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Man City predicted lineup vs Southampton

Manchester City will look to seal a spot in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup when they face Southampton on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side are always among the favourites to win this competition and won’t expect any troubles from a Southampton side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Here’s how City could set up…

Julian Alvarez

Another chance for Alvarez? / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

GK: Stefan Ortega – An extended rest for Ederson with Ortega set to continue in his role as the cup goalkeeper.

RB: Rico Lewis – The teenager is quietly establishing himself as City’s best right-back and is definitely at least second in the pecking order. Joao who?

CB: John Stones – Stones has been the star of City’s defence this season and will likely start here after missing the Chelsea game.

CB: Manuel Akanji – Aymeric Laporte is back in action and will likely get some minutes here, but perhaps not from the start after playing the full 90 last time out.

LB: Sergio Gomez – Gomez absolutely cooked Chelsea’s backline and deserves another chance to start here.

DM: Kalvin Phillips – Remember this guy? He’s in line for his first start of the season.

CM: Phil Foden – Foden is under a bit of pressure to prove himself to Guardiola and needs some big showings in these cup games to re-establish himself.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – Risking Kevin De Bruyne or Bernardo Silva in this sort of game seems a little pointless. The industrious Gundogan should get the nod.

RW: Riyad Mahrez – A goalscorer phenom in recent weeks, Mahrez simply cannot be dropped at this point.

ST: Julian Alvarez – Alvarez bagged a penalty against Chelsea and should get another chance to play ahead of Erling Haaland

LW: Jack Grealish – Grealish was unwell for the Chelsea game but has since recovered and should return to the lineup.

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