Manchester City v Everton

Manchester City need to overcome a 2-1 deficit at the Etihad on Wednesday night if they are to qualify for the League Cup final at Wembley.

Everton produced an empressive display against an admittedly depleted City side in the first leg at Goodison Park, but the Citizens did grab an away goal that could prove crucial at the conclusion of the deciding fixture on Wednesday.

According to the away goals rule applied in the League Cup, if the scores are level at the conclusion of the second leg, the team with scored the most goals away from home is declared the winner. If that total is also even, the match will go into extra time and penalties if required. Away goals in extra time are not taken into account.

Rumelo Lukaku scored the winning goal in the first leg, but his form has dropped off recently with him failing to find the back of the net since and the Toffees will be needing him at his best to triumph.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed in his pre-match press conference that Joel Robles will replace Tim Howard in goal, with captain Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar recovering from niggles in time to be considered for the match day squad. However, James McCarthy has been ruled out until the end of the month with a hip injury.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also resting his first choice goalkeeper with Willy Caballero set to start ahead of Joe Hart between the sticks. Wilfried Bony failed a late fitness test and will miss out, while Eliaquim Mangala, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov, and Samir Nasri remain long-term injury concerns.

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