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Man City vs Wycombe Sep 21, 2021 Match Preview and Stats

Man City vs Wycombe Sep 21, 2021 Match Preview and Stats

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Manchester City will begin their quest for a record ninth League Cup crown when they host Wycombe Wanderers in the third round on Tuesday night.

The Citizens have won six of the last eight iterations of the competition including the last four in a row, and Pep Guardiola will be out to continue filling the cabinets at the Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard is likely to bring a much-changed side into the match with one eye on a blockbuster Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Regardless of the opponent or the competition, City will look to quickly move on from a disappointing draw against Southampton at the weekend with a positive performance and win over Wycombe.

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Ederson could be given the night off in goal, but Zack Steffen’s positive COVID-19 test means veteran Scott Carson could be set for an appearance.

City have a number of defensive issues with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko all lacking fitness and Benjamin Mendy suspended, so Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo will likely have to continue in the full-back positions.

Nathan Ake should start again after scoring his first City goal in the Champions League last week alongside a potential senior debut for Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, who was named on the bench in the Southampton fixture.

Rodri is also a fitness concern so Fernandinho is likely to continue at the base of midfield, while Phil Foden could finally get his first start of the season after shaking off an injury over the summer.

Youngster Cole Palmer could complete the midfield for another senior debut, and Samuel Edozie will be hopeful of a start in attack after impressing in pre-season.

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Ferran Torres was unused against Southampton and could come in to play the centre-forward role, with Riyad Mahrez on the right having played barely 20 minutes at the weekend.

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