It’s Wembley and it’s a cup final. There’s no such thing as an insignificant trophy win, unless your team was knocked in the early stages, but this game will mean a lot more in Sunderland than it does in Manchester.
Winning cup finals and being relegated from the Premier League in the same season has come in to vogue in recent times. Sunderland manager Gus Poyet doesn’t want his side to be relegated but he has put winning silverware above survival. Having beaten City 1-0 in the Stadium of Light back in November he may well land the club’s first trophy since their FA Cup win back in 1973.
Manchester City on the other hand may just want to get this one out of the way. The first and easiest step in their quest to win everything this season. With their eyes on more glittering prizes and this technically being an away game, where they’ve looked vulnerable this season, an upset is very much on the cards. That’s not to say Manuel Pellegrini’s team won’t go out and hammer the poor Black Cats.
To help you make a little money on today’s game Josh has kindly crunched some numbers and put together the below stats.
So according to the above image what’s likely to happen is Manchester City will win a clean game where both teams score, we see at least three goals and Yaya Toure will open the scoring. If none of this comes to pass blame the stats. If that doesn’t help blame Josh. I have his phone number if anyone wants it.
- Over 2.5 goals at 1/2 (winner)
- Man City to win at 1/3 (winner)
- Both teams to score at 4/5 (winner)
- Card Index: Under 40 points at evens (winner)
- Yaya Toure to score first at 11/2 (loser – he scored the 2nd goal)
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