Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater is backing manager Pep Guardiola to select a strong XI for tonight’s FA Cup clash with Peterborough.
Guardiola has resisted the opportunity to make wholesale changes in our previous two fixtures in the competition, though he did give youngsters a chance off the bench against both Swindon Town and Fulham.
Goater believes Guardiola will take a similar approach at the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday, particularly as several senior players would benefit from minutes after recent spells on the side line.
“We always respect the opposition,” he told City’s website.
“Pep will put out a team that is still a strong team and that wants to advance.
“The best way to deal with the derby is to win the game in front of you. You have to win that game first.
“Players that come to mind are [Kyle] Walker, Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and [Jack] Grealish. I think these guys will be getting a good 50-60 minutes.
“The best way to go into that derby is to get a good result, even though it’s the FA Cup, and go into it with two good results under your belt.”
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