In the excitement of everything else going in the last few weeks it’s been easy to forget the Capital One Cup Final has been sneaking up on us.
The first silverware of the season will be handed out today at Wembley, and it gives a chance for Jurgen Klopp to follow in the footsteps of various other foreign managers and make the league cup his first piece of British Silverware.
For Pellegrini, his last trip to Wembley as Manchester City manager.
Liverpool’s record in this tournament is unrivalled with 8 wins, 3 more than any other and will be buoyed by City’s recent dip in form.
You never know what liverpool are going to turn up but you’d expect Klopp to have his side well drilled for this one.
City have their best players back from long term injuries though, and despite Liverpool getting things together going forward at various times this season, at the back they are as bad as anyone I’ve seen and if Sterling, Silva, Toure and Aguero play anywhere near their best I’d expect them to overpower Liverpool’s back line and defensive midfield areas. It’s fair to say that Liverpool would fancy their chances against City’s back line too but the return of Kompany is massive and may prove the difference.
Sterling’s first performance against his old club was forgettable and the key factor today may be how he copes on the big stage with the added pressure of 40,000 boo boys.
I’m looking forward to this game and am expecting attacks to come out on top. Klopp has had a few months with this squad now and their fitness and discipline has visibly improved. Their best chance of taking this might be by dragging the game into later phases, when the test will switch to some of City’s returning players who haven’t played much football. Yaya Toure is not the engine he used to be and i’d expect to tire as the game wears on.
I think I’d like to see Liverpool win this as a pick up for their fans who have had a tough season, but I’ve seen far too many bad performances from them and they’ve far too many inconsistent players for me to be able to back them with any confidence.
I don’t know by what means but I think Man City are going to have too much and give Pellegrini at least one more trophy to mark his time in England.
City win 90mins & both teams to score = 7/2
One for the Reds – Liverpool to win on penalties = 11/1