Crystal Palace will face a trip to Manchester City in the next round of the Capital One Cup after beating Charlton Athletic last night.
Having demolished their local rivals under the floodlights at Selhurst Park, Alan Pardew and co. will attempt to gain revenge for their recent last-gasp loss to the Blues when they travel to The Etihad Stadium in the fourth round, with the game scheduled to take place on the 27th or 28th of October.
City annihilated struggling Sunderland in the third round at The Stadium Of Light, restoring a degree of confidence to Pellegrini’s star-studded squad after back-to-back 2-1 home defeats against Juventus and West Ham respectively in the build-up to the tie.
Powering home four goals in 27 minutes in the North East courtesy of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and an own goal from Vito Mannone, the early-season table toppers were far too good for their ailing hosts on the night, who appear to be lurching from one crisis to another under the guidance of Dick Advocaat this term.
Whilst Alan Pardew had spoken of his hopes for a prolonged cup run this season, you would assume that our jaunt in this year’s League Cup is likely to come to a shuddering halt in Manchester, such is the strength in depth available to their Chilean boss. Indeed, on our day, we are more than a match for anyone, but it seems likely that the side will be rotated slightly from our regular Premier League starting XI, much like it was last night.
There becomes a point at which it makes little to no sense to hamstring yourself in the league by tiring your best players in a game that they are already more than likely to lose, but there must always be a consideration made over the need to retain a competitive edge in any tie we play, for fear of being blown out of the water altogether.
Should we pull off an upset, we’d be within three games of securing the first domestic trophy in the club’s history. We couldn’t, could we?