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Manchester City look to continue their Carabao Cup defense with a tough draw against Burnley

Manchester City will likely give some of their youngsters more playing time tonight in the Carabao Cup fourth round match against Burnley

Less than a week after beating Bournemouth in the third round, thanks to goals from Liam Delap and Phil Foden, City are looking to extend their 16-game unbeaten streak in the Carabao Cup, having won the last three trophies, however, today’s game is the fourth of five games in just 13 games, with Pep Guardiola battling a number of injuries to the main players of the first team

City will be without Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus again, so Delap or academy striker Cole Palmer could play a part Aymeric Laporte and Aleks Zinchenko could return after benching in Sunday’s Premier League loss against Leicester, while Bernardo Silva also returned to training this week

Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo are set to miss again, although John Stones may recover from fitness issues to play a role again

It’s a stronger City team than expected and also a stronger Burnley team – maybe both managers thought they could steal one step over the other, or maybe they give both the greatest respect to the Carabao?

Either way, this sets us up for a brawl tonight in the rain that has been raining for about 47 hours without stopping – or it’s like that

City fans might not be happier to see Benjamin Mendy on this roster. But does Aleks Zinchenko’s absence hint at the arrival of another left-back?

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Otherwise, stay here and we’ll walk you through the game with regular updates from Turf Moor

Fernandinho was surprisingly taken out early in the second half against Leicester, and is now starting at center-back

One thing that is unclear is the front line Who accompanies De Bruyne in the midfield and who is in front? You assume Palmer is in midfield with Sterling in the lead again, but you’ll have to see

City fielding a remarkably strong side at Burnley, with returning Laporte, Walker, Mendy, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Rodri, Sterling and Mahrez all starting

Guardiola has done this before, but it may be a response to Leicester’s defeat.The players are behind the rest of the Premier League in terms of preparation, and it showed against the Foxes – it can be -be the best way to get the sharpness of the match

And with Liam Delap, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Tomy Doyle on the bench, the plan will be to win the game and then use the submarines

No one is too excited about tonight’s game, Burnley is set to eliminate a weakened squad as well

But Sunday’s result gave City a new complexion – another loss at rainy Turf Moor after this Leicester clash would add more question marks

A win could lift the spirits a bit, with City fans still worried that it will be another season like the last

One question Guardiola will have to weigh is the importance of the leaders for City

His squad mentally collapsed on Sunday and while this XI will have a lot of youngsters they may need more experienced vocals to command and calm Aymeric Laporte can help him if he makes his first appearance in the season, while Kyle Walker was the benchmark against Bournemouth in the last round

After four Carabao Cup rounds in as many weeks due to hectic scheduling issues this season, round five will only take place on December 22 or 23

If City progress tonight, they will discover their last eight opponents tomorrow night after the game between Liverpool and Arsenal

While Liam Delap, Felix Nmecha and Cole Palmer are part of the first team, City’s U21s showed no sign of missing them last night at Scunthorpe in the EFL Trophy

Two well-signed goals from Ben Knight and two more from Samuel Edozie sent City to the round of 16 with a game to spare

In the absence of recognized attackers, pressure should be on City forwards to show what they can do

Riyad Mahrez has done very little after beating this beauty against Leicester, while Ferran Torres has certainly spoken of a good game since signing from Valencia

Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling are already out of place, but they could rest for Leeds

These next two games will test whether Guardiola is correct in saying that City have the squad to compete on all fronts this season

The international break should allow most players to recover but Burnley and Leeds away are both tough tests for a team whose cracks have already shown

All eyes will be on the youngsters tonight, especially Liam Delap and Tommy Doyle, but most important for City will be the return of Aymeric Laporte

The defender should be able to start after being on the bench against Leicester and with nearly a fortnight of training under his belt after being forced into self-isolation after a positive Covid test

Aleks Zinchenko is also set to return, and with Ben Mendy being singularly horrific against the Foxes, the Ukraine international knows a good display could improve his chances of playing at Leeds on Saturday

Gabriel Jesus posted this on his Instagram showing him back at CFA sweating

Guardiola selected a young side for last week’s game and will likely make plenty of changes again as he looks to keep his squad fresh ahead of this weekend’s league encounter with Leeds United

The first change will likely come between the sticks, with Zack Steffen having another chance to impress in place of Ederson

There will likely be several changes along the baseline as well, though Eric Garcia can keep his place, he could switch to right-back in order to rest Kyle Walker, young Taylor Harwood-Bellis taking his place between

Aymeric Laporte could return to the starting lineup to get back in shape before the arrival of his new partner Ruben Dias, while Aleks Zinchenko could replace Benjamin Mendy

Fernandinho could keep his place in midfield after barely playing 50 minutes against Leicester, Phil Foden also keeping his place, but Tommy Doyle will likely come back to the side after impressing in the previous round

The last time City was at Turf Moor, the lights literally went out as the changing rooms darkened

They make the short trip tonight hoping that an unknown team can continue what has become the expected success in this competition

A lone loss won’t mean much, but they need some positive reinforcement after the beating they suffered on Sunday

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