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City have the quality to silence Gunners

City have the quality to silence Gunners

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A quadruple is now out of the question for Manchester City but Pep Guardiola’s team can beat Arsenal on Sunday and win the Carabao Cup.

City are aiming to win the competition for the fifth occasion in their history and third time in five seasons following their 2014 victory against Sunderland and the shoot-out win over Liverpool two years ago.

City are 53/20 to win the game by a one-goal margin following their shock FA Cup fifth-round loss at Wigan Athletic on Monday.

Arsenal have not won the League Cup for 25 years, when they beat Sheffield Wednesday in the final, while the only other time they lifted the trophy came in 1987 when they saw off Liverpool 2-1.

Arsene Wenger has often used the competition to blood his fringe first-team players but he badly needs to win Sunday’s final following Thursday’s dismal display in the Europa League against Ostersunds FK and their erratic Premier League form.

Since 1993 there have been seven occasions when the team that conceded the first goal went on to win the final so it may be worth betting on City to win the match from behind at 11/2 while Sergio Aguero, who has found the net in his last four appearances against the Gunners, is available at 59/20 to score the first goal at Wembley.

Arsenal were impressive when beating Chelsea over two legs in last month’s semi-final and Wenger’s team did come out on top against City last season at Wembley in the FA Cup.

However, Guardiola has taken seven points from a possible nine in the Premier League against Arsenal, including a 3-1 victory in November in Manchester.

City, who did not have it all their own way in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup when Championship side Bristol City pushed them hard over two legs, are 11/1 to beat the Gunners 3-1 again on Sunday.

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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.