Aston Villa vs Man City LIVE: Carabao Cup final team news, line-ups and latest news today

Manchester City meet Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final today and Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions are heavy favourites to retain their crown. 

City arrive on the back of a impressive display against Real Madrid in the Champions League, winning 2-1 in the Bernabeu, although centre-back Aymeric Laporte will be absent after picking up an injury in the game. 

Villa are in a fight for survival and yesterday’s wins by West Ham and Watford leave Dean Smith’s side 19th in the Premier League table, but a shock today would see the club lift their first major silverware since winning the same trophy in 1996. Follow the final live:

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What Villa’s long odds of winning Carabao Cup say about football

  • Lawrence Ostlere
  • 1 March 2020 14:40

Match preview

When is the Carabao Cup final?

The match kicks off at 4.30pm at Wembley Stadium.

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football. Subscribers will be able to stream the match through the SkyGo app.

Team news

Worryingly for Villa, City have a squad that’s nearly at full health. That said, the one player they’re certain to be without on Sunday is Aymeric Laporte, whose absence earlier this term almost single-handedly derailed City’s season. The Frenchman suffered a hamstring injury against Real Madrid and was substituted 33 minutes in.

Meanwhile, Leroy Sane played for the club’s U23s this week as he nears a return from injury, but the Germany international is unlikely to feature for the first team on Sunday.

Villa will be without long-term absentees Wesley and goalkeeper Tom Heaton, while key man John McGinn is still a few weeks away from a return to the team’s midfield.

Predicted line-ups

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

Aston Villa: Reina; Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Targett; Douglas Luiz, Nakamba; Grealish, El Ghazi, Samatta

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