Manchester City could give some fringe players a chance to impress in the Carabao Cup fourth round trip to West Ham tonight.

In the last round, a comfortable win over League One outfit Wycombe, Pep Guardiola made a number of changes, with a back four made up entirely of academy products and with Romeo Lavia in defensive midfield.

It's unlikely City will go as heavily focussed on youth at the London Stadium, especially given West Ham dumped out Manchester United in the last round, but he can use the opportunity to rotate his squad and keep them fresh for the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Players like Nathan Ake, John Stones, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling could get a chance to prove they should be in the side, while there might be space for Cole Palmer to build on his fine recent form which included a debut Champions League goal last week.

Read how our writers think City should line up below and use the interactive team selector to pick your own team:

Simon Bajkowski

A Carabao Cup game necessitates a weaker team, but at the same time West Ham are a dangerous opponent and cannot afford to be underestimated.

There are plenty of first-team players that could do with the minutes, meaning it will be more useful for Guardiola to play, for instance, the likes of John Stones, Nathan Ake and Aleks Zinchenko over Finley Burns, Luke Mbete and Josh Wilson-Esbrand.

Zinchenko and Gundogan are two that could do with the minutes after coming back from injuries, while it feels like Sterling isn't worth risking after he felt pain in his back ahead of the Brighton game.

Cole Palmer deserves to start, but other than that an experienced XI looks like the best way of keeping senior players happy as well as giving Guardiola the best chance of winning the game and keeping their extraordinary run in the competition going.

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Joe Bray

I'd make changes from the Brighton win, but still field a strong side in order to ensure progression to the next round. Nathan Ake and John Stones can come in at centre-back, with Aleks Zinchenko an obvious choice on the left. Kyle Walker should start on the right over Joao Cancelo, purely because he got a rest more recently than the versatile Portuguese.

Fernandinho is another logical pick for this cup tie, while Kevin De Bruyne should be rested from the weekend and can add some class in midfield. Ilkay Gundogan can use the opportunity to get his fitness back after a good outing at Brighton.

In attack, Raheem Sterling should start in his favoured left-wing position, while Riyad Mahrez can build on his goalscoring cameo on Saturday. In the centre of a fluid front three should be Cole Palmer, deserving of another chance at senior level after his recent exploits.