Preston v Man City team news

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is expected to name a strong side when his team make the short trip to Preston in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is expected to name a strong side when his team make the short trip to Preston in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

The Citizens travel to Deepdale to begin the defence of the League Cup fresh from having recorded their biggest Premier League victory at the weekend when beating Watford 8-0.

While it is expected there will be several changes to the team for the third-round tie, Guardiola has shown a tendency to field strong teams in the cup competitions, no matter the quality of opposition.

At this stage last season, Guardiola handed starts to David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Vincent Kompany in a 3-0 win over League One Oxford United.

The only confirmed absentees for City are Aymeric Laporte (knee), John Stones (thigh) and Leroy Sane (knee), and with few options to chose at centre-half, 18-year-old Eric Garcia could start in the heart of defence.

Garcia made his Premier League debut at the weekend and earned plenty of praise from Guardiola after his second-half cameo against Watford.

He could partner Nicolas Otamendi at the back, with youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis acting as cover from the bench after his promotion to the first-team squad.

Joao Cancelo and Angelino could start as the full-backs, while Phil Foden is likely to be in midfield after he missed the last two games through illness.

Raheem Sterling could come back into the side after being an unused substitute against Watford, with Gabriel Jesus likely to lead the line after his recovery from injury.

City, who have won the last two editions of the League Cup, start as the heavy favourites to come out on top at Deepdale, but find themselves up against a Preston side who have started the season well.

The Lilywhites currently sit third in the Championship table, one point behind leaders Leeds, and boss Alex Neil is set to name his strongest XI.

Ben Pearson is a doubt after he went down with cramp in Saturday’s win over Birmingham City, while Billy Bodin missed that game with a calf strain and could sit out once again.

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