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Man City vs Bournemouth LIVE score and goal updates as Liam Delap scores on debut

Manchester City's defence of the Carabao Cup begins with a home tie in Round Three with Championship side Bournemouth.

Manchester City are looking to begin their Carabao Cup defence with a win over Bournemouth tonight, after winning the competition for the last three seasons.

City last lost in this competition almost four years ago, and are on an 18-match winning run in the Carabao Cup. After beating Aston Villa in the final last season, City are back in the competition with different priorities this season.

Pep Guardiola knows a trip to Burnley awaits for the winner, which would be the fourth of five fixtures in 13 days for his injury-hit squad. As a result, the manager said he would look to his academy for players to ease the pressure on his senior squad. Guardiola knows he will be without Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, and Aleks Zinchenko, while Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia are back in training after missing the Wolves win.

The likes of Tommy Doyle, Adrian Bernabe and Liam Delap were on the bench at Molineux and could be called up, as well as fellow academy players like Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Cole Palmer who have trained with the first team in recent months. Zack Steffen is also set to make his debut.

Follow below for build-up, live match updates and post-game reaction from the Etihad.

35' - City 1-1 BournemouthJoe Bray

Bernabe can't continue

Benjamin Mendy is on, as Bernabe can't continue.

It's a shame for Bernabe, who looked good going forward, but not as comfortable with having to look after the entire left flank and it cost City for the Bournemouth goal.

Mendy is on.

34' - City 1-1 BournemouthJoe Bray

Bernabe injury concern

Adrian Bernabe goes down and needs attention from the physios. Benjamin Mendy is out to warm up, but Bernabe is back on his feet at least.

32' - City 1-1 BournemouthJoe Bray

Delap breaks seven year City record

28' - City 1-1 BournemouthSimon Bajkowski

Captain Walker leading by example

It’s testament to Walker’s fitness and character that he’s starting tonight.

City don’t really have another option but they didn’t at left-back and have simply decided to play without a recognised player in that position. It is especially notable with no fans how Walker carries instructions across the defence and the team, and his experience will be crucial tonight.

Manchester City's English defender Kyle Walker (L) vies with Bournemouth's Spanish defender Diego Rico (R) during the English League Cup third round football match between Manchester City and Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west of England, on September 24, 2020. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

27' - City 1-1 BournemouthJoe Bray

Bournemouth sub

Lloyd Kelly picks up an injury, and he's replaced by Jordan Zemura.

24' - City 1-1 BournemouthJoe Bray

Bernabe caught out

Replays show Adrian Bernabe out of position there, allowing Surridge to collect the ball, turn and shoot in the area.

That's the danger of playing with a fluid, interchangeable back three without a recognised left-back. There was space to exploit for Bournemouth, and they took it emphatically.

21' - City 1-1 BournemouthKEY EVENT

Bournemouth equalise

Sam Surridge finds the bottom corner. Good response from them.

21' - City 1-0 BournemouthStuart Brennan

Two other youngsters impressing

Before that goal, Tommy Doyle had been the stand-out player so far - plenty of aggression and he hasn’t misplaced a single pass yet.

Foden is shouldering the burden, creating City’s three chances so far - so mature for a 20-year-old.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Tommy Doyle of Manchester City controls the ball as Sam Surridge of AFC Bournemouth (left) looks on during the Carabao Cup third round match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on September 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

17' - City 1-0 BournemouthKEY EVENT

Liam Delap scores

A debut goal!

He got on the end of a through-ball from Phil Foden and guides the ball, first time, into the top corner with his left foot.

Finished like a seasoned pro.

Liam Delap scores Man City's opener

16' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray

Mahrez shot saved

Riyad Mahrez gets in behind the defence, but sees his shot saved behind for a corner.

Rodri gets his head to the corner, but it's wide.

15' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray

Good running from Delap

Liam Delap just made a great run forward, holding up a ball and feeding the run of Riyad Mahrez, who just couldn't find the striker on the return pass.

11' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray

Torres forces the save

Ferran Torres, who's been quiet so far in a more central striker role alongside Liam Delap, chests down a forward ball from Phil Foden and forces a save from the goalkeeper.

His control had forced him wide.

9' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray

Bournemouth possession

Bournemouth have a period of possession and look to send the ball forward but the flag is up for offside.

It's a game of few chances so far, but it's not often City allow a visiting side to have so much time on the ball, even if they weren't doing much with it.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Liam Delap of Manchester City looks on during the Carabao Cup third round match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on September 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

6' - City 0-0 BournemouthSimon Bajkowski

The best form of defence

City blew Wolves away from the front on Monday night and it looks like this will be their best chance of beating Bournemouth tonight.

The backline looks a bit dodgy with Rodri dropping in at left-back with Bernabe also getting involved, so the more time they can spend giving Bournemouth problems the better.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Phil Foden of Manchester City in action during the Carabao Cup third round match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on September 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

4' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray

Fluid formation

As you'd expect, this isn't a traditional 3-4-3 formation.

Kyle Walker is operating as right wing-back, with Rodri and Tommy Doyle dropping back into a back three when Walker goes out to the right.

2' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray

Delap already in the action

Liam Delap has already given away a free kick. He's used to picking up bookings for City at youth level.

1' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray

Kick off

The players take the knee and we're underway.

Adrian Bernabe is on the left wing, as City line up in a back three.

19:44Joe Bray

The teams are out

City and Bournemouth are out at the Etihad, here.

Eric Garcia is wearing a head cap (think Petr Cech) after needing stitches on a head wound that kept him out of the Wolves game.

19:41Joe Bray

Reminder: Burnley await in the next round

The prize for winning tonight is a trip to Burnley, after the Clarets beat Millwall yesterday.

That game will be played next week, likely on Wednesday as City are playing in the Premier League on Sunday and the following Saturday.

19:37Joe Bray

It's a very young Blues side tonight

19:32Joe Bray

Foden with the trickery

19:31Joe Bray

Famous families

Let's get these out of our system before the game kicks off.

Tommy Doyle, fresh from signing a new long-term contract, has some esteemed City family members in his family in grandparents Glyn Pardoe and Mike Doyle.

Liam Delap, of course, is son of throw-in expert Rory.

But both are looking to make their own names in football, and today's game is another chance for the pair - and their other academy teammates called-up - to make an impression in the first team.

Tommy Doyle signs his Manchester City contract

19:28Stuart Brennan

Changes for Bournemouth as well

Bournemouth have made six changes from the team that drew at Middlesbrough at the weekend, so they clearly have bigger fish to fry as well - like getting back in the Premier League.

And we cannot forget that the Cherries nearly pulled off a surprise result at the Etihad just two months ago, when ex-Blue academy kid David Brooks scored late on and they came close to an equaliser in City’s 2-1 win.

Should be a competitive match - until Pep unloads his bench!

(Image: 2020 Getty Images)

19:25Joe Bray

Warming up

19:17Simon Bajkowski

Fortress Etihad

For all City’s inconsistency last season, it’s worth noting they have won their last eight at the Etihad with their last defeat coming in the Carabao Cup semi against United in January - a result that saw them through to the final anyway.

It is not a team that many will be used to seeing but City are not used to losing at this ground.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: General view inside the stadium prior to the Carabao Cup third round match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on September 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Egerton - Pool/Getty Images)

19:11Simon Bajkowski

What the absentees tell us

Ederson is at the Etihad tonight despite not being involved in the game. You’d think the Brazilian would have been given the night off if he wasn’t in the squad!

A telling absence for Gabriel Jesus, who will likely have to shoulder the goalscoring burden in the Premier League with Aguero injured.

And also for Nicolas Otamendi? This game would surely have had his name all over it if he were to be part of the squad?

Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City against Bournemouth (Image: Visionhaus)

19:07Joe Bray

Congrats from Steffen's former club

Zack Steffen's former club, Columbus Crew, send their best wishes to the debutant today from the top of the MLS Eastern Conference.

19:01Joe Bray

Where the Delap excitement comes from

This was the goal he scored in City's U18 Premier League Cup final win last season.

Same again tonight, Liam?

18:54Stuart Brennan

Looks like a 3-4-3

Looking like a 3-4-3 line-up for City tonight, with Garcia, Harwood-Bellis and Walker at the back, Doyle, Rodri, Bernabe and Foden in the midfield and an interesting front three of Torres, Delap and Mahrez.

Debuts for 17-year-old Delap and goalkeeper Steffen, and a first start for Torres,

Pep has packed the bench with security, in the shape of De Bruyne, Sterling, Ake and Mendy.

Ferran Torres of Manchester City (Image: Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

18:52Joe Bray

Bournemouth line up

No Josh King or the departed Callum Wilson for the Cherries, but there is room for David Brooks and young striker Sam Surridge, who knows where the goal is from spells at Swansea and Oldham in the last couple of seasons.

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