more heralded opponents. With seven league goals to his name in 13 appearances already since he joined Wolves on loan from Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, the 23-year-old could catch the attention of some bigger clubs with a good showing.
Team form and quotes
With City in irresistible form, a new club record could be set of 12 straight wins if they beat on Tuesday. However, Pep Guardiola has promised to ring the changes from the majority of the side that put together the winning run.
He told reporters: “On Tuesday we will play 11 new players. There are a lot of games and maybe there are players now who play more regularly than other ones, but in February and March that isn’t going to happen.
“Everybody will be involved as you can’t play the same players in every game in all competitions.”
Despite the massive odds facing the visitors of getting a result, Bonatini says he is not intimidated about facing England’s deadliest team.
The Brazilian said: “We don’t need to be scared of them (Man City). It’s just football, it’s 11 against 11 and we know what we can do.
“It will be a tough game for us and for them as well. We will go there and try to play our football.”
Despite Guardiola saying he will completely change his starting line-up for the game, reports suggest that Aguero could start as he steps up his recovery from an injury he picked up in a minor car accident.
Benjamin Mendy is a long-term absentee while City skipper Vincent Kompany is doubtful. Ilkay Gundogan, Claudio Bravo, Danilo, Eliaquim Mangala, Yaya Toure and Aleks Zinchenko could all start.
Yet, highly-rated youngster Brahim Diaz is out injured while fellow starlet Phil Foden is on World Cup duty with England under-17s.
For Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, few changes are expected from the team that beat Preston North End 3-2 on Saturday, though goalkeeper Will Norris may get a rare chance to prove his worth.