Mark Hughes signals his intentions with another very strong side for the Carling Cup. Pablo Zabaleta for Micah Richards is City’s only change from their dramatic derby defeat on Sunday.

No surprises from Roy Hodgson – it’s a completely different starting eleven. As in Sofia, Simon Davies will captain the side. We can only hope it’s a similar effort from Bulgaria rather than the rather tame display Fulham offered at Wolves at the weekend. Get it wrong and this could be a hammering. Eddie Johnson up front, either alongside or in front of Seol, is interesting.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2): Given; Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Barry, Ireland; Tevez, Bellamy. Subs: Taylor, Garrido, Sylvinho, Petrov, Vidal, Weiss, Ball.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Stockdale; Stoor, Kelly, Baird, Smalling; Davies, Greening, Riise, Gera; Seol, E. Johnson. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Watts, Saunders, Dikgacoi, Elm, Anderson, Smith.