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West Brom v City: Carling Cup preview

22 Sep 2010 10:26:19

| Submit Comments| Comments (33)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapSET TO START: Shay GivenManchester City embark on this season?s Carling Cup quest determined to make up for the bitter disappointment of last season?s semi-final defeat by United. But Roberto Mancini has already run into selection problems ahead of tonight?s third round tie with West Brom. He wants to make up to seven changes with one eye on the Saturday lunchtime showdown with leaders Chelsea. But continuing injury problems, especially in defence, mean he is struggling to do so without seriously weakening the team. Shay Given is set for his first start of the season and Mancini will decide today whether to play Emmanuel  Adebayor up front or save him for a place on the subs bench in three days? time. But Shaun Wright-Phillips, Patrick Vieira and Dedryck Boyata are all primed for starts at the Hawthorns and Jo is also likely to start whether Adebayor is available or not. Chelsea, who face Newcastle at home tonight, are unlikely to risk any of their first team with less than the customary 72 hours of recovery time before their trip to play City. But the Blues are caught by the desire to win a trophy this season and know the Carling Cup offers a real chance. They came close last season, losing out late in the second leg of a hard-fought tie with United  and Mancini reckons that hurt is still fresh in the memory. ?That was a very difficult moment because we deserved to get extra time against United,? he said. ?In the two games we played against them, we were at the same level, and that made it difficult to lose. But that is football. ?I hope we can have a different situation this year. In the first game against them, we had a load of problems ? we had a few injured players and Adebayor had just arrived back from Togo two days before.? But Mancini has a real headache in getting the balance right between putting out a team capable of winning at West Brom and still being competitive against Chelsea. ?We have a lot of problems at this moment and must change five or six, maybe seven, players,? said the manager. ?If we don?t it would be impossible to play the next game against Chelsea because we play at 12.30 on Saturday and players need time to recover. ?The injuries are the same as the last game. Jerome Boateng is OK ? but he needs to work for a week or 10 days because his preparation was not good because of his injury. ?I have only four defenders at this moment. I can?t take risks because I don?t want people to say we didn?t go to West Brom to win the game. We will change players but we still want to win.? Mancini is desperate to get his injured players back, especially new boys Mario Balotelli, Aleksandar Kolarov and Jerome Boateng. And he hinted that their return would see a different tactical approach and only then will we see City at their best. ?Sometimes I choose a player for a tactical situation,? he said. ?For example at the moment I don?t have Boateng and Kolarov, two different players who push up a lot. ?I could play with two or three strikers if I had these players available. ?We need to stay close to the top four teams and when all the players are recovered we can have a go, so maybe that will start to happen after the international break.? West Bromwich Albion (from): Carson, Tamas, Jara, Olsson, Shorey, Thomas, Barnes, Scharner, Brunt, Reid, Fortune, Dorrans, Odemwingie, Myhill, Ibanez, Bednar, Tchoyi, Zuiverloon, Wood, Cox, Mantom Manchester City (from): Given, Hart, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, K. Toure, Boyata, Cunningham, Wright-Phillips, A. Johnson, de Jong, Vieira, Barry, Y. Toure, Milner, Silva, Tevez, Adebayor, Jo, Santa Cruz Key opponent: Chris Brunt ? the winger was the Baggies? top scorer last season and has a penchant for important and spectacular goals Prediction: West Brom 1 City 2 - Not the easiest draw for City, but this competition arguably represents the Blues' best chance of silverware so they will be up for it Agree with the prediction? Have your say. Click here for all the latest odds from Betfred. | Submit Comments| Comments (33)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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