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Predicted 4-3-3 Manchester City XI to face Burton Albion

Manchester City steamrolled League One outfit Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at the Etihad, virtually ending the contest and the opposition’s fairytale cup run.

The Citizens beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 in a comprehensive manner and Pep Guardiola’s men will once again be the favourites to destroy the opposition when they make the trip to the Pirelli Stadium to face Burton.

The fans might get to catch a glance of some of the young players in action, with Guardiola likely to field a weakened line-up. Burton certainly do not have a chance of turning the tables but they will be looking to come away with a respectable scoreline in front of their own fans.

Team News

Benjamin Mendy is back to training but he is not likely to play a part on Wednesday night while Vincent Kompany might be pushing for a return from his muscular injury. Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are long-term absentees for the Citizens.

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Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Predicted XI

1. Arijanet Muric (GK)

The youngster did a fantastic job in the penalty shootout against Leicester City earlier in the cup and he should get the nod between the sticks for this one.

2. Kyle Walker (RB)

The Englishman looked fairly secure at the back against Huddersfield on Sunday and he should start in the dead-rubber.

3. Eric Garcia (CB)

The youngster made his senior debut earlier in the cup and Guardiola should hand him another start on Wednesday.

4. John Stones (CB)

Nicolas Otamendi played in the Premier League so Guardiola might just rotate the squad and give the Englishman a start for this one.

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5. Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB)

The Ukrainian wasn’t in the matchday squad for the Premier League game on Sunday but he might just get a start in the dead-rubber.

6. Fabian Delph (CDM)

The Englishman hasn’t had the chance to play in central midfield due to the presence of Fernandinho but Guardiola should hand him a start in his preferred position for this one.

7. Bernardo Silva  (RAM)

The Portuguese international came off the bench on Sunday which might be an indication that he is going to start against Burton.

8. Phil Foden (LAM)

The youngster has proved his worth in the limited opportunities he has been given and this might be a golden chance for him to impress the manager.

9. Riyad Mahrez (RW)

Guardiola should rest Sterling and allow the Algerian to get some regular minutes on Wednesday.

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10. Leroy Sane (LW)

The tricky German playmaker has been in wonderful form this season and he should once again be amongst the starters for this one.

11. Gabriel Jesus (ST)

Aguero played on Sunday but Guardiola is likely to turn to the in-form Brazilian to deliver the goods in the Carabao Cup.

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