Aston Villa vs Man City live stream: How to watch Carabao Cup final online and on TV today

Manchester City face Aston Villa in the final of the Carabao Cup on Sunday, with both teams fighting over the first real domestic trophy of the season.

City were recently struck by a two-season ban from Europe and trail Premier League rivals and leaders Liverpool by 22 points, but they had reason to celebrate this week as they came from behind to defeat 10-man Real Madrid in the first leg of the teams’ Champions League last-16 tie.

Meanwhile, Villa slipped into the relegation zone on Saturday with a game in hand, but the Carabao Cup has been a successful distraction for the newly promoted side this season.

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They will very much be the underdogs on Sunday, though, and will aim to avoid a repeat of their 6-1 January thrashing by City.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Carabao Cup final.


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1/20 20. VFB Stuttgart

2/20 19. AS Saint-Etienne

3/20 18. Girondins Bordeaux

4/20 17. Genoa

5/20 16. Atalanta

6/20 15. KRC Genk

7/20 14. Swansea City

8/20 13. Dinamo Zagreb

9/20 12. Crystal Palace

10/20 11. CA Paranaense

11/20 10. Empoli

12/20 9. PSV Eindhoven

13/20 8. Sampdoria

14/20 7. TSG Hoffenheim

15/20 6. LOSC Lille

16/20 5. RB Salzburg

17/20 4. Sporting CP

18/20 3. Ajax

19/20 2. SL Benfica

20/20 1. Chelsea

1/20 20. VFB Stuttgart

2/20 19. AS Saint-Etienne

3/20 18. Girondins Bordeaux

4/20 17. Genoa

5/20 16. Atalanta

6/20 15. KRC Genk

7/20 14. Swansea City

8/20 13. Dinamo Zagreb

9/20 12. Crystal Palace

10/20 11. CA Paranaense

11/20 10. Empoli

12/20 9. PSV Eindhoven

13/20 8. Sampdoria

14/20 7. TSG Hoffenheim

15/20 6. LOSC Lille

16/20 5. RB Salzburg

17/20 4. Sporting CP

18/20 3. Ajax

19/20 2. SL Benfica

20/20 1. Chelsea

When is the match?

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

Prediction

Anything can happen in a cup final, but it’s hard not to think of the conclusion of last year’s FA Cup, when City demolished Watford 6-0, somewhat muddying the ‘magic’ of that competition. Do not expect a fairtyale ending for Premier League strugglers Villa on Sunday; City’s experience in these sorts of matches will stand them in good stead and the defending Carabao Cup champions will be buoyed by their comeback win at Real Madrid earlier this week. Expect City to make it three Carabao Cup titles in a row, comfortably.

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

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