While Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini may have loftier ambitions in the form of the Premier League title and Champions League, the Chilean is still expected to field a strong side against Newcastle United in the League Cup on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, hosting Newcastle may hand a place in the side to striker Papiss Cisse, despite his recent barren spell in front of goal. Injuries in the defence is also likely to mean that Paul Dummett will continue to feature.
St James' Park has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Citizens, who have won just 15 of their 80 trips to Tyneside.
However, when these two sides last met in this competition back in 1994, City came out on top 3-1 on aggregate. They also won on the opening day of the current campaign 4-0.
Man City: LLWWWL
Possible starting lineups:
Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Dummett, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Obertan; Remy, Cisse
Man City: Pantilimon; Kolarov, Garcia, Nastasic, Zabaleta; Milner, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri; Dzeko, Negredo
Sports Mole says: 1-2