Ilkay Gundogan says he and the players are eager to be back in Carabao Cup action ahead of Wednesday’s Round Four tie against West Ham United.

Our defence of the Carabao Cup crown continues at the London Stadium where we face David Moyes’ in-form Hammers, with kick-off scheduled for 19:45pm (UK).

The fixture represents a fourth match in the past 11 days since the end of the international break, as attentions turn back towards our pursuit of a record fifth-successive triumph in the competition.

But Gundogan, who was on target in Saturday’s victory over Brighton, insists the busy schedule is a product of the team’s success, as we aim to go the distance in all four domestic and European competitions.

Speaking ahead of our Carabao Cup match with West Ham, he said: “Yes, we are looking forward to it.

“It’s game by game, there’s not really much of a break between the games (but that is) kind of good as well.

“At the end of the day, we are competitors and want to play as much as possible.

“We’re going from competition to competition and now it’s onto the next one.”

City hold an imperious record at the London Stadium, winning five and drawing one of our six matches in all competitions while scoring 23 goals in the process.

However, the hosts have claimed victory in each of their last three matches in all competitions, including successive home wins against Belgian outfit KRC Genk in the Europa League and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League in the space of three days.

Gundogan is expecting David Moyes’ men to offer a stern test on Wednesday evening but is also confident that City have what it takes to be up to the challenge.


“It’s a tough game, an away game but I’m sure we’ll be ready,” he said.

“We will try our best to win that game and proceed as far as possible again in that competition.”

Comprehensive coverage of West Ham v Manchester City is available on and the official Man City app.

Our Matchday Centre gets underway at 17:45pm and provides minute-by-minute updates from the London Stadium, as well as detailed pre-match build-up and post-match reaction.

Matchday Live, our live pre-match show, goes live one hour before kick-off, with City legends Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison providing their expert insight on Pep Guardiola’s current crop, before reconvening for a half-time and post-match debrief.

A match report and reaction from both Pep Guardiola and players will appear on and our official app soon after the full-time whistle.

Highlights will be available from 01:00 (UK) on Thursday with a Full Match Replay for CITY+ subscribers published from midnight.