Manchester City – League Cup final preview

By Guest writer, Fri 16 April 2021 12:44

Manchester City – League Cup final preview 

Manchester City will face off against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup final this month, with making City the comfortable betting favourites for the game.

Spurs have had the edge over the Cityzens in recent years, but they were comfortably beaten by a 3-0 scoreline in the Premier League clash in February.

Pep Guardiola’s side will go into the Wembley encounter as the favourites. They are aiming to win the League Cup for a fourth-straight campaign.

Meanwhile, Spurs are looking to end a 13-year trophy drought. Their last silverware came in 2007/08 where they beat Chelsea in extra-time in the same competition

Since the shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan in 2013, the Cityzens have won eight finals in a row (including the Community Shield).

Spurs have been on the losing side twice during this period. Their most recent final defeat came against Liverpool during the 2019 Champions League.

Key Stats:

The last three meetings have finished with the losing side failing to find the back of the net.

The Cityzens ended a three-match winless run against Spurs with a 3-0 win in February.

It was their first victory over the north London giants since April 2019.

Sergio Aguero has been the chief tormentor of Spurs defence with 12 goals from 18 outings.

Son Heung-min has excelled against the Cityzens with six goals from 12 meetings.

There has not been a goalless draw between the clubs since August 2010.

Early Team News:

The Cityzens have nearly a fully fit squad. Sergio Aguero is the only absentee with ‘niggles’, but he could be fit ahead of the League Cup final.

As per the latest Tottenham news, Matt Doherty and Ben Davies are missing for Spurs with injuries, but the former has returned to individual training, and could make the game.

Predicted Line-ups:

Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson Moraes; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Joao Cancelo; Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Serge Aurier, Eric Dier, Joe Rodon, Sergio Reguilon; Giovanni Lo Celso, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele; Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min.


The Cityzens have a key FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea this weekend. Should they win the game, they will have their hopes of the quadruple alive.

Despite this, the pressure will be on Spurs for the League Cup final, given they have gone over 13 years without winning any piece of silverware.

Jose Mourinho’s side are likely to sit back to withstand the early pressure, but we fancy the Cityzens to make a quick start and secure a lead.

The Mancunian giants have the big game experience, and should come on top against Spurs to win a fourth-straight Carabao Cup title.

Manchester City 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

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