Man City vs Burton compared: The incredible differences between cup rivals including squad value, wages and more

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Poles Apart

The two sides are poles apart from each other but go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup semi-finals

Tonight sees a true David vs Goliath clash as Premier League champions Manchester City take on Burton of League One in the Carabao Cup.

City are still eyeing glory on all four fronts this season while Burton are sitting ninth place in England’s third tier.

Man City boasts a host of multi-million pound stars in their ranks

Man City boasts a host of multi-million pound stars in their ranks

The two sides are worlds apart from each other in pretty much every aspect but will kick off on a level playing field this evening.

But just how different are the semi-final rivals? talkSPORT has the lowdown…

Burton’s most expensive signing Liam Boyce cost £500,000

Burton’s most expensive signing Liam Boyce cost £500,000

Man City vs Burton: Squad value

City’s squad is currently valued at just over £1billon, meaning they are only behind Barcelona as the world’s priciest team.

Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker all cost over £50m while a host of other players were signed for fees well above the £30million mark.

In contrast, Burton’s squad cost around £6million – around a third of what City paid for second-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Man City vs Burton: Record signings

City made Riyad Mahrez their record signing when they shelled out £60m to land the Algerian from Leicester last summer.

Burton’s most costly acquisition saw Liam Boyce join from Ross County in June 2017 for £500,000.

Man City vs Burton: Wage bill

It’s no surprise that City have one of the most costly wage structures in world football.

As an average, each Etihad star will pocket around £6million-a-season with stars such as Kevin De Bruyne taking home a staggering annual income of over £19million. Their yearly wage bill is around £260m.

Burton’s entire wage bill is around £8million.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola will be looking to see off Burton tonight

Man City boss Pep Guardiola will be looking to see off Burton tonight

Man City vs Burton: Stadium capacities

Tonight’s tie at the Etihad could be watched on by just over 55,000 if there is a capacity crowd. 52,708 were in attendance for the 7-0 FA Cup win over Rotherham on Sunday.

Burton’s Pirelli Stadium can hold 6,972, 2,034 of which is seated. Their last home game, the 1-1 league draw with Plymouth, drew in a crowd of 3,577.

Man City vs Burton: International players

Virtually all of City’s first-team stars have international caps under their belt and most are seasoned campaigners for their countries.

David Silva and Benjamin Mendy are World Cup winners while Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and John Stones are England regulars.

Burton have two internationals in their squad. Liam Boyce has 17 caps for Northern Ireland and Stephen Quinn has played 18 times for the Republic of Ireland.

Burton boss Nigel Clough is looking to shock Man City in the Carabao Cup

Burton boss Nigel Clough is looking to shock Man City in the Carabao Cup

Man City vs Burton: Club honours

City have added to their trophy cabinet on a regular basis in recent seasons and won the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield last season.

They have won England’s top flight five times in their history and also have five FA Cup trophies to add to their European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph in 1970.

Burton are yet to claim a piece of major silverware and getting to this season’s Carabao Cup semi-final is arguably their finest achievement to date.

The Brewers’ promotion to the Championship in 2016 was also an impressive feat.

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