The season’s first piece of domestic silverware is up for grabs this weekend as Manchester City take on Liverpool at Wembley stadium. Today at ComeOn! HQ, we preview all the action and make a prediction as to who will be lifting the Capital One Cup come Sunday evening.
After only being at the club almost five months, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has his first crack of appeasing disgruntled Liverpool fans with a chance to deliver a piece of shiny Capital One silverware back to Anfield this weekend. With the Reds currently in 8th position in the Premier League table (although only three points off 5th placed Manchester United), winning the League Cup seems to be the club’s most viable route of achieving European football qualification this season.
Their opponents City however, have arguably even more of a reason to be unsettled this season after back-to-back defeats to Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur more or less put paid to any hopes of winning the Premier League for the third time this year.
Manuel Pellegrini’s weakened team selection for his side’s 5-1 FA Cup defeat to Chelsea last week (the Argentine rested many of Man City’s big names) was largely vindicated after his side’s impressive 3-1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League on Wednesday evening with attacking trio David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure all making the scoresheet.
And with the return to full fitness of captain Vincent Kompany, Liverpool should certainly be wary of a Citizens side that will contain the much-feared spine of a team that were such a force in the Premier League back in the 2011/2012 and 2013/2014 seasons.
Liverpool: Dejan Lovren’s chances of making a comeback are tentative after the centre back apparently flew back to his native Croatia this week due to a family illness. Adam Lallana, Joe Allen, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are also set to miss the final on Sunday.
Manchester City: Kevin de Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri will not be making an appearance this weekend due to long-term injuries with Spaniard Jesus Navas and striker Wilfried Bony both in line to make a return for City from their respective lay-offs.
Whilst the Citizens are undoubtedly favourites for Sunday’s final, Liverpool will still feel they can cause an upset on the day with their pre-match odds of 2/1 indicative of that. Their 6-0 hammering of Aston Villa certainly came at the right time for the Red men, handing Jurgen Klopp’s side a much-needed ‘pick me up’ following their crushing FA Cup exit to West Ham just days earlier.
Man City’s three goal salvo in Russia on Wednesday night also couldn’t have come at a better time and with the very best their roster has to offer set to line-up against ‘Pool on Sunday afternoon, we can see Manuel Pellegrini’s side running out comfortable winners in this one.
Prediction: Liverpool 0-2 Manchester City (Correct Score Odds – 10/1)
Author – Andrew MacFarlane