South Wales will be Manchester City's home for the remainder of this week. With two straight matches against Swansea City taking place at Liberty Stadium in a space of 67 hours, Pep Guardiola, his staff and the squad will not return to England in between games and will train at Dragon Park, home of the Welsh FA.
The Sky Blues face the Swans in two different competitons, with a Premier League match taking place on Saturday. But Wednesday's game will be in the EFL Cup, and City will look to have a successful start to their title defense. The League Cup was the Citizens' only trophy won last season, and thanks to Guardiola's perfect start to this campaign, this a title City wouldn't mind losing since they look like early favorites to win the most prestigious competitions.
Still, Guardiola is a maniac and hates losing, so he will look to beat Swansea and move on to the fourth round. He promises a changed lineup, however, with plenty of kids and reserves getting a chance to prove their worth. This should be a good game.
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Swansea starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left):
Nordfeldt | Ranger, v.d.Hoorn, Amat, Taylor | Fulton, Britton, Cork | Naughton, Borja, Routledge
Substitutes: Tremmel, Fernandez, Kingsley, Sigurdsson, Fer, Barrow, Llorente
Manager: Francesco Guidolin
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Man City starting lineup (4-1-4-1, R-L):
Caballero | Zabaleta, Kompany, Stones, Clichy | Fernando | Navas, Aleix, Angeliño, Sané | Iheanacho
Substitutes: Gunn, Adarabioyo, Maffeo, Sagna, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Brahim Díaz
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Guardiola makes ten changes from the weekend starters against Bournemouth, with only Kelechi Iheanacho staying in the team. Vincent Kompany returns from injury and makes his season debut alongside John Stones. Aleix García and Leroy Sané make their full debut, and Angeliño starts in midfield, which is very interesting. It's a surprisingly strong lineup, especially on defense, which means Pep will for a win and hopes to get a clean sheet. Good luck and no injuries, Kompany!
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