Manchester City take on Oxford United tonight as they attempt to win this competition for the third season running.
City’s Premier League title hopes are fading fast but there is still plenty of silverware up for grabs for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Oxford have collected some impressive scalps in this competition this season however, sending West Ham packing after a 4-0 win at the Kassam Stadium in the third round back in September.
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Arsenal are finalising their plans to appoint Mikel Arteta as their new head coach on a three-and-a-half year contract.
The 37-year-old Spaniard has held extensive negotiations with senior club officials in the past 72 hours and he could be in place for Saturday’s game against Everton at Goodison Park.
The Manchester City No2 is due to be in the dugout for their Carabao Cup quarter-final at Oxford tonight and his return to Arsenal is expected to be finalised by the weekend. Arteta has concluded talks with Gunners director Josh Kroenke, the son of owner Stan Kroenke, who is now thought to be back in the US.
It would now take a drastic U-turn for Arteta (right) not be appointed to succeed compatriot Unai Emery. He wants the job and is prepared to leave his City role to return to the club for whom he made 149 appearances between 2011-16.
City are unhappy with Arsenal’s approach for Arteta, but they will not stand in his way should an agreement be reached for him. Pep Guardiola said yesterday he is hoping for a quick decision on his assistant’s future.
How will Manchester City line up?
Here’s how we have it…
Predicted Man City XI (4-3-3): Bravo; Cancelo, Otamendi, Garcia, Angelino; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
Guardiola on injuries
“Aguero is coming back. He did a big part of the training. The next step is to take part in the training session with the team.
“David is not ready. We will see after that on Thursday or Friday whether he can train for Leicester, we will see.”
Leroy Sane has also stepped up his recovery from knee ligament damage, but Guardiola could not give a time frame for the German winger’s return.
“It’s the next step to get to the pitch and the next round will be to start training with us and be part of the training session,” he said.
“A full training session is incredibly good news for him and for all of us. This is good.”
Manchester City team news
Sergio Aguero is set to hand Manchester City a boost by returning over the Christmas period.
The Argentina international has been out for nearly a month with a thigh strain, but is ready to step up training as he reaches the final stages of his recovery.
Tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Oxford is likely to come too soon for the striker, while David Silva is also out following a knock sustained in the derby defeat to Manchester United.
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Team news and lineups
Man City XI: Bravo, Cancelo, Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, Angeliño, Rodrigo, Zinchenko, Foden, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling
Subs: Carson, Gundogan, Jesus, Mendy, Otamendi, Bernabe, Diounkou
Prediction: Oxford 0-3 Manchester City
Guardiola showed last season he has no qualms deploying his big names against lower-league opposition – we expect more of the same this time around.
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