League Cup Final Preview

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This time last year, Swansea defeated League 2 side Bradford at Wembley in a rather unorthodox final contest.

This year, League strugglers Sunderland come up against a free-scoring Manchester City side who are hungry for silverware.

Sunderland

Manager: Gustavo Poyet
Best Previous Performance in the League Cup: 1985 Runners-Up

Having never won the League Cup before, Sunderland will be hoping to go one better than their 1985 final attempt, losing on that occasion to Norwich 1-0. City lost in the FA Cup final to Wigan last season, and the Black Cats will be looking to exploit any possible weakness. Adam Johnson, scoring 9 goals this season, will prove to be a key player in any attempt Sunderland will make going forward. He has been in terrific form of late, confusing many that he has no been included in Roy Hodgson’s recent England squad. Joe Hart will not be available for tomorrow’s clash and this may give Sunderland a boost. Sunderland will really be looking to put their league woes behind them and give the fans their money’s worth, and hopefully we will see them put up a fight against the might of Man City.

Key Player: Adam Johnson.

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Best Previous Performance in the League Cup: Winners 1970, 1976

Man City are not the same team they were the last time they contested a League Cup Final. They will be firm favourites to take the trophy back to Manchester tomorrow, and they will be determined to not make the same mistake they did in last year’s FA Cup Final losing to Wigan. Sergio Aguero will be available for tomorrow which will be an enormous boost to morale having had a difficult time playing without him, most notably at home to Barcelona. I feel City’s squad is just too strong for Sunderland to keep up with and this makes them favourites, however this is a cup final, and it is foolish to predict the exact outcome. This is an excellent chance for Pellegrini to win his first piece of silverware for the club, and one of these two managers will become the first South American manager to win an English domestic competition.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero.

We are looking forward to another cup final at Wembley believing these two sides could provide some excitement, as Sunderland have impressed having knocked Man United out and Man City will be looking to not be complacent and secure their first silverware under Pellegrini.

Joe Bennett

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