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How Manchester City could line up against Manchester United

Ahead of Wednesday's EFL Cup tie between Manchester City and Manchester United, Sports Mole looks at how the home side could line up at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City play host to Manchester United on Wednesday night looking to secure a place in next month's EFL Cup final.

City, who lifted the trophy in 2018 and 2019, hold a 3-1 advantage over their fierce rivals from the first leg thanks to Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an own goal from Andreas Pereira.

However, due to the club's hectic schedule since the beginning of December, Pep Guardiola has decisions to make regarding his team selection.

Here, Sports Mole predicts how City could line up for the fixture at the Etihad Stadium.


Out: Leroy Sane (knee)
Doubtful: Aymeric Laporte (fatigue), Riyad Mahrez (knock), Joao Cancelo (ankle)

> Click here for Manchester City's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Having taken the opportunity to rest players against Fulham in the FA Cup, Guardiola is expected to revert to his strongest XI for the meeting with United.

That should lead to recalls for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, with Gabriel Jesus and Mahrez dropping out of the starting lineup.

Kevin De Bruyne is also likely to come back into the team, potentially partnering Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan in a three-man midfield.

Benjamin Mendy or Oleksandr Zinchenko will replace Angelino at left-back, while John Stones could return to the side after a brief substitute outing at the weekend.

With Joao Cancelo having picked up a knock to his ankle, Kyle Walker should take the spot of the Portugal international at right-back.

Despite deputy goalkeeper Claudio Bravo being regularly used in cup competitions, Ederson is likely to get the nod on Wednesday night.

> Click here to see how Man United could line up for this match

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