Saido Berahino was making only his fourth Premier League appearance when grabbing West Brom’s winner at Old Trafford earlier this season and James Wilson is certainly a name to watch after his brace when making his Manchester United debut against Hull.
With Aston Villa’s safety now confirmed for another season, Paul Lambert also has the chance to offer game time to some of his own young guns of the future at Manchester City.
Given that the match betting has the Premier League title favourites at 7/50 for victory, the draw at 7/1 and Villa as the lofty 14/1 underdogs, it would appear Lambert has nothing to lose in adopting this strategy.
Below are three prospects that Lambert may well decide to turn to in the hope of springing one of the surprises of the season at the Etihad.
With Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak out and Gabby Agbonlahor struggling, Lambert has admitted that Bowery is in line to start against Man City.
Although dispossessed too often, Bowery made a positive impact as a first-half substitute for Agbonlahor against Hull, hitting the target with three of his four chances and setting up Andreas Weimann for a goal.
Bowery is still waiting for his first professional goal for Villa, despite seven Premier League sub appearances this season, but his pace and power could prove especially troublesome for City’s Martin Demichelis.
The 22-year-old is 15/2 to score in the 90 minutes at the Etihad.
Another attacker looking for a first Premier League start is Robinson, who has been given late cameos from the bench in two of Villa’s last three games.
Robinson has played alongside Man Utd’s Wilson for the England under-19 team and scored 11 goals in 17 appearances for Villa’s under-21 side this season.
Agbonlahor recently stated that the 19-year-old reminds him a lot of himself when breaking through at Villa and this is no bad comparison.
Grealish took big strides in a recent loan stint at Notts County, where not only was he a pivotal part of their unexpected survival, but also one of four players to be nominated for April’s League One player of the month award.
Having now returned to Villa, he has been training with the first team in recent days and has travelled with the squad to the Etihad, boosting his chances of a maiden senior appearance for the Villans.