Capital One Cup: Cities Manchester and Leicester Face Off Again
Manchester City will kick off again later today in a match, which is sure to feature numerous changes from the weekend thrashing of Arsenal. Certainly the in form striker, Sergio Aguero, will not have any part to play due to the calf injury picked up at the weekend expecting to keep him out for a month. The quarterfinal match will take place at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday and will see Manchester City and Leicester City rekindle their Cup rivalry.
Third in the Skybet Championship, Leicester actually has the better home record against Manchester City over the years. In 44 League games, the visitors have won only 13 times and with their recent history away from the Etihad, who would dismiss the hosts out of hand? In cup games Manchester City won the 1969 FA Cup Final against Leicester with a single Neil Young goal. The fans wore red and black striped scarves in the FA Cup third round in 2011 fixture between the two after the goal hero from 1969 had been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. That was a tied game and when the replay happened at the Etihad the current City squad came out wearing the red and black shirts worn by Young and his teammates back in 1969, although they played the game in their usual sky blue.
A slightly better statistic to look at for Manchester City fans is that you have to go back to February 1968 in order to watch a cup game where Manchester City was defeated by Leicester. With City improving year on year, it is does look like the biggest question for boss Manuel Pellegrini is who will start in goal, Joe Hart or Costel Pantilimon and whether City fans will get to see new faces like Stevan Jovetic or John Guidetti, the young Swede who personally I’d love to see get his chance. You also have to wonder what kind of mood the Leicester goalkeeper, Kasper Schmiechel, son of Manchester United legend Peter, will deal with the visit of his old side. Of course Kasper spent a few seasons on the Manchester City books, although most playing time was away from the squad on loan. With potentially only this team and one other left until the Final, do you rest some players for the busy festive League campaign or go all in? I think Manchester City has enough strength in depth to get through this game and still have enough in the tank to take on Fulham, Liverpool and Crystal Palace all in a week starting Saturday so expect the away side to progress.
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