Aston Villa vs Manchester City: Carabao Cup Final preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 28 February 2020 16:33


Aston Villa vs Manchester City: Carabao Cup Final previewAymeric Laporte expected to be sidelined for a month with hamstring injury

Aston Villa vs Manchester City

Competition: Carabao Cup Final

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 1st March, 2020

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Referee: Lee Mason Assistants: I Hussin, H Lennard Fourth Official: D Coote

Odds: Villa 18/1, Draw 7/1, City 1/7

Tickets: On sale via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Sky Sports

Aston Villa

Manager: Dean Smith

Squad (from): Nyland, Reina, Sarkic, Tylor, El Mohamady, Guilbert, Targett, Hause, Mings, Ngoyo, Engels, Lansbury, Grealish, Hourihane, Jota, El Ghazi, Trezeguet, Luiz, Nakamba, Drinkwater, Davis, Vassilev, Samatta, Baston

Injured: Wesley, Heaton, McGinn, Davis, Steer

Doubtful: El Ghazi

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLLL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Carson, Ederson, Cancelo, Garcia, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Rodri, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Laporte, Sane

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWWW

Aymeric Laporte is expected to be absent for up to a month after suffering a hamstring injury during the midweek win at Real Madrid. Leroy Sane, meanwhile, travelled with the under-23 squad to face Arsenal tonight as he steps up his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The Blues have comfortably beaten Villa in both Premier League games this season, but manager Pep Guardiola is expecting a difficult challenge from Dean Smith's side.

“They are organised, with a keeper with excellent experience in Pepe Reina.

“It was a good game when we went there in the league. We will prepare the game tactically, mentally, it is a big opportunity to do something special with our club.

“The result is in the past, we are focusing on the final. It is a different competition. They have won a Champions League and they have a fantastic history. It will be a fantastic game.

“But we want to fight for another trophy.”

City won their last game against Villa 6-1, courtesy of a Sergio Aguero hatrick and goal from Riyad Mahrez (2) and Gabriel Jesus. Overall City have won 74 of the 172 games played against the Villans, with 41 draws and 57 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodri, D Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Aston Villa 1 City 3

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