Manchester City will face recently-relegated Bournemouth in their third-round Carabao Cup match.
Manchester City have now learned their third round Carabao Cup opponents following Bournemotuh’s enthralling 11-10 penalty win over Crystal Palace. City will open the quest for their fourth straight League Cup trophy at home against the Cherries, who were recently relegated to the Championship and saw many of their star names remain in the top flight with other clubs.
City will no longer fear the threat of talisman Callum Wilson or Ryan Fraser, both of whom now ply their trade for Newcastle United. However, players such as David Brooks, Dominic Solanke, and Jefferson Lerma bring Premier League experience to the table, so City still must be able to give focus to the match in order to advance.
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City supporters should expect the exciting debut of goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who will look to duplicate Claudio Bravo’s cup successes as he looks to challenge Ederson’s number one position. In my view, Crystal Palace almost certainly presented the more difficult challenge given the serious transfer losses Bournemouth have taken this summer in their first season without former manager Eddie Howe since 2012.
Nonetheless, City will need to be at their best following a quick turnaround from their opening Premier League match against Wolves. Knockout football can be a very tricky beast, even in a competition City have dominated at historic levels as they have in the Carabao Cup under Pep Guardiola.
It may not be the biggest trophy on offer, but City are chasing history in this year’s competition, having not lost a League Cup match in 1,420 days. It’s a truly remarkable record, and one this squad will not want to let go to waste with an early exit.