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Alvaro Negredo [Reuters]

Manchester City and Sunderland battle it out for the first piece of silverware this campaign as they go head-to-head in the final of the Capital One Cup at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 2:00pm GMT. Live coverage will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


City secured their place in the Capital One Cup Final after registering a 9-0 aggregate victory against West Ham United in the semi-finals in January.

In the first leg, Alvaro Negredo netted a hat-trick, Edin Dzeko added a brace while Yaya Toure scored one to make it 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero's strike sandwiched between Negredo's double on either side of half-time gave Manuel Pellegrini's men a 3-0 win in the second leg at Upton Park.

In their last fixture, the Citizens scraped a 1-0 victory in the Premier League at home against Stoke City last Saturday.

They are still in contention for the league title and sit fourth in the table with 57 points from 26 matches; separated from the top by six points and have two games in hand over leaders Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Sunderland produced an upset in the last four of the competition by defeating Manchester United. The Black Cats secured a 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light against the English champions in the first leg.

Ryan Giggs' own goal gave the home side the lead before half-time. Nemanja Vidic restored parity in the second-half before Fabio Borini converted a penalty to secure the win for the hosts after Tom Cleverley was adjudged to have fouled Adam Johnson inside the box.

In the return leg at Old Trafford, Jonny Evans' goal made it 2-2 on aggregate to take the game into extra-time. But Phil Bardsley's late strike slipped through David De Gea's hands to give the away team a 3-2 aggregate lead.

However, Javier Hernandez scored just before the final whistle to make it 3-3 on aggregate and took the game to a penalty shootout; where Gus Poyet's men emerged 2-1 triumphant to seal their spot in Wembley.

Fabio Borini
Fabio Borini [Reuters]

In their previous league fixture, Sunderland suffered a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates last Saturday.

Emanuele Giaccherini netted the consolation goal for the visitors in the second-half after the Gunners led 4-0. The Wearside outfit are fighting to avoid relegation this campaign and currently sit 18<sup>th with 24 points, having played 26 matches.

What Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "I will be very happy if we achieve it because I think it reflects all your hard work from the year. I think we have played very well in the Capital One Cup because we won all our games, scored 19 goals and conceded just one. I think it is very important to win the cup. It is important for this club to win titles. To win this first title at Wembley is very important."

Gus Poyet: "I think it's going to be special. I've not prepared my team talk because I'll follow my instincts but I'm sure I will use special words. It's a special moment and I need them to feel it is a unique opportunity. You can ask them when is the next time we will be back at Wembley. Who knows? For teams like Sunderland, it does not happen every year. I have to make sure they do everything possible to win."

Team Guide

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W D L
  • Last Result: Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W L W W
  • Last Result: Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland

Team News

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure [Reuters] Reuters

Manchester City

  • Injured: Matija Nastasic (knee), Stevan Jovetic (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva; Dzeko, Negredo


  • Injured: Liam Bridcutt (ineligible), Keiren Westwood (shoulder)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Cattermole; Johnson, Ki, Colback, Borini; Fletcher