League Cup semifinal preview: Everton vs. Manchester City

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  • City won at Everton 2-0 in Aug.
  • Everton: 3 wins in 11 home matches
  • City have won 4 of the last 5 meetings

Manchester City’s hunt for trophies continues on Wednesday with a trip to Everton for the first leg of their League Cup semifinal matchup.

City won the previous meeting between the two clubs in the Premier League at Goodison Park earlier this season by a score of 2-0.

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Everton has not won a trophy in 21 years, and the Toffees will have to get past a strong Manchester City side to book a spot at Wembley for the League Cup final. USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard has the night off, as Joel Robles gets the start for Everton. Robles will likely have his hands full, as the Toffees have had their struggles defensively and face a high-flying City attack.

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Sergio Aguero will start for City after scoring against Watford over the weekend, and Manuel Pellegrini will be hopeful his star striker continues to produce. With Wilfried Bony out injured, there is more pressure on Aguero to get on the scoresheet. The Citizens have a good away record in the League Cup, winning six of their past seven matches away from home, with their last loss coming back in 2010.

The second leg is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27 at the Etihad.

What they’re saying

Everton boss Roberto Martinez: “We all need to learn as a football club that we’ve got a special group of players and we have to help them. I feel that playing at home, Goodison at its very intimidating best, we can face anyone and we’re looking forward to replicating the level of our performance against Spurs.”

City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “I think that for the team, the club, for everyone, it is always important to win a title. It is very beautiful when you finish at Wembley, full of people, so it is very important for us to win. Maybe it’s impossible to win all of the competitions but your attitude and desire and having a winning mentality indicates you must believe you can.”

Prediction

City is coming off of a big win on the road, while Everton is on the heels of a disappointing draw at home. With Pep Guardiola confirming he will come to the Premier League next season, even more pressure is on Manuel Pellegrini to win trophies, and I think he’ll be playing for the win on Wednesday. Everton 1-2 Manchester City.