Pep Guardiola expected to rotate squad for derby cup clash
Manchester United vs Manchester City
Competition: EFL Cup Fourth Round
Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 26th October 2016
Venue: Old Trafford, Trafford
Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: S Long, I Hussin Fourth Official: L Mason
Odds: United 6/4, Draw 12/5, City 7/4. To find a bookmaker, visit GamblingSites.com.
Tickets: Sold out
TV: Sky Sports
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Squad (from): De Gea, Romero, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Mata, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Depay,, Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Martial, Rooney, Rashford, Ibrahimovic
Injured: Fellaini, Bailly, Wilson, Jones
Form guide: LWDDW
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Adarabioyo, Angelino, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Maffeo, Otamendi, Stones, Zabaleta, Fernando, Fernandinho, Garcia, Gundogan, Navas, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho, Nolito
Injured: Sagna, De Bruyne, Delph
Form guide: DLDLD
Kevin De Bruyne is unavailable for selection after suffering a knock during the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday. The Belgian midfielder was withdrawn at half-time as a precuationary measure, and is a major doubt for Saturday's visit to The Hawthorns.
Pep Guardiola is expected to heavily rotate his starting line-up, with the likes of Willy Caballero, Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy, and Fernando all pushing for starts. The City manager, however, refused to downplay the significance of the game.
"It's always a big match against United," Guardiola said. "We have to see how the players recover and prepare for the game as best as possible and keep going."
City's last away game at Old Trafford was less than seven weeks ago, and ended in a 2-1 victory for City, with Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 48 of the 161 games played against United, with 48 draws and 65 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Caballero, Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Garcia, Gundogan, Nolito, Navas, Iheanacho
Score prediction: United 2 City 1