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Carling Cup - City draw West Brom

A trip to Hawthorns in round 3 of the Carling Cup was the result of this lunchtimes Carling Cup draw.

You imagine that this is a tournament that Roberto Mancini will look to not only utilise his squad, but possibly even give some of the Academy graduates (notably the like of Ibrahim, Nimely and Cunningham) serious playing time.

This is especially so given the run of fixtures that will be faced following the international break next weekend, as there will be midweek games each week for the remainder of the month - with fixtures against Chelsea and Juventus (albeit both at home) following the tie.

That said, although avoiding one of the top sides, it is still a potentially difficult fixture to navigate so expect , although, judging by their victory in round 2 it looks as though West Brom themselves are also likely to field a much changed side.