Club Manchester City will be looking to win their first silverware of the season this Sunday when they face off against Sunderland in the Capitol One Cup final.
The game will also mark the much-anticipated return of the prestigious Argentine international striker Sergio Aguero, who was off the grass due to injury. He is expected to start the match and have the biggest impact when it comes to scoring. His presence was missed in the last few games which means teammates will be happy to have him and his creativity back on the field.
Manuel Pellegrini has a lot to ponder when it comes to what formation to use. A 4-4-2 will be good as the wingers can push up the flanks to find the strikers in open spaces to hit on frame. However, the midfield would have to be shaped in a diamond or in a holding structure as a flat line will be too bland and not enough to score more than once.
The team needs this win to help themselves bounce back from that atrocious 2-0 home loss against Barcelona. That was a game where they decided to show too much respect, hoping that they could strike from the counter. Unfortunately, that did not work out for them.. at all.
Sunderland is an opponent that they may decide to show almost no respect for. This would be nothing short of a mistake as the Black Cats made it this far for a reason: they can change a game in an instant, and this can be one of those opportunities of a lifetime.
This will be a special moment for Adam Johnson, Sunderland winger who made a name for himself at Manchester City before signing for his new club in 2012. If he scores in this game, he will be sending a statement that describes how much they should regret selling him.
Prediction: Manchester City 3, Sunderland 1
City will simply overwhelm their opponents as they are the hungrier and more desperate side as they want to make this a trophy-filled season.