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    Man City predicted lineup vs Southampton – Carabao Cup

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    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.

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    Here’s how City could set up…

    Julian Alvarez

    Another chance for Alvarez? / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

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    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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