One of the biggest derby rivalries in world football is about to turn even hotter this Sunday as the Merseysiders Liverpool face Manchester City for the Capital One Cup Final at the prestigious Wembley Stadium. Liverpool aim for their first Title win under new manager Jurgen Klopp while City are battling to reclaim the title that they last won in 2014.

Liverpool Vs Manchester City – Capital One Cup Final; Match Preview

Liverpool enter the Capital One Cup final for a record 12th time who have won 8 times before. This is Manchester City’s fourth Capital One Cup final appearance who have won the cup on three occasions before. Liverpool last won the competition in 2012 against Cardiff City and City’s last cup win was against Sunderland in 2014.

In this year’s tournament, Liverpool battled hard ti reach the finals while City made easy work against their opponents to reach the last stage. Liverpool needed a nail-biting penalty shoot-out against Carlisle whereas City won Everton by 4-3 in semi-final over two legs.

Current Form and Performances of Liverpool

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Cup competitions are the best probable titles for Jurgen Klopp this year as his team is currently in the 6th position in English Premier League with only a Top 4 finish is possible. In the Europa League, Liverpool have to play Manchester United in the next round against whom the Reds lost twice this season. So, the Capital One Cup is the first of the TWO best options available for Liverpool. Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool are playing better but they form is inconsistent and they lose games in regular intervals to make things bad. Still a win is possible aginst City, but the Reds will need their defense to play a tight game.

Injury News

Adam Lallana, Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel are all returned to training, but they are not 100% fit and may not feature in the game against City. Dejan Lovren is also a doubt who was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s last game.

Predicted XI

Simon Mignolet, Nathanial Clyne, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, Philipe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke.

Current Form and Performances of Manchester City

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The Citizens made an impressive win against Dynamo Kiev in their first leg of Round of 16 in the Champions League. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is leaving the club at the end of the season and he will surely want to say ‘Bye’ with a title. Star forward Sergio Aguero is in fine form who notched the winning goals for City in the Champions League will play a major role along with creative midfielder David Silva.

Injury News

Joe Hart will not start the game according to club manager who will also miss Fabian Delph, Kevin de Bryune and Samir Nasri.

Predicted XI

Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Elliaquem Mangala, Fernando, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jesus Navas, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero.

Key Players

Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho

The Brazilians movements will be the key for Liverpool against Manchester City and the tie will be decided by how clinical Daniel Sturridge is in front of the goal.

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero and David Silva

Aguero and Silva are the backbones of City’s attacking unit and Pellegrini will expect his best players in their best form to lend him a dramatic send-off.

Match Details:

Teams: Liverpool v Manchester City
Date: Sunday 28th February 2016
Kick-off: 4:30 pm(Local Time)
Venue: Wembley Stadium

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett and Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Bobby Madley
Reserve Assistant Referee: Eddie Smart 

Match Prediction

Though City have the better squad, the game will be dominated by Jurgen Klopp and his men. A clean sheet for either team is impossible and we can expect some individual heroics from both the sides especially from Coutinho or Aguero.