Previewing the 2018 Carabao Cup Final
It’s easy to see why Manchester City have been priced up as the odds-on favourites for the Carabao Cup final which will take place on February 25. Sportingbet have installed Pep Guardiola’s side as 6/11 favourites to win in 90 minutes at Wembley and it is becoming increasingly difficult to make a case for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger looks set to rest many of his senior players during their Europa League second-leg match against Swedish side Ostersunds as he aims to avoid any further injuries. Alexandre Lacazette remains on the sidelines until March, Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee and Aaron Ramsey may be fit enough to feature but having only just returned to training, he is unlikely to play more than sixty minutes in this tie.
Manchester City were beaten by League One Wigan on February 19 in the FA Cup but they are unlikely to come unstuck twice in seven days and Pep Guardiola will have his side ready for this clash. The Citizens already look to have sewn up the Premier League title and are progressing nicely in the Champions League, they will be keen to add another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet.
Arsenal’s Dire Record Against Top Six Sides to Count Against Them
Arsenal haven’t fared well against fellow top six sides in the Premier League this season, collecting just six points from a possible 24 and that doesn’t bode well for this cup final against the runaway leaders.
There have been flashes of potential this season, with the Gunners keeping a clean sheet and putting in a tremendous performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October, but those displays have been few and far between.
They haven’t beaten Manchester City in regular time during a competitive fixture since January 2015 although they were victorious in extra time during their FA Cup Semi-Final meeting last season. Arsenal are 2/1 to lift the trophy.