Tuesday 22 May 2018

Baggies' tough Blues test

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan

West Brom are the next side tasked with stopping free-scoring Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s side travel to The Hawthorns in the League Cup.

City are unbeaten in six games this season but have really hit their stride in the last three, scoring 15 goals without reply.

Liverpool and Watford were swept aside 5-0 and 6-0 respectively in the Premier League, with a 4-0 Champions League hammering of Feyenoord coming between those matches.

It remains to be seen how strong a side Guardiola opts to field in tonight’s third-round League Cup tie but his teams in the competition last year were mostly filled with senior men.

Some rotation is likely, with goalkeeper Ederson a strong candidate to be rested after playing two matches in protective headgear following his nasty clash with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.

The game might also provide the opportunity for midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to step up his return from a long-term knee injury or for captain Vincent Kompany to be eased back into action after a calf problem.

Yaya Toure and Fabian Delph would hope to be involved for the first time this season.

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