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23 September 2019

Manager Alex Neil is not expecting to have any selection issues ahead of the visit of Manchester City to Deepdale.

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Ticket Information: Manchester City

23 September 2019
Billy Bodin missed the weekend’s trip to St Andrew’s with a slight calf problem, but this is not serious and he is expected to be fit to return quickly.
 
There were no further problems from the victory over the Blues, that saw North End move into the top three in the Championship, meaning just long-term casualty Louis Moult and club captain Tom Clarke – who is nearing a return to training – are absent from the squad.
 
The real dilemma for the manager will be what he does with his team. The first two rounds saw 11 and ten changes respectively and everyone who is available will be chomping at the bit to be involved, but only 18 can be.
City begin the defence of the Carabao Cup, having won it for the last two years, at Deepdale on Tuesday night.
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How To Follow The Game: Manchester City Home

23 September 2019
At this stage last year City faced League One side Oxford United and played a fairly strong side with the likes of David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Vincent Kompany all starting.
 
They come into the game following the 8-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday, but even this side saw a degree of rotation with a busy schedule coming up for the Premier League champions.
 
There are likely to be changes to the side that beat the Hornets, the first will likely be in goal, with second choice Claudio Bravo set to start.
 
The defence will also likely see a number of changes. Summer £60m signing Joao Cancelo may make his full debut and youngster Eric Garcia will also likely get a start and he could replace Fernandinho, partnering Nicolas Otamendi in the middle.
Angelino may get the nod to make his first start over first choice Aleks Zinchenko at left back with Benjamin Mendy another option, having played 45 minutes at the weekend.
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We've Met Before: Manchester City Home

23 September 2019
Ilkay Gundogan should come in at the base of midfield and should Phil Foden be fit after his bout of illness then he is an almost certain starter and could play alongside David Silva in midfield, with Kevin De Bruyne being rested.
 
In attack Guardiola could call upon two players who played no part in the 8-0 victory, with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both coming into the attack.
 
That leaves a final slot on one of the flanks to be filled and while the likes of Mahrez and hat-trick hero Bernardo Silva could easily play there, nut Adrian Bernabe and Jayden Braaf impressed in the UEFA Youth League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk and may be given an invaluable opportunity.

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