Man City set for another major Carabao Cup walkover

Manchester City have a history of recording massive League Cup semi-final walkovers and they could be set for a repeat this week.

While Tottenham and Chelsea slug it out in the other last-four tie, City are set to welcome Burton Albion to the Etihad Stadium for the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

And fresh from thumping Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup at the weekend, City could rack up a repeat of their 9-0 two-legged thrashing of West Ham in 2014.

City to show no mercy

Pep Guardiola does not know how to take his foot off the gas.

He named a strong side against Rotherham, featuring the likes of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne and, as expected, they duly overwhelmed their Championship opposition.

“Their slowest player is quicker than my quickest player,” said manager Paul Warne post-thumping.

And the story is set to be repeated against Burton, who sit a tier below Rotherham in the Football League pyramid.

The likes of Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho were all rested against the Millers, meaning Guardiola has plenty of fresh first-team players to call upon.

After beating the Irons 9-0 in 2014, this one could well hit double figures.

Trust in youth

Eric Garcia could play on his 18th birthday, having lasted the full 90 minutes in the previous round against Leicester, while Arijanet Muric will surely play in goal, having featured in all of their previous Carabao Cup outings. Philippe Sandler, too, could be involved after coming on as a substitute against Rotherham.

Nevertheless, there is a ridiculously deep squad available to Guardiola, and they boast more attacking firepower than most teams on the continent.

Whether or not Aguero starts, or Kevin De Bruyne features, the likes of Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus lie in wait.

Burton have done exceedingly well to come this far, taking the scalps of Aston Villa, Burnley and Middlesbrough along the way, but their run will surely end here.

There are few teams in the world who can stop a City team in full flow, and Burton may just have to pray they keep the score down.

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