Manchester City vs Sheffield Wednesday match preview: Capital One Cup

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Capital One Cup fixture at the Etihad Stadium

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Defending Capital One Cup champions Manchester City go into Wednesday’s fixture at the Etihad Stadium sixth in the Premier League after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

Defender Pablo Zabaleta is suspended after being sent off against the Blues, meanwhile striker Sergio Aguero will miss out with a minor knee problem.

Midfielders Samir Nasri and David Silva are also ruled out for the cup tie against the Owls with respective ankle and groin injuries.

Sheffield Wednesday currently sit one point inside the Championship’s play-off places in sixth after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Reading.

However, Stuart Gray’s side are still without midfielders Kieron Lee (groin) and Sam Hutchinson (back) for the trip to the Premier League champions.

Chris Kirkland could replace goalkeeper Keiren Westwood after playing for the Owls in the first two rounds of the League Cup.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Manchester City 2 (Ireland, Vassell) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Bullen), FA Cup, January 2007

Sheffield Wednesday 1 (MacLean) Manchester City 1 (Samaras), FA Cup, January 2007

Manchester City 4 (Horlock, Huckerby, Berkovic, Goater) Sheffield Wednesday 0, Championship, February 2002

 

STATS…

Manchester City are unbeaten in their least nine games against Sheffield Wednesday, winning five.

The two sides last met in the League Cup 35 years ago to this month, with City winning 2-1 at home to seal a 3-2 aggregate win to progress into the third round.

Manchester City have failed to register a win in their last four games in all competitions, stretching back to their 3-1 victory over Liverpool on August 25.

Edin Dzeko is Manchester City’s League Cup specialist, with the Bosnian scoring nine goals in his ten League Cup appearances.

Sheffield Wednesday have failed to reach the fourth round of the League Cup since 2001 where they fought off Crystal Palace 3-1 on penalties after an initial 2-2 draw in the third round.

The Owls have already knocked out Premier League opposition in the League Cup this year after defeating Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor in the previous round.

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Edin Dzeko

 

ODDS…

Manchester City to win: 1.2

Sheffield Wednesday to win: 13.0

Draw: 7.0

CLASSIC MATCH...

Manchester City hammered Sheffield Wednesday 6-2 at Hillsborough to rise up to fourth in the Championship in a season where the Citizens would finish top of the table and seal their return to the Premier League.

Pablo Bonvin gave the Owls a shock lead inside three minutes, but goals from Ali Benarbia and Shaun Goater gave City a slender half-time lead.

Leigh Bromby equalised for the hosts just two minutes after the restart before a flurry of strikes from Danny Granville, Goater’s second and a brace from Paulo Wanchope demolished Sheffield Wednesday in a second-half rout.

TV: Highlights on BBC1 from 11.05pm.

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