Manchester City face Wolverhampton Wanderers at home in the round of 16 of this year’s EFL Cup – now titled the Carabao Cup. The two league leaders will go head to head tomorrow night in what could prove to be quite the hurdle in Pep’s quest for his first trophy at the club.
Although this will be the ideal opportunity for Guardiola to rest a number of his key players for the coming winter months, he will still be keen to continue the Blues unbeaten season with a win.
Claudio Bravo will return between the sticks to give Ederson a bit of a rest from being kicked in the face.
Danilo is likely to start on the right of defence as Pep has noticed his inability to use his left foot going forward whilst on the left side it’s possible we will see the debut of Oleksandr Zinchenko who Pep has spoken about as an option at left-back.
Partnering in the middle it’s likely that John Stones and Eliaquim Mangala will start together, their last outing coming in the previous round of the competition away at West Brom.
In midfield Yaya Touré will be looking to get a rare start after coming on to close the game against Burnley. This would be the ideal opportunity to give İlkay Gündoğan a start as well as he still looks to build form and fitness after many months on the side line. Bernardo Silva showed glimpses of his talent at the weekend and it would be a shame to deny him two consecutive starts as he looks to break into the first team, and so I can see Pep experimenting with him in central midfield. One Silva for another.
Up front is where it is always tricky with the wealth of talent at the manager’s disposal. Sergio Aguero will be hungry to become the club’s all-time top scorer and Pep mentioned the fact he might play in his post-match interview, so it is likely Kun will lead the line. After Raheem Sterling was rested it would make sense that he returns to the line-up for this game refreshed and I think we’ll see Gabriel Jesus deployed on the left to not only give Leroy Sané a rest but to also experiment with another option out wide.
Tosin Adarabioyo is likely to be on the substitute’s bench but Brahim Diaz is injured and Phil Foden unavailable due to his involvement in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India at the moment.