On Sunday afternoon, Manchester City and Arsenal clash at Wembley in the final of the Carabao Cup.
Manchester City no longer have the quadruple to aim for this season after exiting the FA Cup. However, the Citizens can still complete the treble of Premier League, Champions League and League Cup.
Pep Guardiola’s side has dispatched West Brom, Leicester, Wolves and Bristol City in the previous rounds. Arsenal should represent slightly more of a challenge for the Citizens, as Guardiola looks to win his first trophy at the Manchester club. If they succeed in winning the trophy it will be their third triumph in the competition in the past five seasons.
City’s recent League Cup games have been quite tight, with both teams scoring in four of their last five outings in the much-maligned competition. The Citizens have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 outings in the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal heads into this game in mixed form of late. The Gunners have seen Doncaster, Norwich, West Ham and Chelsea to make it to the final. Their recent outings in the League Cup have been low scoring, with under 2.6 goals scored in six of their last seven outings after 90 minutes. Arsene Wenger’s side have conceded just two goals in their five games in this competition.
The League Cup is the only domestic trophy that Arsenal’s veteran boss Wenger is yet to win. A victory over City and Guardiola would certainly be a good way to win the trophy for the first time for the Frenchman.
Manchester City heads into this game without left-back Benjamin Mendy through injury. Meanwhile, the Frenchman’s usual replacement Fabian Delph will miss out due to suspension. Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are in contention to start in the position. Winger Raheem Sterling is a major doubt after picking up a muscle injury, while Brazilian Gabriel Jesus is back in training and could return to the Citizens squad.
Arsenal are without Santi Cazorla and Alexandre Lacazette due to injury, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to start up front for the Gunners. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt, while German playmaker Must Ozil is expected to feature despite a bout of illness earlier in the week.
Understandably, Manchester City are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 8/13, the draw is odds of 7/2 and Arsenal are 9/2 to claim victory.
This is a difficult clash for Arsenal. However, the Gunners do not have a terrible recent record against City and are unlikely to be easy prey for the Citizens.
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