Preview: City vs Hull, League Cup

City face Hull at home in the League Cup tonight and are expected to progress to the Semi Finals. November was a rough month for City with poor performances home and away but a comfortable win over Southampton at the weekend has helped steady the ship.

What is there to look out for tonight?

As we all know by now, City currently have a raft of injuries which means that squad rotation is pretty much out the window for tonight. There really aren’t a lot of options.

The returning David Silva should get some more minutes which always lifts the spirits, especially on nights like tonight where the ground will be half empty.

Martin Demichelis is also more than likely to play. Hull of course are the opponents against whom Demichelis had his greatest triumph in a City shirt so it would be a pleasure to see him replicate that. Alongside Demichelis we are likely to see Otamendi, Clichy and Sagna.

And on the subject of Sagna, the full back is one player who will possibly be given a break in favour of a youth team player this evening. Sagna himself has earned a rest and has a busy Christmas period in front of him. Pablo Maffeo in turn has earned a chance to step up and the League Cup is the perfect place to do it.

In midfield it seems likely we will see Fabian Delph again following a very good performance against Southampton. Yaya will probably play as captain even though it would be preferable to see him have a rest.

Bony will surely start up front though the fan’s choice would be Kelechi Iheanacho.

Other youth players have been touted – Patrick Roberts will surely feature at some point – but it really is impossible to predict Pellegrini’s plans in this regard.

The bottom line is that this is a very winnable game and represents a solid chance of silverware for City. Hull are not the main threat tonight – complacency is the danger. No one wants to see a humiliating, lacklustre cup exit again this season. Winning is a habit and with Stoke away a the weekend followed by the visit of Borussia Monchengladbach in the week it is imperative that City create a winning momentum.

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Written by Alex Timperley

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