Aston Villa meet holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley this weekend, City looking to win English football’s League Cup for the third consecutive season.
Here is all you need to know about Sunday’s showpiece…
Form (all competitions)
Aston Villa: LLLWW
Dean Smith’s side will be seeking to win the League Cup for the sixth time in their history when they face City this weekend, though the Midlands outfit are huge underdogs and enter the final having lost their past three fixtures.
Their most recent victory came in dramatic circumstances against Leicester in the semi-final, and Villa will have to be at their very best to compete with opponents who have lifted this trophy in each of the past two seasons.
Key to their hopes will be the performance of captain Jack Grealish, the 24-year-old having starred so far this season with nine goals and six assists in all competitions for the Premier League strugglers.
Villa last reached the final of this competition when losing to Manchester United ten years ago, and will hope to cause an upset against their city rivals as they bid to win a first major trophy in 24 years.
Manchester City: WWWLL
Manchester City’s ambitions of winning a fifth League Cup in the past seven seasons have been boosted by the club’s performances in recent fixtures, Pep Guardiola’s side entering the final in buoyant mood after their Champions League last-16 victory over Real Madrid in midweek.
Performances on the pitch have been unaffected by their ban from European competition for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations and City head into Sunday’s contest at Wembley as overwhelming favourites after three successive victories, last season’s domestic treble winners once again reaching the latter stages of England’s cup competitions.
Raheem Sterling could return to the starting XI after returning from injury and appearing as a substitute at the Bernabeu, though Aymeric Laporte is likely to miss out having been substituted during the win in the Spanish capital.
Aston Villa 1-6 Manchester City, 12th January 2020
Aston Villa’s last meeting with Man City would prove a harrowing experience, the club thrashed in embarrassing fashion as Sergio Aguero helped himself to a hat-trick at Villa Park.
The Argentine’s treble saw him eclipse Thierry Henry as the highest scoring foreign player in the division’s history and move past Alan Shearer’s all-time record for most Premier League hat-tricks, his goals added to a brace from Riyad Mahrez and a Gabriel Jesus goal as the champions ran riot.
Anwar El Ghazi’s stoppage-time penalty was little more than a consolation for Villa, who were given a harsh reality check in their battle for Premier League survival.
Predicted Line ups
Aston Villa: Reina; Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Targett; Luiz, Hourihane, El Ghazi, Grealish; Samatta
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Mendy; Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo; Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero
Who is the referee?
How can I watch Aston Villa v Man City?
UK readers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst US viewers can watch the final on ESPN+.
What time is kick off?
Aston Villa – 14/1
Draw – 7/1
Man City – 1/6