It’s Sunderland’s big day tomorrow as they make their first appearance at the new Wembley against Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
Can the Premier League relegation scrappers upset the odds and collect their first piece of cup silverware since 1973 or will favourites Manchester City pick up the first prize of the season?
Sunderland have already done remarkably to make it through to this year’s League Cup final having seen off Premier League title chasers Chelsea off in the quarter-finals before a gripping last-gasp aggregate win at Old Trafford as they defeated four-times League Cup winners Manchester United.
They may be embroiled in the dog-fight at the bottom of the table but cup finals can bring out the best in struggling teams, just ask Wigan Athletic who of course lifted the FA Cup last season… against Manchester City.
The Citizens won’t want to cast their minds back ten months to their last appearance at Wembley with the Latics pulling out a huge shock to snap up their first FA Cup triumph.
City have looked somewhat more combative this campaign under the reins of Manuel Pellegrini although their recent form won’t give them too much encouragement ahead of the final, with just two wins in their last five matches in all competitions.
Okay, they have faced Barcelona and Chelsea in that run, but a goalless draw at Norwich City and a late 1-0 win over Stoke City last weekend suggest the Blues are not firing on all cylinders recently.
However, they will be boosted by the news that forward talisman Sergio Aguero is fit to play following a five match lay-off due to a hamstring. He’s a player that’s been sorely missed in recent weeks. Stevan Jovetic will not be available due to a hamstring injury whilst Matija Nastasic is also sidelined.
Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood remains injured whilst Liam Bridcutt is cup-tied for Gus Poyet’s side after playing in the competition for Brighton earlier in the season.
Manchester City v Sunderland Match Odds
As you’d expect Manchester City are the bookies’ favourite for League Cup glory on Sunday afternoon, with William Hill amongst those pricing them at 1/3.
If you fancy placing a bet on the outsiders Sunderland then there is certainly considerable value on offer, with Bet 365 one of many outlets offering long odds of 9/1. Especially considering the result when these two last met in the league back in September, with the Black Cats snatching a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light.
Manchester City v Sunderland Total Goal Betting
With neither teams firing in many goals of late, I’m expecting Sunday’s final to be a fairly cagey affair, with Sportingbet offering 18/11 on less than 2.5 goals.
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Manchester City v Sunderland Anytime Goalscorer
If you fancy a bet on anytime goalscorer, then the returning Sergio Aguero looks a fairly sure bet but odds are short, with Bet 365 pricing him at 4/5.
Yaya Toure is a good shout at 7/4 with Totesport, with Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher available at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
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