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.
Wycombe: Stockdale, Jacobson, Gape, Stewart, Tafazolli, Wheeler. Kaikai, Hanlan, Akinfenwa, Obita, McCarthy
Aside from Zack Steffen returning, City’s back four and holding midfielder are all playing their first senior game.
Egan-Riley, Mbete, Burns, Wilson-Esbrand and Lavia (pictured below) will need Steffen's leadership and voice as they settle into the task.
It will be a test for the youngsters, but what an opportunity to shine in front of Pep and the Etihad crowd.
The back four will be Egan-Riley at right-back, Mbete and Burns in the centre and Wilson-Esbrand is our left back.
Can City do it for a fifth time?
Winning competitions domestically is no mean feat in England as the 35-year wait we had between trophies from 1976 to 2011 proves.
So, in 2021, to be talking about City winning the same trophy for the fifth time in a row is quite incredible.
People in the media have nicknamed the Carabao Cup ‘the Manchester City cup’ – after four successes in a row equalled the record set by Liverpool in the early 1980s.
Now, City can go one better.
Other teams will have seen our success and want a day out at Wembley early next year – and there are plenty of teams left in who haven’t won a cup for a number of years, so it won’t be easy.
- In four previous meetings between the sides, City have only won once, a 4-0 League Cup win at Maine Road back in the 1995/96 season.
- The Chairboys recorded a League One double over City in 1998/99, winning 2-1 at Maine Road and 1-0 at Adams Park.
- City are setting out in search of what would be a historic fifth straight Carabao Cup triumph.
- Another League Cup success this term would also see City lift the trophy for a record-breaking ninth time overall.