Arsenal and Manchester City collide for the EFL League Cup quest at the Wembley on Sunday. It is the first Final of the domestic Cup competition of this season and both the teams will be eyeing for silverware.
Injury and Team News:
Gunners are without Santi Cazorla who has a long term injury. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also unavailable to play being cup tied, while Alexandre Lacazette misses out with an injury as well. Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey is are expected to start after their recent misses while new signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line.
Pep Guardiola’s City will miss the services of Fabian Delph, who was sent off in their last game against Wigan in the FA Cup. Claudio Bravo is expected to start while Raheem Sterling is doubtful due to a minor injury scare. Gabriel Jesus also out injured means Argentine Sergio Aguero will lead their attack.
City’s quadruple hopes evaporated after their FA Cup loss against Wigan, and now their title winning aspects can be halved if Arsenal win at the Wembley on Sunday. The Premier League leaders have had a breathtaking season so far, but some recent stutters have suggested that they are beatable as well.
Arsenal, on the other hand have a realistic chance of the only domestic silverware to win this season. They have been superb at the Wembley in the past few years, winning 9 of their 9 knock out fixtures at the venue. Arsene Wenger will bank on the history and belief that his side can turn it around against a strong City side, whom they also beat last season in the FA Cup Semi Final. The North London side also have never won a League Cup under Wenger, so it will be a nice thing to win a silverware as well in a difficult season so far.
Probable Line Up:
Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey; Welbeck, Ozil, Aubameyang
Bravo; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne; Aguero
Manchester City: 4/7
The match will be telecast live on MTV and MTV HD from 22.00 IST on Sunday for the Indian viewers.