Manchester City come up against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final as Pep Guardiola’s team seek to win the title for the third year in a row on Sunday.

City, who were recently dealt a blow in the form of a two-season European ban and who trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by 22 points, had cause to celebrate in the week as they beat 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the sides’ Champions League last-16 first tie.

Meanwhile, Villa fell into the relegation zone on Saturday with a game in hand, but their Carabao Cup venture has been a successful one this season.

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They will certainly be the underdogs on Sunday, though, and will be desperate to avoid a repeat of their 6-1 January thumping by City.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Carabao Cup final.​ 

Team news

Worryingly for Villa, City have a squad that’s nearly at full health. That said, the one player they’re certain to be without on Sunday is Aymeric Laporte, whose absence earlier this term almost single-handedly derailed City’s season. The Frenchman suffered a hamstring injury against Real Madrid and was substituted 33 minutes in.

Meanwhile, Leroy Sane played for the club’s U23s this week as he nears a return from injury, but the Germany international is unlikely to feature for the first team on Sunday.

Villa will be without long-term absentees Wesley and goalkeeper Tom Heaton, while key man John McGinn is still a few weeks away from a return to the team’s midfield.

Predicted line-ups

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

Aston Villa: Reina; Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Targett; Douglas Luiz, Nakamba; Grealish, El Ghazi, Samatta

When is the match?

The match kicks off at 4.30pm at Wembley Stadium.

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football.

Subscribers will be able to stream the match through the SkyGo app.​

Prediction

Anything can happen in a cup final, but it’s hard not to think of the conclusion of last year’s FA Cup, when City demolished Watford 6-0, somewhat muddying the ‘magic’ of that competition. Do not expect a fairtyale ending for Premier League strugglers Villa on Sunday; City’s experience in these sorts of matches will stand them in good stead and the defending Carabao Cup champions will be buoyed by their comeback win at Real Madrid earlier this week. Expect City to make it three Carabao Cup titles in a row, comfortably.

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

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