Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: 28 February 2016
Kick off: 16:30
Wemberlee, the not so nice place in north west London that has an alright stadium.
Manchester City face Liverpool on what will be their eighth trip to Wembley within the last five years on the back of a 3-1 victory in Kiev. In the previous eight cup meetings, Liverpool have come out winners six times, whilst City have come out winners a grand total of zero times, with their last victory coming 1973.
Nobody will forget the 4-1 stuffing we received last time we played Liverpool, so let’s be honest, few of us would have been confident ahead of the Capital One Cup final (I thought we’d get a spanking). However, arguably one of City’s best performances this season – the siege of Kiev – has sparked a fresh sense of optimism. That being said, there will of course be nerves ahead of the final, especially if that man not worthy of a Sunday league football pitch is between the sticks (okay, maybe a little mean – sorry Willy mate).
Pellegrini remains hopeful that talisman Vincent Kompany, pet snake Raheem Sterling and Bacary Sagna will be available after the trio had extended recovery session on Friday, whilst Eliaquim Mangala, Jesus Navas and Wilfried Bony all return. Of course, City will be without Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph. Unfortunately, Willy Caballero hasn’t picked up an injury in training, as he shimmied away from any strike aimed towards him – similar to his little dance for Eden Hazard’s goal last Sunday.
Adam Lallana, Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel have been back in training, however they remain doubtful for the clash (phew).
City boss, Manuel Pellegrini has hinted that a win on Sunday could give the squad a psychological boost in the title race.
“To play a big final at Wembley against Liverpool is very important too. It’s my mentality to try to win all the time.
“To win in February one title that gives you a lot of trust to continue fighting for other competitions.
“We are six points behind the leaders in the Premier League and we will continue to fight to the end – this could give us a lot of trust if we are successful on Sunday.”
Whilst the media will undoubtedly be praying for Jurgen Klopp to win his first piece of English silverware in Sunday’s Capital One Klopp – as dubbed by Rob Harris – I remain quietly optimistic, and so should City. The style of our victory in Kiev reminded us that we do definitely have the capabilities required to lift that trophy; now it’s just up to the players to turn up.
I’ll be hoping for a stress free afternoon in London, if not for us, then to ensure Manuel Pellegrini remains in good health for the title race.
With thirty-two goals in the last eight meetings between the sides, one thing is for sure – there will be goals. I’m going for 2-1 City, with Yaya Toure bagging at least one – up the blues!
Predict the score:
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