Man City MCI De Bruyne (29'), Mahrez (43', 83'), Foden (45+1), Torres (71'), Palmer (88')
6-1 FT
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Football League Cup Round 3
Sep 21, 2021 KO: 18:45

Man City - Wycombe

Etihad Stadium Manchester
Referee: Robert Jones
  22' Hanlan
De Bruyne 29'  
Mahrez 43'  
Foden 45+1  
Torres 71'  
Mahrez 83'  
Palmer 88'  

Match preview

League Cup defence begins – How Man City could line up against Wycombe Wanderers

Manchester City will grant chances to fringe players in the League Cup as they begin another defence of the competition.

Manchester City will begin their quest for a record ninth League Cup crown when they host Wycombe Wanderers in the third round on Tuesday night.

The Citizens have won six of the last eight iterations of the competition including the last four in a row, and Pep Guardiola will be out to continue filling the cabinets at the Etihad Stadium.

The Spaniard is likely to bring a much-changed side into the match with one eye on a blockbuster Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Regardless of the opponent or the competition, City will look to quickly move on from a disappointing draw against Southampton at the weekend with a positive performance and win over Wycombe.

Ederson could be given the night off in goal, but Zack Steffen’s positive COVID-19 test means veteran Scott Carson could be set for an appearance.

City have a number of defensive issues with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko all lacking fitness and Benjamin Mendy suspended, so Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo will likely have to continue in the full-back positions.

Nathan Ake should start again after scoring his first City goal in the Champions League last week alongside a potential senior debut for Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, who was named on the bench in the Southampton fixture.

Rodri is also a fitness concern so Fernandinho is likely to continue at the base of midfield, while Phil Foden could finally get his first start of the season after shaking off an injury over the summer.

Youngster Cole Palmer could complete the midfield for another senior debut, and Samuel Edozie will be hopeful of a start in attack after impressing in pre-season.

Ferran Torres was unused against Southampton and could come in to play the centre-forward role, with Riyad Mahrez on the right having played barely 20 minutes at the weekend.

Manchester City starting XI versus Wycombe Wanderers

Man City - Football tactics and formations

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Wycombe
  Average Match Rating  
6.9
  Home  
7.5
6.4
  Away  
8.2
6.7
  Total  
7.9

Match statistics

Man City
Statistics
Wycombe
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
12
11
Draws
1
4
Losses
7
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
41
28
Goals Per Game
2.05
1.40
More > 2.5 Goals
11
13
More > 3 Goals
6
7
Scored First in a Match
10
12
Scored Both Halves
7
5
Won More > 1 Goal
6
3
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
20
23
Did Not Score
5
3
Both Teams Scored
8
12
Kept Clean Sheet
8
8
Won Without Conceding
7
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
808
456
Possession
61
41
Passes
636
266
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
13
Shots on Target
5.00
3.79
Goals out of Shots
0.13
0.11
Crosses
18
15
Offsides
1.84
1.85
Penalties
0.10
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
12
19
Interceptions
7.23
12
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
12
27
Total Shots Conceded
8.45
11
Shots on Target Conceded
3.18
3.94
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.14
0.09
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
14
Yellow Cards
1.60
1.40
Red Cards
0.10
0.05