Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is taking no chances with tonight’s Carabro Cup semi final 2nd leg game against Championship side Bristol City. Despite leading 2-1 from the first leg, thanks to a late, late winner from Sergio Aguero he is aware of the danger Bristol City can produce.
In his pre match interviews the Catalonian has hinted their could be some changes to his team, but victory is still his number one priority has he seeks his first Trophy as City boss.
Keeper Claudio Bravo is expected to return as he has featured in all of domestic cup games this season, while Oleksandr Zinchenko could keep his place after impressing in his first start for the club during their 3-1 win over Newcastle at the weekend. Also expected to feature is Yaha Toure and Brahim Diaz. The quartet that defiantly won’t be playing includes captain Vincent Kompany whose horror season continues with a calf injury, while young midfielder Phil Foden hasn’t recovered from an ankle injury along with striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Benjamin Mendy who both have knee injuries.
For the home side, Bristol manager is still being optimistic as he welcomes the Premier League leaders to Ashton Gate, but will leave it to the final possible minute before naming his side as he wants on the results of Frank Fielding and Nathan Baker’s fitness tests. Fielding who started in the first leg is rated as doubtful due to a groin injury, while defender Baker is more hopeful he has recovered from an ankle issue.
On current form and a 2 -1 lead from the first leg the premier league side will go into this game as heavy favorites, but after already disposing of 4 other Premier league teams in their cup run including Manchester United, Bristol have shown before they like the ‘underdog’ status and with that crucial away goal already in the pocket they will be playing 100% for a shot at either Chelsea or Arsenal in the final.