Manchester City’s quest for an unprecedented fifth successive Carabao Cup triumph continues against West Ham on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s side travel to the London Stadium in terrific form having taken apart both Club Brugge and Brighton in the space of a week.
The hosts are in good touch, too, but City‘s record in this competition makes them heavy favourites to advance to the quarter-finals.
Here’s the side Guardiola may pick to get the job done…
Zack Steffen (GK) – The Carabao Cup is Steffen’s chance to show City supporters just how good he is.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – It’s not certain that the Portuguese will start at right-back, far from it, but Guardiola has hinted at playing more experience in this round.
John Stones (CB) – One of England’s first choice central defenders, Stones isn’t guaranteed the same gig at club level. Cup duty it is.
Nathan Ake (CB) – Likewise, Ake is very much resigned to cup and less strenuous Champions League duties,
Josh Wilson-Esbrand (LB) – Keen to promote youth, Guardiola may keep faith with young Wilson-Esbrand at left-back.
Fernandinho (DM) – The old timer of City’s midfield is super reliable when called upon; this could be one of those occasions.
Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – Rotation has allowed De Bruyne to manage his minutes and injury niggles well, and his quality may be called upon to ensure victory.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (CM) – Usually a left-back for City, this game may provide Zinchenko with the opportunity to play in his more favoured – and natural – position in central midfield.
Cole Palmer (RW) – Phil Foden has stolen all of the headlines recently, but he’s not the only local lad to show promise this season. Enter, Cole Palmer – a real star of the future.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – God knows who will get the gig up starting up front for City here. Jesus will hope it’s him.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – The star of England’s Euro 2020 campaign is now cup fodder and a Premier League benchwarmer. C’mon Raheem, get yourself back in the side.