Burton Albion v Manchester City: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Carabao Cup 2018-19
After the 9-0 mauling at the Etihad last week, Manchester City travel to the small Pirelli Stadium in Staffordshire to face Burton Albion in the second leg of the Carabao Cup in what might most likely be a chance for the fringe players in the Manchester City squad to make a name for themselves.
The dream run of the Brewers looks to have finally come to an end this week, officially, after the League One conceded 9 in their opening leg. The League One side had a tournament to remember with memorable victories against Championship sides Aston Villa, Nottingham Forrest and Middlesbrough as well as a victory over Premier League side Burnley in their run to the semifinals. The Brewers will most likely want to end their run with another upset victory over the Citizens.
A mini blip in December by the Citizens was quickly followed by impressive victories as Manchester City looks to continue with their dream of a quadruple in the English Football. The Citizens are on a 5-match winning streak with the last four matches culminating with the Citizens conceding 0 goals while scoring a mammoth 22 goals.
Nigel Clough has confirmed that midfielders James Allen and Scott Fraser are a doubt for the upcoming clash with the rest of the squad fully fit.
Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports of City trying to assemble a very weak squad with the Spaniard confirming that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will be in the starting lineup while Benjamin Mendy is sure to make an appearance after recovering from an injury that has kept him out for almost 2 months.
Vincent Kompany and long term absentee Claudio Bravo are expected to miss the clash after Pep confirmed that the club captain is not fit.
Burton Albion(4-5-1): Collins; Hutchinson, Turner, Buxton, Brayford; Akins, Templeton, Wallace, Quinn, Harness, Boyce
Manchester City(4-3-3): Muric; Danilo, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy; Foden, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sane, Jesus, Mahrez