Manchester City vs Everton: Capital One Cup preview

By Ric Turner, Wed 27 January 2016 11:49

Manchester City vs Everton: Capital One Cup previewFernandinho 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

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TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

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

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

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

Doubtful: McCarthy

Suspended: None

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