est Ham vs Man City – LIVE!
The away side have made this particular competition – derided in some quarters – a hallmark of their success under Pep Guardiola, lifting the trophy in each of the last four seasons.
Still, David Moyes’ side go into Wednesday’s evening tie in a rich vein of form having beaten Everton, Genk and Tottenham Hotspur in their last three games and appear to be riding the crest of the wave.
Guardiola himself has shown a huge amount of respect for this competition since arriving in England in 2016. In the last round against Wycombe Wanderers, for example, the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling all featured.
So, then we can expect a high-quality encounter tonight.
Follow all the action live with Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium!
Early Man City team news
Ferran Torres (foot) and Liam Delap (ankle) are unavailable for City with Raheem Sterling (back) a doubt after sitting out the win at Brighton.
Youngsters such as Cole Palmer and Luke Mbete could be selected if Guardiola looks to freshen up his team.
Guardiola said: “We play on Wednesday so we will see in training [on Monday] and Tuesday and after we will see what is the best decision. Some of [the youngsters] are going to play, yes.”
Early West Ham team news
The Carabao Cup tie will likely see both managers look to their benches, particularly after recent action in league and Europe.
Vladimir Coufal (groin) remains a doubt for West Ham while Alex Kral is yet to return to the squad after testing positive for Covid-19. Alphonse Areola, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini and Issa Diop were among the players to feature in the last round and could return here.
A big day off the field for West Ham
West Ham have been granted permission to expand the capacity of the London Stadium to 62,500 seats.
The ground, built for the London 2012 Olympics but home to the Hammers since their departure from Upton Park in 2016, currently has its capacity limited to 60,000 on football match days.
The increase will come once the club complete a safety certificate application, and will likely see the club’s attendance record broken, with the current mark of 59,988 set during the Premier League clash against Everton in March 2019.
How to watch
Tonight’s game will not be broadcast on television in the UK.
You can, however, keep up to date with Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage, with Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium.
Welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the Carabao Cup meeting between West Ham United and Manchester City at the London Stadium.
Kick-off is at 7:45pm BST.