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Manchester city will strive to become the most successful team in League Cup history this season and the Citizens will begin their journey home in 2021-22 Wycombe walkers at Tuesday evening.
pep Guardiolas team have won the competition eight times – on par with Premier League rivals Liverpool – while claiming the trophy in each of the past four seasons.
Prediction for this match
Man City will enter the competition on Tuesday after a frustrating goalless draw at home with Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon Ralph Hasenhüttl‘s side.
In fact, the Citizens had beaten Norwich City, Arsenal and Leicester City in their last three Premier League games before beating six behind RB Leipzig in their Champions League opener.
Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Southampton was certainly a setback and Guardiola’s side are fifth in the table, three points behind leaders Chelsea before the two teams clash at Stamford Bridge next weekend.
As mentioned earlier, Man City have already won the League Cup eight times – just like Liverpool – and will look to become the most successful team in the competition this season.
The Citizens have dominated the League Cup for the past few years, winning the last four trophies each, and they beat Tottenham Hotspur in the final last season thanks to a late goal from Aymeric Laporte; It’s bottom of the list this season in terms of priorities, but Guardiola’s side certainly had fun in this competition.
Wycombe, however, was relegated from the championship last season and therefore operates again in the first division; Promotion is expected this season, and it’s been a solid start to the season, with a total of 14 points from seven games that put them in fifth place.
Gareth AinsworthThe side are just two points behind leaders Wigan Athletic and will join the game on Saturday afternoon after beating Charlton Athletic 2-1 at home.
Wycombe, meanwhile, had to play two League Cup games to get to that stage and they have won both games on penalties, beating Exeter City in the first round and Stevenage in the second round.
The Blues actually made it to the 2006/07 League Cup semi-finals and lost to Chelsea, but it would be a big shock if they progressed in this year’s competition.
Tuesday’s competition will be the first game between these two teams since April 1999, when Wycombe beat Man City 2-1 in a Division Two clash, but it’s fair to say that they’ve been at Manchester Club since then changed a lot.
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Man City will be without again Benjamin Mendy on Tuesday due to a club suspension while Zack Steffen is still self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, so Scott Carson could start between the sticks.
Guardiola has to assess the fitness of both of them John Stones and Laporte, who missed their side’s last two games but it seems unlikely that either center-back is involved, even if they are eligible.
Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko also missed against Southampton and remains doubtful while Guardiola is expected to make a number of changes to the team that started over the weekend.
Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Cole Palmer, Romeo Lavia and Samuel Edozie could all be in the starting XI while Phil Foden could get a spot in the XI as he’s working his way back from injury.
Wycombe, meanwhile, will make major changes with two goals against the team that started the league against Charlton on Saturday Garath McCleary among those expected to get off.
Experienced striker Adebayo Akinfenwa stands for a place in the last third of the field and there could be starts for Anise Mehmeti and Josh Scowen in the attack areas.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Ainsworth picks a back three at Etihad Stadium while there is likely to be a racket switch with David Stockdale be replaced by Adam Przybek.
Manchester City possible starting line-up:
Carson; Walker, Ake, Wilson-Esbrand, Cancelo; Palmer, Fernandinho, Lavia; Foden, F. Torres, Edozie
Wycombe Wanderers possible starting grid:
Przybek; Ram, Tafazolli, Jacobson; Kaikai, Burley, Pendlebury, Obita; Scowen, Akinfenwa, Mehmeti
Probability: Manchester City 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Guardiola is expected to make a number of changes for the clash with Wycombe, which will receive one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition. However, Saturday’s draw with Southampton should mean the hosts are on fire and we can’t see anything other than routine win for the Citizens.
Best betting tip for this match
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