Man City vs Bournemouth LIVE score and goal updates as Liam Delap scores on debut
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
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
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
28' - City 1-1 BournemouthSimon Bajkowski
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.
27' - City 1-1 BournemouthJoe Bray
Lloyd Kelly picks up an injury, and he's replaced by Jordan Zemura.
24' - City 1-1 BournemouthJoe Bray
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
Sam Surridge finds the bottom corner. Good response from them.
21' - City 1-0 BournemouthStuart Brennan
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.
17' - City 1-0 BournemouthKEY EVENT
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.
16' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray
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
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
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 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.
6' - City 0-0 BournemouthSimon Bajkowski
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.
4' - City 0-0 BournemouthJoe Bray
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
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
The players take the knee and we're underway.
Adrian Bernabe is on the left wing, as City line up in a back three.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Zack Steffen's former club, Columbus Crew, send their best wishes to the debutant today from the top of the MLS Eastern Conference.
This was the goal he scored in City's U18 Premier League Cup final win last season.
Same again tonight, Liam?
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.
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.