Capital One Cup final betting preview: Manchester City vs Sunderland
Manchester City meet Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday with the chance to kick-start an incredible quadruple campaign.
Although Champions League success looks out of City’s reach this season a domestic treble is certainly on the cards.
Manuel Pellegrini will be able to call upon Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho who both recently returned from injury.
The goals have dried up for City in recent weeks, however the return of the Argentine forward should help them rediscover their lethal form.
Aguero has 26 goals in just 25 games this season, with only injuries preventing him from challenging Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge for the Premier League golden boot.
At odds of 8/13 (Bet365) to score anytime, there might not be brilliant value in backing Aguero, however the world-class striker will probably find the net at Wembley.
Sunderland have a very good recent record against Manchester City, winning three of their last five meetings.
Unfortunately for the Black Cats, all of those wins have been at the Stadium of Light, and the Wembley pitch offers more space for City’s players.
If City can get an early goal then they could easily match Swansea’s five against Bradford City in last season’s final.
Motivation shouldn’t be a problem for Manchester City, especially after their embarrassing FA Cup final loss to Wigan Athletic last season – they will be looking to right the wrongs of that game.
Gus Poyet’s men have defied the odds to make the final, beating Chelsea and Manchester United along the way, however it’s hard to see them getting over the final hurdle.
Score prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland - 7.5 with Bwin
Sergio Aguero anytime goalscorer - 8/13 with Bet365
Manchester City to score two or more goals - 3/10 with Coral