After a hard week of Premier League and Champions League disappointment, Manchester City will welcome the distraction of the League Cup when they host Newcastle United this evening.
City's last two fixtures saw them lose at West Ham on Saturday lunchtime, slipping six points behind Chelsea in the process, and give away a 2-0 lead to draw with CSKA in the Champions League last Tuesday.
Tonight they return to a competition which they've not lost in since September 2012 as they hope to retain their Capital One Cup title.
With a Manchester derby to look forward to on Sunday, this game is unlikely to take precedence for most City fans, but Manuel Pellegrini refuses to dismiss it's importance.
Speaking ahead of the game, the City boss, who won the competition at his first attempt last season, said: "If you ask me if I prefer to win the Premier League, maybe, but that doesn't mean that you don't want to win the Capital One Cup which is why we are involving the whole squad in this game."
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Pellegrini's options have been boosted by the return to fitness of attacking midfielder Samir Nasri, who has missed over a month of action with a groin injury.
Frank Lampard will once again be absent due to the injury he picked up in the 4-1 win over Tottenham, but other than that Pellegrini has a full squad to pick from.
One man who's season has suffered from injuries thus far is Stevan Jovetic. After a bright start the Montenegro striker has found himself unable to break into the starting 11 following an injury he picked up on international duty.
However, he's likely to start tonight and will be desperate to stake a claim for a place in attack on Sunday.
The inclusion of Jovetic may be one of few changes made by the City boss, who named a strong starting line up when his team faced Sheffield Wednesday in the last round.
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero was given a start in that game and will likely feature again tonight, while ahead of him Martin Demichelis will hope to show why he should be preferred to Eliaquim Mangala in the back four.
Nasri's return to fitness could see David Silva given a well deserved break in midfield, although tonight's fixture will come too soon for the Frenchman to complete 90 minutes, he's likely to be given a start.
Manchester City v Newcastle predicted line-up: Caballero; Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov; Milner, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri; Dzeko, Jovetic
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