Aston Villa will be highly motivated for their first League Cup final in a decade. They face the holders of the cup though looking to defend at least one of their trophies from last season. Villa come into this in poor form and face an undoubtedly highly motivated City team.
Manchester City had a great win in midweek and now head to Wembley for the EFL Cup final. A win over Aston Villa will see them win this competition for the third year in a row. Their Premier League title may be all but lost, but there is still the chance of a treble of both EFL and FA Cup along with the Champions League.
That would not be too bad a season to look back on, give or take an international suspension. City have won their last three games. Wins at Leicester and Real Madrid show what form they are in. If you can start a game at Real Madrid with Agüero and Sterling benched, it shows just how strong they can be, when they set their minds to it.
Aston Villa were the first winners of this trophy way back in 1961. Victory this weekend would be their sixth League Cup win, taking them level with Manchester City but still two behind Liverpool. They last won the EFL Cup in 1996 and it’s ten years since their last final. The Villains would of course love to win this final as well as qualifying for the Europa League.
Alas, they probably have other more important things on their mind. However, a lot of their supporters would probably take a cup-win over a relegation any day. They could be in the Premier League relegation zone by the time this match begins. Villa have lost their last three games and conceded seven goals in the process. It is 11 games since they managed a clean sheet. Their recent home game against Manchester City saw then getting hammered 6-1, following a 3-0 away loss earlier in the season.
It is hard to imagine anything but a very safe City-win at Wembley on Sunday. Manchester City won this competition for the past two seasons and look how they annihilated Watford in the FA Cup final last season. Sunday would be their fifth title here in seven years. Their last three games have been won. They should make it four against a Villa side with immense defensive problems.