Manchester City and Chelsea meet in a mouthwatering EFL Cup Third Round clash on Wednesday night to really whet the appetite ahead of the weekend’s concluding round of fixtures before the World Cup.
Pep Guardiola has made the EFL Cup his playground since pitching up at the Etihad, monopolising the competition between 2017/18 and 2020/21, but his side came unstuck last season to West Ham and he will no doubt be eager to reclaim his domestic crown to further enhance his legacy.
It’s been a real baptism of fire for Graham Potter in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, with the former Brighton boss already facing Manchester United and Arsenal. Having lost to the latter on Sunday, he could do with a morale-boosting response from his players this midweek to take some of the early pressure off his shoulders.
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Man City team news
Joao Cancelo misses out here as he serves out his one-game suspension from his sending off at the weekend, with bans applying to all domestic competitions in England. With Kyle Walker still out injured, Guardiola has a bit of a selection headache at right-back, with 17-year-old Rico Lewis his most likely option after the fledging No. 2 scored against Sevilla in last week’s Champions League. Kalvin Phillips is also out of contention with a shoulder complication.
Guardiola could be tempted to start Erling Haaland from the off on Wednesday following his return at the weekend, as he entered the field late on to snatch a last-gasp winner against Fulham. The City boss would have loved nothing more than to keep his star players on ice this week, but given the level of opposition, Haaland could be parachuted into the first team, and he enters this blockbuster bout fresh from matching his father Alfie’s entire Premier League goals tally at the weekend (18 goals).
Chelsea team news
Potter has not had the best of luck on the injury front since succeeding Thomas Tuchel in the Stamford Bridge dugout. The likes of N’Golo Kante, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Carney Chukwuemeka are all currently sidelined, limiting Potter’s capacity to rotate if he has genuine aspirations of challenging for silverware in this competition.