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Capital One Cup: Manchester City vs. Everton preview

Manchester City and Everton go head-to-head for a place in the Capital One Cup final when the two sides meet in the second leg of their semi-final tie at the Etihad Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side trail 2-1 from the first-leg but the men from Manchester will feel confident that they are capable of overturning that deficit against Roberto Martinez’s men with a solid home record to boot. They have never lost at home in a cup competition to Everton.

TEAM NEWS:

City remain without captain Vincent Kompany , Eliaquim Mangala ,Aleksandar Kolarov,and Wilfried Bony.

Willy Caballero is expected to start ahead of first choice goal keeper Joe Hart.

Everton have a boost in returning captain Phil Jagielka, midfielders Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas are still out.

Joel Robles is expected to replace Tim Howard in goal.

RECORDS ;

This is only the second time in five League Cup semi-final appearances in which Everton held a lead going into the second leg. They have won three successive away games in the League Cup this season, after losing each of their previous three.

However, the Toffees have lost five of their past six away games in this competition to sides from the Premier League with the exception being a 4-0 win at Hull in 2009.

Manchester City have won five of their past six home games in the League Cup. In those games, they have scored 27 times.

City have only failed to score in one of their past 26 competitive home matches dating back to since 25 January 2015; their 0-0 draw with Everton in the Premier League on 13 January this year.

 

PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR ;

Sergio Aguero – The Argentine looks to be back in form for Manchester City, with Pellegrini’s men in fine form in front of goal – having scored 21  goals in their last seven home fixtures – He will be City’s dangerous man.

Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian striker has scored four goals in five League Cup appearances this season. He remains a constant worry for any back four.

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