Can anybody stop Manchester City from winning the Capital One Cup this season?
December 15, 2015 | Filed Under: Blog
In recent years, Manchester City have been there or thereabouts in almost every major domestic cup competition. They have won the Premier League twice in the last four seasons, whilst they have also won the FA Cup and League Cup since 2010. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are hoping to challenge on four fronts this season and look well placed to succeed in the Capital One Cup as they aim for their first piece of silverware in March. The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have already been knocked out of the competition and City will fancy their chances of going all the way to Wembley once again.
Manchester City will face Roberto Martinez’s Everton in the semi-finals of the tournament and the Toffees could prove tricky opponents for Pellegrini’s men. Romelu Lukaku is in fine form and will be chomping at the bit to face City’s makeshift defensive unit. Unfortunately for Everton, the likes of Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero may both be back from injury layoffs by the first leg and the Toffees will struggle to cope with a full-strength City side. Earlier in the season, City earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see them emulate that result.
As of December 15th, City are one of England’s form sides and Pellegrini’s men will look to maintain their current run through the festive period. If they can head into their Capital One Cup double header in good form, City should cruise to victory against the Toffees. With less than one month until the first leg, City are valued at 6/5 in the League Cup betting markets to win the competition and Pellegrini’s side will attempt to give themselves an advantage before the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on January 27th. If they play to their full potential, City should be too strong for Martinez’s spirited Toffees.
In the other semi-final, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool take on Stoke City. During the past few years, the Reds have struggled against Stoke but Liverpool have experienced a resurgence under Klopp and he has transformed the Reds’ entire style of play. Stoke, meanwhile, are performing admirably and stand a good chance of success if they can secure a victory on home soil in the first leg. If Liverpool manage to win the opening fixture, the Potters would find it incredibly difficult to win at Anfield. Without doing an injustice to Stoke, City supporters will be praying for an upset in that particular semi-final.
So, can any of these three clubs stop Manchester City? If truth be told, Pellegrini’s men already have one hand on the trophy. The only thing that can hinder their chances are further injuries to key players. While they were well beaten at home by Klopp’s Liverpool in November, City are the strongest team in the competition and are incredibly consistent. They won’t be beaten by a similar margin again all season and, with a bit of luck, City will get past Everton and are more than capable of beating either Liverpool or Stoke in the final.