Kovacic returns and Bobb starts in the Carabao Cup third round

Pep Guardiola has selected his starting XI which sees some major changes for the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Mateo Kovacic returns to the squad and starting line up following a period of injury. Since his absence he has been missed, but with Rodri now missing games through a suspension, he will be more important than ever.

Oscar Bobb is another exciting name in the line up, but could be there due to lack of squad depth. He is an exciting talent and to see him start in a big game will be one to watch.

After speculation about who would captain this Manchester City side, Nathan Ake is the man.

Absolutely adored by his team mates according to sources close to the club, it is no surprise to the the experienced defender take the armband.

Haaland drops to the bench, although Alvarez has kept his starting spot. It looks like he will play in his natural position in the Carabao Cup clash.

Gomez also comes into the starting side, potentially in a more attacking role which some fans have been eager to see.

The Blues are stronger than Guardiola led on in the build up to the game, however he does take his Carabao seriously.

Nevertheless, Newcastle have also made multiple changes to the starting line up. So this could be a more entertaining contest than anticipated.

Tags Carabao Cup Jack Grealish Josko Gvardiol Julian Alvarez Kalvin Phillips Manchester City Manuel Akanji Mateo Kovacic Nathan Ake Newcastle United Oscar Bobb Rico Lewis Sergio Gomez Stefan Ortega