Defending Capital One Cup champions Manchester City go into Wednesday’s fixture at the Etihad Stadium sixth in the Premier League after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
Defender Pablo Zabaleta is suspended after being sent off against the Blues, meanwhile striker Sergio Aguero will miss out with a minor knee problem.
Midfielders Samir Nasri and David Silva are also ruled out for the cup tie against the Owls with respective ankle and groin injuries.
Sheffield Wednesday currently sit one point inside the Championship’s play-off places in sixth after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Reading.
However, Stuart Gray’s side are still without midfielders Kieron Lee (groin) and Sam Hutchinson (back) for the trip to the Premier League champions.
Chris Kirkland could replace goalkeeper Keiren Westwood after playing for the Owls in the first two rounds of the League Cup.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Manchester City 2 (Ireland, Vassell) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Bullen), FA Cup, January 2007
Sheffield Wednesday 1 (MacLean) Manchester City 1 (Samaras), FA Cup, January 2007
Manchester City 4 (Horlock, Huckerby, Berkovic, Goater) Sheffield Wednesday 0, Championship, February 2002
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings
1/24 Manchester City: Joe Hart 5
Didn’t have much to do, and couldn’t have prevented Andre Schurrle’s goal.
2/24 Pablo Zabaleta 5
Got forward again and again to support the City attacks, but put his side in trouble when he was sent off in the 65th minute for a second booking.
3/24 Vincent Kompany 6
Dealt well with the threat of Diego Costa in what was a typically accomplished performance.
4/24 Eliaquim Mangala 5
A solid debut from the Frenchman, who looked strong when called upon.
5/24 Aleksandar Kolarov 5
Didn’t offer a great deal going forward but solid defensively.
6/24 Yaya Toure 5
Still a long way from his best, and unable to dictate the pace of the match.
7/24 James Milner 7
Impressive stuff from the England midfielder, who played in three different positions throughout the match, and never stopped working. Provided excellent volleyed assist for Lampard’s goal.
8/24 David Silva 5
A few nice touches, but drifted in and out of the game. Picked up first-half booking.
9/24 Fernandinho 5
Booked in the early stages, which forced the midfielder to curb his naturally combative instincts. Less effective as a result.
10/24 Sergio Aguero 6
Almost scored in the second half with effort from inside the box, but mostly starved of chances.
11/24 Edin Dzeko 5
Worked hard, but didn’t pose much of a threat. Sacrificed for Bacary Sagna after the Zabaleta sending off.
12/24 Frank Lampard 9
Took his goal brilliantly with a trademark volleyed finish, and nearly scored with a couple of other decent efforts. A truly unforgettable 12-minute cameo against his former club.
13/24 Thibaut Courtois 6
Made decent save to deny Aguero in the second half, and looked calm and composed throughout.
14/24 Gary Cahill 6
Kept Dzeko quiet, and stood up well whenever Aguero tried to take him on.
15/24 Branislav Ivanovic 7
Galloped forward to support the attack that led to Schurrle’s goal, and didn’t put a foot wrong defensively.
16/24 Cesar Azpilicueta 6
Dealt well with Silva, and never looked like getting caught out down his side.
17/24 John Terry 6
Marshalled the defence effectively, and largely untroubled.
18/24 Cesc Fabregas 5
A quiet afternoon from the former Arsenal man, who did very little apart from a lovely through ball to Diego Costa late on.
19/24 Willian 5
Worked hard defensively but offered very little going forward. Taken off after an hour.
20/24 Eden Hazard 6
Created Schurrle’s goal with a sumptuous cross, but was peripheral for the most part.
21/24 Ramires 5
Did brilliantly to clear in his own box when Dzeko was about to pounce. Booked in the first half and substituted with an hour gone.
22/24 Nemanja Matic 7
Outmuscled Yaya Toure, which takes some doing, and afforded good protection to his back four. Booked in the first half.
23/24 Diego Costa 6
Gave as good as he got physically against Kompany and Mangala, and unlucky not to score when left-footed effort cannoned off the post.
24/24 Andre Schurrle 6
Scored just eight minutes after coming on, but lost Milner for Lampard’s goal.
Manchester City are unbeaten in their least nine games against Sheffield Wednesday, winning five.
The two sides last met in the League Cup 35 years ago to this month, with City winning 2-1 at home to seal a 3-2 aggregate win to progress into the third round.
Manchester City have failed to register a win in their last four games in all competitions, stretching back to their 3-1 victory over Liverpool on August 25.
Edin Dzeko is Manchester City’s League Cup specialist, with the Bosnian scoring nine goals in his ten League Cup appearances.
Sheffield Wednesday have failed to reach the fourth round of the League Cup since 2001 where they fought off Crystal Palace 3-1 on penalties after an initial 2-2 draw in the third round.
The Owls have already knocked out Premier League opposition in the League Cup this year after defeating Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor in the previous round.
Manchester City to win: 1.2
Sheffield Wednesday to win: 13.0
Manchester City hammered Sheffield Wednesday 6-2 at Hillsborough to rise up to fourth in the Championship in a season where the Citizens would finish top of the table and seal their return to the Premier League.
Pablo Bonvin gave the Owls a shock lead inside three minutes, but goals from Ali Benarbia and Shaun Goater gave City a slender half-time lead.
Leigh Bromby equalised for the hosts just two minutes after the restart before a flurry of strikes from Danny Granville, Goater’s second and a brace from Paulo Wanchope demolished Sheffield Wednesday in a second-half rout.
TV: Highlights on BBC1 from 11.05pm.
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