Fernandinho and Sterling pushing for recalls
Manchester City vs Everton
Competition: Capital One Cup
Date: 7.45pm, Wednesday 27th January 2016
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: D Cann, S Ledger Fourth Official: K Friend
Odds: City 8/15, Draw 7/2, Everton 11/2
Tickets: Available via mcfc.co.uk
TV: Sky Sports
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Angelino, Clichy, Demichelis, Humphreys, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho
Injured: Nasri, Kompany, Bony, Mangala, Kolarov
Form guide: DWDWLW
Manager: Roberto Martinez
Squad (from): Howard, Robles, Baines, Browning, Coleman, Jagielka, Mori, Stones, Barkley, Barry, Cleverley, Galloway, Gibson, Lennon, McGeady, McCarthy, Osman, Oviedo, Pienaar, Deulofeu, Kone, Lukaku
Injured: Besic, Mirallas, Hibbert
Form guide: LDDWWD
City are once again without five first team players for the visit of Everton, with Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri still on the sidelines. Willy Caballero will continue as goalkeeper for domestic cup comeptitions, whilst Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling are pushing for recalls having been on thebench for Saturday's draw at Upton Park.
Everton go into the game with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, and will be desperate to set up an all-Merseyside final with Liverpool, following their penalty shoot-out victory over Stoke last night. However, Manuel Pellegrini believes his side will be just as motivated to get to Wembley:
“Maybe Everton haven’t been in a final for many years and they will be motivated but our team will do all they can to get there too,” Pellgrini said yesterday.
“The most important thing is to try to play another final at Wembley. That is our target. After we lost to Everton 2-1 I said that if we don’t qualify for the final, it’s not because of that game but because we can’t win at home at least 1-0.
“It’s the third time we’ll play Everton in one month – we know their team. We just saw their game against Swansea, we know the way they’ll play and the important players they have."
City's last home game against Everton ended in a 0-0 draw, just a fortnight ago. Overall City have won 67 of the 179 games played against Everton, with 45 draws and 67 defeats.
Prediction: City 1 Everton 1