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Tuesday 21 September 2021
Kickoff at 19:45 BST
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

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Pep Guardiola has handed five Academy graduates their debut for tonight’s game against Wycombe Wanderers.
CJ Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, Fin Burns, Josh Wilson-Esbrand and Romeo Lavia all make their first team bows against the Chairboys as the manager keeps good his word to use the Club’s production line of talent.

TEAMS

City: Steffen, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Burns, Wilson-Esbrand, Lavia, De Bruyne (c), FodenSterlingMahrezTorres

Subs: Carson, Dias, Jesus, Bernardo, Cancelo, Palmer, McAtee

Wycombe: Stockdale, Jacobson, Gape, Stewart, Tafazolli, Wheeler. Kaikai, Hanlan, Akinfenwa, Obita, McCarthy

Matchday Live

Former City duo Paul Dickov and Michael Brown join presenter Cel Spellman on our Matchday Live show.

Getting underway one hour before kick-off and available on all digital platforms, the show provides unmissable pre-match, half-time and post-match coverage for each and every City game.

Combining expert insight with a unique blend will be two guest pundits ahead of kick-off before reconvening at the break and following the full-time whistle.

Time permitting, our special guests will also react to the boss’ post-match interview and answer viewer questions.

Pep Guardiola Preview

“Now we are going to play the Carabao Cup.

“We are going to see how many people recover for the next days because we are in difficult conditions right now but we will go there to London, Paris and Liverpool to do good games absolutely.

“Football depends a lot on how well we do our process in the build-up and when that happens the strikers play better, our wingers play better and our attacking midfielders play better.

“Against Southampton we struggled a little bit for that. They know it exactly. Sometimes the opponent plays well and If you analyse why we didn't create chances against Southampton, it was for that reason.”

WATCH: Pep: Our only focus now is Wycombe

Last time out

City were frustrated by a resolute and inventive Southampton at the Etihad on Saturday.

The champions saw an added time goal chalked off for offside in what was an off-colour display by Pep Guardiola's men.

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WYCOMBE WANDERERS

The Chairboys returned to winning ways with a home win over Charlton Athletic to move within two points of the League 1 summit.

Gareth Ainsworth's side beat the Addicks 2-1 with a brace from Garath McCleary securing three points at Adams Park.

Form guide

We face Wycombe having gone unbeaten in our last five games in all competitions.

City have won three games and drawn one at the Etihad, scoring 16 goals in the process.

Our opponents currently sit fifth in League One with 14 points from their seven matches so far.

After an opening day defeat to Sunderland, they are unbeaten in eight games, two of which were penalty shoot-out wins over Stevenage and Exeter in the Carabao Cup.

Last meeting

In the four meetings between the clubs, City have only won once.

The last time the pair met was during the 1998/99 campaign, with the Chairboys winning 1-0 at Adams Park and 2-1 at Maine Road in the return. On the same weekend, Pep Guardiola played for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid in a 1-1 draw!

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• The two sides have met only once in the League Cup – back in 1995/96. City progressed with a 4-0 aggregate win – all of the goals scored in the second leg at Maine Road.

• City, who have won the League Cup in the last four seasons, have not been eliminated from this competition by a side from outside the Premier League since September 2008 against Brighton, and have lost just once as a top-flight side at home against a side from outside the top-flight (W35 D9 L1) – a 1-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest in December 1993.

• Wycombe are looking to become the first ever side from the bottom two divisions of the Football League to win away from home against the holders of the competition in League Cup history (D5 L15 previously). The last side from outside the top-flight to do so were Grimsby Town in October 2001 against Liverpool, winning 2-1 in extra-time.

Pep Guardiola has progressed from 36 of his 37 previous cup ties against sides from outside the top-flight in his career with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, failing only in the FA Cup fifth round in 2017/18 against Wigan Athletic, losing 1-0. No manager has won more League Cup matches in their first 25 fixtures in charge in the competition than Guardiola has while with City (W19 D4 L2).

• Holders City have only lost one of our last 23 matches in the League Cup (W18 D4), with that lone defeat coming against Manchester United in the semi-final second leg in 2019/20, although we did still progress to the Final. We haven’t conceded more than one goal in any of our last 18 League Cup matches, shipping just eight goals in the process.

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