09 Jan, 16:00
Manchester City battle it out against Bristol City on Tuesday in the first leg of the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.
The game will happen at the Etihad stadium and the Citizens will be aiming to seal a ticket for the finals by burying their opponents at home itself. Also to add, they have reached the semi-final stage with the help of two penalty shootouts against Leicester City and Wolves. This is why Pep will be keen on advancing to the finals with ease. To do so, winning the first leg by a good margin would be of prime importance. On other hand, it will be a tough job for Bristol despite having knocked four PL sides out of the competition previously.
Kyle Walker didn’t start the previous game and hence could be given a start. David Silva, Leroy Sané and Fabian Delph could be rested ahead of a tough Premier League game against the Reds. Vincent Kompany, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Phil Foden are out for long-term.
Here Is The Probable Lineup
This might be a semi-final but Manchester City have a second team that boasts quality and talent far better than many of the first teams of PL clubs. Keeping the next PL fixture against Liverpool in mind, Pep could mostly ring the changes.
It’s a mountain to climb for Bristol City but even if Manchester City slip, they have more than a big chance to turn it around in the reverse fixture. Hence, we could expect the likes of Bernardo Silva and Yaya Toure to get a rare start. However, the attacking play, quick passing and the dynamic Manchester City attacking style will surely not lose colour.