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Sunderland 2 Tottenham 2: Pochettino left to rue missed chances as late error gifts Sunderland a point

Samir Nasri made his return from injury to score City's second and secure the victory

Manchester City v Sunderland: Samir Nasri insists City players are focused on final and determined to bring home League Cup trophy

Nasri stresses that the minimum the squad can do is win the Capital One Cup at Wembley on Sunday

Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone celebrates making a save during Wednesday's shoot out

Manchester City v Sunderland: Vito Mannone determined not to allow chance of League Cup birthday present to pass him by

Mannone turns 26 on Sunday when he will be walking out at Wembley to try and help Sunderland win the Capital One Cup

Adam Johnson celebrates after pulling Sunderland level with Southampton

Manchester City v Sunderland: Adam Johnson believes Black Cats must beat the best team in England for League Cup success

Sunderland beat City earlier in the season but they must repeat the feat at Wembley in order to lift the Capital One Cup

Costel Pantilimon and Joe Hart (right) are vying to play in goal for Manchester City tomorrow

Manchester City v Sunderland: Joe Hart prepared to sit out League Cup final is Manuel Pellegrini sticks with Costel Pantilimon

Hart has regained his position as first choice goalkeeper but Pellegrini has chosen to play Pantilimon in the domestic cups so far this season

Former Sunderland loanee Jonny Evans dragged United back into the tie with a first-half header, but they needed a last-gasp Javier Hernandez strike to take it to penalties after Bardsley's 119th-minute goal looked to have booked Sunderland's trip to Wembley. But David Moyes' men wasted their reprieve in a dreadful shoot-out in which only Darren Fletcher was successful for the hosts, to allow Marcos Alonso and Ki to complete the job for the Wearsiders.

Manchester City v Sunderland: The two teams' routes to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley

The two teams meet at Wembley on Sunday afternoon

Adam Johnson is set to feature against his former side Manchester City in the Capital One Cup

Capital One Cup Final: Manchester City v Sunderland match preview

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could return before the end of January after his calf injury appeared not as bad as first feared

Manchester City v Sunderland: Sergio Aguero in contention for Capital One Cup final

Manuel Pellegrini reveals his star striker could feature at Wembley on Sunday

Adam Johnson controls the ball during a training session with Sunderland

Manchester City v Sunderland: Adam Johnson says Capital One Cup victory would top City achievements

The winger says a victory on Sunday would be a career highlight

Adam Johnson controls the ball during a training session with Sunderland

World Cup 2014: Adam Johnson's hopes of going to Brazil rest on receiving England call-up for Denmark match

The winger has scored seven goals in his last nine games for Sunderland, but has not featured in a squad since he was an unused substitute against Poland in 2012

Connor Wickham

Transfer news: Leeds United sign Connor Wickham on loan from Sunderland

The youngster has struggled to force his way into the Sunderland picture this term

Samir Nasri made his return from injury to score City's second and secure the victory

Manchester City v Sunderland: Samir Nasri fears repeat of Arsenal failure in Capital One Cup final

The Gunners 2011 defeat was the start of a run of poor form that cost them the Premier League title and Nasri acknowledges that victory will provide a massive boost for the rest of the season

Gus Poyet can hardly believe how bad his Sunderland side are at the Emirates

Manchester City v Sunderland: Gus Poyet baffled why fans focus on Capital One Cup glory over Premier League relegation fight

Gus Poyet’s early learning curve as a Premier League manager was steep, teaching him within a fortnight of moving in at Sunderland in October how much more important it was to have beaten Newcastle in his second match than merely losing 4-0 at Swansea in his first.

Olivier Giroud celebrates after opening scoring in Arsenal comfortable win over Sunderland

Arsenal 4 Sunderland 1 match report: Olivier Giroud returns to inspire the Gunners in Mesut Ozil’s absence

Frenchman, who has missed the last two matches, scores twice as Arsenal run riot in the first half

Mesut Özil’s lacklustre display showed the effects of a busy run of games since Christmas

Arsenal v Sunderland: Mesut Ozil left out of Gunners squad after midweek penalty heartache

Ozil's saved penalty attempt against Bayern Munich looked to severely affect his confidence and Wenger had hinted at leaving the £42.5m man out this weekend

Eden Hazard celebrates his hat-trick for Chelsea in the win over Newcastle earlier this month

Premier League preview: A statistical look at all this weekend's games, including Chelsea v Everton, Arsenal v Sunderland, Mancheter City v Stoke City, Crystal Palace v Manchester United and Liverpool v Swansea City

Providers of the largest online database for detailed football statistics WhoScored.com preview all of the matches in matchround 27 of the Premier League

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