Pep Guardiola opted not to play his full-strength lineup in the previous match against Huddersfield, and a few bench players like Claudio Bravo and Jesus Navas started in that match. This should be the case again on Wednesday at the Etihad.
Huddersfield, however, are also likely to rotate their squad. The main priority for manager David Wagner is promotion from the Championship, so they may not start their usual eleven.
Here’s a look at a few players who could affect the match.
Huddersfield’s German center back is one of the club’s biggest leaders this year, playing in every Championship match this season. He scored as a substitute against Barnsley in a 1-1 draw last week.
He specializes in the air, winning four aerial duels a game. Look for Schindler to mast the Huddersfield defense against the Citizens.
After a massive transfer from Barcelona, Bravo has not proven his worth at the Etihad. Allowing one goal after another, he finally lost out his spot to Willy Caballero.
However, a fantastic performance here could see him earn a chance to return regularly, as he already held the clean sheet with a few saves in the first leg. Bravo must play well to regain his spot in the starting lineup.
One of the youngest players in an already young squad, 20-year-old Isaiah Brown recovered from a concussion suffered against Barnsley and could make his return to the starting lineup.
While Brown does not play often, he produces two shots a game, which is second on the Huddersfield squad. Brown may lead the Huddersfield attack if David Wagner rotates his side.
With the injury of Gabriel Jesus, many predicted to see the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho more often to fill in as a backup for Sergio Agüero. However, the young Nigerian is still a rare occurrence in the City lineup.
This will hopefully change against Huddersfield, and Iheanacho may finally be given a chance to start and prove his talents as a young player. Pep Guardiola should rest Agüero before the Premier League matches return and give Iheanacho another chance.