West Brom v Manchester City preview: Ederson may be rested
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 20/09/17 7:40pm
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could rest goalkeeper Ederson for Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie at West Brom.
The Brazilian, who suffered facial wounds after a clash with Liverpool's Sadio Mane earlier this month, could make way for Claudio Bravo, in keeping with Guardiola's previous 'keeper rotation policy in this competition.
City enter the game on Wednesday in excellent form having most recently beaten Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road.
That result followed an equally impressive 4-0 win at Feyenoord in the Champions League and a 5-0 victory over top-four hopefuls Liverpool.
Opponents West Brom advanced past Accrington Stanley 3-1 to reach the Carabao Cup third round but they have not won since that match on August 22.
Since then they have been held to home draws by Stoke City and West Ham and suffered a 3-1 defeat to Brighton.
"I don't think we've got anything to lose - City are on fire at the moment," their manager Tony Pulis told West Brom's website.
"Everybody expects them to be close to winning the league this year so it'll be a tough game. We'll put out a strong team, have a go at it and give it the best we've got."
Jake Livermore will miss the game after being given time off by the Baggies.
The midfielder will return to training on Thursday having been given a break after boss Tony Pulis said he was mentally tired following a busy summer and reduced break after England duty.
Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) remain doubts after missing Saturday's 0-0 Premier League draw with West Ham but Gareth McAuley may return from a thigh injury.
Guardiola will make a decision on whether to start Ederson or Bravo, while captain Vincent Kompany (calf) will be assessed after returning to training and Ilkay Gunodgan could step up his return from a long-term knee injury.
It remains to be seen if veteran midfielder Yaya Toure is involved for the first time this season.
West Brom have faced Manchester City on four occasions in the League Cup; including a 2-1 loss in the 1970 League Cup final.
However, their most recent encounter came in September 2010 with West Brom running out 2-1 winners at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies have been eliminated in seven of the last nine League Cup ties against Premier League opposition, although one of those victories did come against Man City.
Manchester City have reached the fourth round in each of the last four seasons, with the Citizens winning the competition in both 2014 and 2016.
Tony Pulis has made it to the fourth round on five occasions in the League Cup, with current WBA manager last reaching there with Stoke in October 2011.