City Looks For Long Overdue League Cup

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Edin Dzeko was part of City's line-up against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend. Image courtesy of Images
A few managers in the Premier League have already been dismissed in the first half of the season and surely Sam Allardyce’s head must be on the chopping block after West Ham’s shocking recent run of results. The Londoners have won just one of their last nine games and, surprisingly, it managed to get worse at the weekend when they were thrashed 5-0 by Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup. The only success of late came in the League Cup when they beat near-neighbour Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 to progress to the last four of the competition.

The Hammers are at long odds to make their way to Wembley Stadium for the final after drawing Manchester City in the semis. Manuel Pellegrini’s team is unbeaten over its last 13 games, and host their opponent on Thursday morning (AEST) at Etihad Stadium, a venue where it has won all ten games in the EPL so far this campaign.

City was surprisingly held 1-1 by Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup at the weekend, but expect Pellegrini to play a strong squad in this contest given it is at the pointy end of the competition. Sergio Aguero (calf) and Dedryck Boyata (suspension) are definitely out, but Micah Richards, Martin Demichelis and Steven Jovetic could all return from hamstring injuries. West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan will miss the match due to suspension while Andy Carroll (foot), James Tomkins (groin), James Collins (calf), Winston Reid (ankle) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) head a long injury list.

West Ham has won just one of the past 15 matches between the teams in all competitions. City easily accounted for the Hammers 3-1 earlier this season with Aguero posting a double. 

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