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Rich 27th Feb 2014 - 18:00

League Cup Final Opta Facts

  • This is Manchester City's first final appearance since 1976, where they beat Newcastle United at Wembley 2-1.
  • Sunderland's only previous League Cup final appearance came in the 1984/85 season, where they lost 1-0 to Norwich City.
  • In City's three league cup finals (1970, 1974 and 1976) each game has ended 2-1, with The Citizens winning twice.
  • The only previous League Cup clash between Man City and Sunderland came in the third round in 1979/80. The Mackems progressed in a replay beating City at Maine Road 1-0.
  • Sunderland have only lost one of their last five games against Manchester City, winning three and drawing once.
  • In fact, each of Sunderland's last four wins over Manchester City has come by a goal to nil.
  • Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are the joint-top scorers in the competition, with six goals apiece.
  • Only Chris Burke (4) has assisted more often in this season's competition than James Milner (3).
  • On their way to the final, Man City kept four clean sheets while Sunderland managed just one (v Peterborough).
  • Sunderland have been shown 19 yellow cards in the competition so far, 11 more than any other team. City have been shown just six.
  • Manchester City have scored 19 goals in the Capital One Cup this season, conceding just once.
  • The last team to make the final conceding just once in the tournament were Chelsea in 2006/07.
  • Should City win the final without conceding, they would be the first team to lift the trophy by only conceding once (Chelsea conceded twice in 2006/07 in total).
  • Four of the five teams that have conceded just once or fewer in the run-up to the League Cup final have lost the showpiece.
  • The last team to score more goals than Manchester City have in the League Cup this season before the final (19) were Spurs in 2001/02 (20).

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