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League Cup Preview: Manchester City – Scunthorpe United

By Will Ashwell

Kick-Off: Wednesday, October 28, 19:45 BST
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester.

Mark Hughes looks to field his strongest side possible amidst some high-profile injuries when Scunthorpe United come to visit Eastlands in the League Cup. With City out of European competition this season, Hughes will certainly be taking the League Cup seriously in an effort to end the club’s 34 year trophy drought.

After a disappointing series of draws in the league, most recently at home to Fulham, City have failed to show the cutting edge that is necessary to break into the top four. Defensive lapses have proved costly and Hughes is struggling to find the answer to quell the problem. Advancing in the League Cup is a must for Hughes and his new-look side as the Citizens' winning ways have subsided after a ferocious start to the season.

Scunthorpe United will feel a bit like David going against Goliath when they visit Eastlands on Wednesday, with the newly promoted Championship side coming up against the richest club on the planet.

Nigel Adkins' men have had a tough time away from home as of late, losing their last three games on the road as they sit close to the bottom of the Championship table. Pulling one off against Manchester City seems like a tall order for Scunthorpe, but if anyone is going to be knocked out in an upset it might as well be the richest team in the land.

FORM GUIDE

Manchester City


Man City 2-1 Fulham (League Cup)
Man City 3-1 West Ham (Premier League)
Aston Villa 1-1 Man City (Premier League)
Wigan 1-1 Man City (Premier League)
Man City 2-2 Fulham (Premier League)

Scunthorpe

Nottingham Forest 2-0 Scunthorpe (Championship)
Plymouth 2-1 Scunthorpe (Championship)
Scunthorpe 3-0 Sheffield United (Championship)
Scunthorpe 2-0 Newcastle United (Championship)
Peterborough 3-0 Scunthorpe (Championship)


TEAM NEWS

Manchester City

Martin Petrov is out after picking up a knee injury against Fulham.

Kolo Toure will also miss the Cup clash after re-aggravating an ankle injury which saw him substituted late on in the Fulham encounter.

Left-back Wayne Bridge also looks certain to miss out with a knee aggravation.

Pablo Zabaleta returns in the Cup after being suspended in the league.

Rumors abound that Robinho could make an earlier than expected return from his leg fracture to line-up against Scunthorpe, although Hughes has yet to confirm the Brazilian’s recovery.

Striker Roque Santa Cruz could also make the tie after recovering from tonsillitis.

Last Starting XI (Fulham): Given; Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge; Bellamy, De Jong, Barry, Petrov; Tevez, Adebayor.

Scunthorpe

Gary Hooper looks to make an impact in this game after missing out on Scunthorpe's match against Peterborough with a foot injury.

David Mirfin could return after recovering from an illness.

Ben May is out with an ankle injury.

Josh Lillis should return from injury to take a spot on the bench as back-up goalkeeper.

Last Starting XI (Peterborough): Murphy, Spence, Byrne, Jones, Williams, O'Connor, Togwell, J. Wright, Woolford, Hayes, Forte.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Manchester City


Roque Santa Cruz could get his chance to impress against Scunthorpe after battling back from illness. Underwhelming in his performances as of late, the former Blackburn man has already stated he is content to be a squad player, but Hughes will be hoping his newly acquired striker can shine when it counts.

Scunthorpe United

Joint leading goalscorer Grant McCann should lead Scunthorpe on Wednesday against Manchester City. The midfielder will be hoping City continue their disappointing defensive run so the Championship minnows can take their chances to advance in the League Cup in an upset.

PREDICTION

Manchester City 2-0 Scunthorpe United