City host Everton on Wednesday night with a place at Wembley at stake. The vistors hold a slender 2-1 advantage going into the second leg.
The question is how are City going to approach the game? The two teams have met on 3 occasions so far this season and it’s honours even with both team’s walking away with a victory each and a draw between them.
Man City picked up an excellent 2-0 victory at Goodison early on in the season
during the first league match between the two, whilst Everton’s win was just over a fortnight ago in the first leg. The draw came a week later when the teams met at the Etihad in the reverse league fixture.
Since the defeat at Goodison, City have yet to concede a goal in their 3 game’s which is very encouraging and another shut out on Wednesday could be their best chance of reaching Wembley. It’s been well documented that without Vincent Kompany they are ropey at the back to put it mildly and with players such as Lukaku, Barkley and Deulofeu all in good form this season Everton are more than capable of scoring.
That said a lot of money has been spent on Mangala and Otamendi but despite their high profile errors this season they are both very capable centre back’s and with experienced full back’s either side of them and a combination of Yaya Toure, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho and Fernando sitting in front of them they are growing in confidence.
Both side’s have shown this competition a lot of respect with team selections so far and goalkeeper’s aside they should both field very strong side’s. Why wouldn’t they? One of these team’s are 90 minutes away from Wembley and both team’s will be doing all they can to get there.
A trophy in the cabinet by the end of February is a massive boost for the remainder of the season that could be the catalyst for City pushing on for that league title or Everton to shake off their unexpected inconsistency and close the gap on the top 6. Should Everton make it and indeed go on to beat Liverpool or Stoke then it will be their first silverware in over two decades. City on the other hand have had more success in recent years winning 2 domestic cups since 2010 but despite their recent success City could go on and win the league and cup double this season and still bring in a new manager next season. Such is the hunger Man City have to step up to the next level and start to dominate Europe.
It’s going to be a tight game but i see Man City turning this tie around and progressing. Sergio Aguero has more minutes under his belt and was back to his brilliant self scoring a brace and setting up David Silva for a very unselfish assist during a 4-0 romp against Palace last time out. Everton certainly won’t be on the wrong end of another City romp so im going to predict a 2-0 home win and a place at Wembley where City will be hoping to shake off their own patchy form away from the Etihad where goals have become hard to come by.