2019-20 League Cup Final – Aston Villa vs Man City Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Aston Villa vs Man City kick off? Sunday 1st March, 2020 – 16:30 (UK)

Where is Aston Villa vs Man City being played? Wembley Stadium

What TV channel is Aston Villa vs Man City on in the UK? Sky Sports Football

Where can I stream Aston Villa vs Man City in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Aston Villa vs Man City?

Aston Villa – https://tickets.avfc.co.uk/en-GB/categories/Home%20Tickets?utm_source=web&utm_medium=ticketlandinghome&utm_campaign=Tickets

Man City – https://tickets.mancity.com/en-GB/categories/Men's%20Tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ASTON VILLA

  • Aston Villa come into this League Cup final having lost their last three league matches as they find themselves thick in a relegation scrap so confidence is not great for this Wembley trip.
  • Dean Smith was furious with his team's performance at Southampton last weekend so changes to both tactics and personnel are highly likely with as many as five changes to the starting eleven.
  • Smith may be tempted to add another central midfielder to the side to bolster the middle and employ a 3-5-2 formation rather than the 3-4-3 he has used in recent games so Hourihane and Drinkwater could come in.

Predicted line-up (3-5-2): Reina; Engels, Mings, Hause; Guilbert, Drinkwater, Hourihane, Douglas Luiz, Targett; Samatta, Grealish

Unavailable: Wesley (Injured), Heaton (Injured), Steer (Injured), McGinn (Injured), Davis (Injured)

Doubtful: El Ghazi (Injured)

MAN CITY

  • Manchester City come into this League Cup final as strong favourites as they attempt to win the trophy for a third consecutive season and fourth title in the last five years.
  • Pep Guardiola and his men will be highly motivated to pick up their first piece of silverware of the season with the league all but lost so their focus is entirely on cup competitions now.
  • City's confidence will be flying after their victory in Madrid on Wednesday night with the only negative being the injury picked up by Laporte who will surely miss out here so Fernandinho will deputise, while Aguero and Sterling are both expected to start.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling

Unavailable: Sane (Injured), Laporte (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

Aston Villa will be highly motivated for their first League Cup final in a decade but they face a tough task ahead. Their form is poor and they come up against a motivated City team who should have far too much quality for them on the day. City could well kill this game off in the first half.

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