Aston Villa will play against Manchester City on Sunday 1st March in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley stadium. This will be a 60th English League Cup final. This is the first time that these teams will play against each other at the new Wembley stadium. They’ve played 4 times in the Carabao Cup (League Cup), and Aston Villa won 3 times while Manchester City once. The winner of this Cup will qualify for UEFA Europa League qualifications in next season.
This will be 9th final for Aston Villa in Carabao Cup, and it has won the trophy 5 times, last time in 1996 against Leeds. Only Liverpool has played more finals in Carabao Cup – 12.
Aston Villa started the journey to the final in the second round where it played against Crewe Alexandra and won with 6:1 on away ground. In the 3rd round Villa had a more difficult challenge as it played against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Aston Villa also played this match as quest and won with 3:1. In the 4th round Villa faced Wolverhampton Wanderers and although Villa was considered as an underdog, on the home ground Aston Villa won with 2:1. In the quarter final Aston Villa played against Liverpool.
At that time Liverpool’s first squad was preparing for Fifa Club World Cup, so in the Carabao Cup match Liverpool played with a young squad, which was excellent for Aston Villa, as it won 5:0 on home ground.
In the semifinal Villa played two matches against Leicester City. In the first match the score was 1:1 as Leicester was the host, and in the second leg Villa won 2:1 and booked its place in the final at Wembley.
On the other side is Manchester City who is dominating in the Carabao Cup in the last few seasons. City has won this cup 6 times and only Liverpool has more trophies than that – 8. City has won the Cup trophy in the last two seasons and four times in the last six seasons. City had an easier road to the final as it faced less famous and tough opponents.
City started the competition in the 3rd round against Preston North End, and won with 3:1 on away. In the 4th round City faced Premier League side Southampton, and easily won 3:1 on home ground. In the quarter final Manchester City faced Oxford United which is far from City’s class and as expected Manchester City easy won 3:1 on away.
In the semifinal Manchester City faced the biggest rival, Manchester United. In the first match at Old Trafford, City showed more and dominated the whole game, and in the end won with 3:1. In the second leg at Etihad stadium Manchester United won with 1:0 in not so much interesting match, and with the first leg result Manchester City advanced to the final.
Manchester City enters in the final after the big win in the Champions League against Real Madrid on away, and after they lost the title race in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola side will certainly want to win the trophy and to give joy to the fans.
Aston Villa was promoted to the Premier League this season and their main goal in to avoid relegation, which is very tough as many clubs are in that part of the table with a similar number of points. The fans are very pleased with reaching the final and winning it will be something amazing and unbelievable to them.
However, it will be an interesting match for any football fan around the world.