Say what you like about the Capital One Cup, but for new managers it can be the perfect way to get their tenure off to a silver-tinged start.
Manuel Pellegrini and Gus Poyet both have the opportunity to claim their first trophy as manager of Manchester City and Sunderland respectively inside their first years as their employees.
Just like Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, who claimed this competition as his first title when managing Chelsea in his first stint, Pellegrini will target a successful trip to Wembley as the first of a succession of titles.
Unsurprisingly, it is his side who are fancied to claim the spoils, given that they are a side fighting for glory at the top end of the Premier League while their opposition are among a gaggle of relegation-threatened sides.
However, there isn’t much value at backing them to lift the trophy, such is their heavy favouritism. That is unless a player scores two or more goals in the game. In that scenario there is definitely plenty of value to be had.
Ladbrokes will pay out on Manchester City winning the Capital One Cup at a stonking price of 1/1 should any player, be they Citizen of Black Cat, score two or more goals in the game.
Considering City’s penchant for goals, this really is a tempting morsel of an offer. Pellegrini’s men have scored a staggering 118 goals in all competitions this season, only failing to score less than two in a match 11 times.
With players of the attacking quality of Sergio Aguero, who returns to fitness, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko around the chances of them bagging a brace or better looks mighty good.
Aguero has scored two or more in a game six times already this season, while both Spaniard Negredo and lanky strike partner Dzeko have managed it four times each.
Should any of them add to that tally in the final, then you’ll be kicking yourself if you didn’t snap up the opportunity to get City at evens.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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