Wembley awaits for Aston Villa and Man City this afternoon. It’s a chance for both sides to pick up silverware and really boost morale going into the final part of the season.
While City beat Manchester rivals United 3-2 over two legs, it took a 93rd-minute goal from Trezeguet for Villa to squeeze past Leicester in the semi-finals.
Fancy Dean Smith’s men to cause a massive upset?A Villans win and Both Teams to Score is 40/1.
Cup holders City are going for a third successive triumph and are as short as 2/15 for this one. But in a final form often goes out the window with Aston Villa at 18/1 to win the game.
Fancy the game to extra time? It’s 15/2 to end in a draw.
With nothing to lose. Villa may come out all guns blazing – but will City’s quality tell? Our traders go 8/1 for Pep Guardiola’s side to Win from Behind.
Fernandinho may drop back into defence after news that Aymeric Laporte will be out for at least three to four weeks.
He’ll most likely play alongside Nicolas Otamendi with League Cup ever-present Claudio Bravo coming in for Ederson in goal. That means star man Kevin de Bruyne will again patrol midfield but could be feeding Sergio Aguero rather than Gabriel Jesus in attack.
As for Villa, Smith will have to decide whether to stick with Orjan Nyland or Jose Reina in the net, with Tyrone Mings, Jack Grealish and new signing Mbwana Samatta making up the spine of the team.
On loan Danny Drinkwater is ineligible, whilst they’ll sweat on the fitness of Anwar El Ghazi – with Trezeguet waiting in the wings.
Samatta will be an instant hero if he can score this afternoon and is 9/2 anytime to do so. Skipper Grealish has all the makings of a match-winner and is 16/1 to open the scoring and 9/2 anytime.
January signing Borja Baston could yet get a look in, with the striker 5/1 to hit the onion bag.
De Bruyne to score last is 11/2.
But City have been stunned in cup finals before – remember Wigan Athletic in 2013? We’ve got Grealish to score and Villa to win at 28/1.
Where: Wembley Stadium
When: 4.30pm, Sunday 1st March
How to watch: Sky Sports Football
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication