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Arsenal vs Manchester City predictions: Carabao Cup final preview & likely line-ups

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Man City to beat Arsenal 3-0 is 11/1 with Paddy Power.

Arsenal have an excellent record at Wembley and a decent recent cup record against Man City.

But Pep Guardiola’s side look unstoppable this season. Will the League Cup prove their first trophy of a possible quadruple?

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Who will win? Who will score first?

Man City are huge 4/7 favourites to win the Carabao Cup.

Arsenal are 4/1 outsiders, while the draw in 90 minutes is 10/3.

Think they’ll be goals in the final? Back BTTS at 8/13. The against is 6/5.

Paddy Power: Arsenal vs Man City Carabao Cup final odds

One of the bets of the day could be over 2.5 goals at 8/15. The under is 6/4.

Man City are 7/5 to score 3 or more goals in the final.

Arsenal vs Manchester City Carabao Cup final preview

The League Cup has been labelled as a ‘Mickey Mouse Cup’ in years gone by, but judging by the recent winners of the competition perhaps that’s changed.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Man City have all won the competition within the last three years.

Arsenal won nine consecutive matches at Wembley before their recent loss in the north London derby to Tottenham. Their nine match run included two wins against their cup final opponents, Manchester City.

City won the League Cup in 2014 and then again two years later during the 2015/16 season.

Their most recent trip to Wembley saw them lose 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinal last season.

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Arsenal’s road to Wembley

Arsenal’s Carabao Cup campaign began with a 1-0 win over League One side, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Walcott scored the only goal for the Gunners in a pretty boring encounter.

After that it was Norwich City. The Canaries took the lead through Josh Murphy in the first half before Eddie Nketiah turned the tie on its head.

Nketiah, making his first appearance for the Arsenal first team at the Emirates Stadium, scored with his first touch just seconds after coming on as a substitute before adding a second in extra time.

Eddie Nketiah

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Eddie Nketiah celebrates scoring the first Arsenal goalduring the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal were then drawn against London rivals, West Ham. Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the game in typical Danny Welbeck fashion. The England international poked the ball past Joe Hart minutes before half time after failing to score with his initial ‘header’.

Chelsea were Arsenal’s opponents in the semifinal. The first leg was a rather boring encounter and ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge. It turned out to be Alexis Sanchez’s last appearance as an Arsenal player.

The second leg was thoroughly entertaining and Arsenal triumphed 2-1 despite Eden Hazard’s early goal. Arsenal were helped by an Antonio Rudiger own goal and a lucky deflection which led to a simple strike for Granit Xhaka.

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Manchester City’s road to Wembley

Man City’s League Cup run began with a 2-1 win away at West Brom. A Claudio Jacob strike for the hosts was sandwiched in between two Leroy Sane goals which settled the scores.

Up next for Manchester City, came Championship high fliers, Wolves. Nuno Santo’s team held City to a 0-0 draw at the Etihad but Claudio Bravo came to the rescue and saved two penalties in the shoot-out which City won 4-1.

City’s next game also ended in a draw. The Citizens failed to beat Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy’s 97th minute penalty cancelled out Bernardo Silva’s early strike. But Bravo came to the rescue once again and saved penalties from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to send City to the semi finals.

Bristol City were next in line after they knocked out Manchester United and Crystal Palace in the competition.

Sergio Aguero scored a 92nd minute winner at the Etihad after Bobby Reid had put Bristol in front shortly before half time. Kevin De Bruyne equalised early in the second half before the Argentinian’s goal late on.

At Ashton Gate, City were involved in a crazy game that ended 3-2 to the Premier League side. Sane, Aguero and De Bruyne were all on target for the visitors and sent their side to Wembley.

Arsenal team news

Arsenal will be without January signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan who is cup tied due to his appearances for Manchester United earlier in the competition.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is eligible to play and the Gabonese forward will be hoping for a better appearance than his two showings at the national stadium against Spurs this season (for Dortmund and for Arsenal).

Wenger is likely to field his strongest side in order to win the cup that has eluded him during his 22-year career in England.

On Wednesday, Wenger confirmed that David Ospina would play in goal whilst Aaron Ramsey was back in training but is touch and go to make the Carabao Cup final.

Mesut Ozil missed the Ostersunds match due to illness but is expected to start for Arsenal at Wembley.

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Manchester City team news

Pep Guardiola is sure to show some loyalty to Claudio Bravo who has played in all of City’s League Cup fixtures so far this season.

Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Yaya Toure are all long term injuries for the Sky Blues.

Fabian Delph’s red card in the shock 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Wigan rules out the former Aston Villa man for the showpiece occasion.

Expect either Danilo or Oleksandr Zinchenko to replace Delph at left back.

In general, expect City to play their strongest XI. Guardiola is yet to win a trophy in England and the Carabao Cup could be the start of a historic season.

Arsenal predicted line-up vs Manchester City

Arsenal predicted line-up vs Manchester City

Arsenal predicted line-up vs Manchester City

Manchester City predicted line-up vs Arsenal

Manchester City predicted line-up vs Arsenal

Manchester City predicted line-up vs Arsenal

101 Great Goals predicts Arsenal vs Manchester City

Arsenal may have a decent record at Wembley, but they are facing the best team that English football has seen since Arsenal’s very own Invincibles.

Man City have only lost two matches in all competitions this season and Arsenal are unlikely to inflict their third in such a big game.

Arsenal’s defence is incredibly poor and they are up against one of the best attacking teams in world football.

Very few defences can handle the likes of Aguero, Sterling, Sane, De Bruyne and Silva this season and Arsenal’s dodgy backline offers no reason to back them.

Man City’s own defence isn’t exactly without fault, but the Gunners can struggle to score in big games.

For Arsenal to win, they’d have to pull out one of the best performances of the season, with the likes of Ozil and Aubameyang on top form.

All in all, expect City to win this fairly comfortably.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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