So dead was last night’s match between West Ham and Manchester City, that we didn’t even write a preview for it.
9-0 aggregate win is about as won sided as it gets, but well done to anyone who got on Negredo with double delight.
Here are the goals from the two two matches, in case you haven’t seen them. Whether it’s a lesson in abject defending, or fantastic attacking play is open to debate.
So the question is who will join Manchester City at Wembley for the League Cup final; Sunderland or Manchester Utd.
Sunderland won the first leg 2-1 with a last minute goal from on loan striker Fabio Borini.
Moyes knows that if his side can’t overturn the 2-1 deficit, then he’ll be unlikely end his first season in charge with any silverware (already out of the FA Cup and without the squad to challenge the best in Europe, and their defeat against Chelsea in the league left them 14 points adrift of the Arsenal).
With just one win in their last five matches, and the ease with which so many clubs have picked up victories at Old Trafford this season, Sunderland will feel they have a better chance of defending their lead than they would’ve in years gone past.
In their favour, Sunderland have lost only one of their last nine matches, so can consider themselves the form side going into this match. Going against them is their record at Old Trafford, they’ve not won there in a major competition since 1968.
Looking for omens?
Eight of the last nine teams to win the first-leg of a League Cup semi-final 2-1 at home, have been eliminated.
What are the odds?
Manchester Utd are favourites for the match and best priced at 1/3 on with Paddy Power.
Sunderland can be backed at a best price of 51/5 with 888 Sport.
If you’d rather bet on who will qualify for the final, Manchester Utd are 2/5 on across most bookmakers, with Sunderland 2/1 with BWin.
First goal scorer markets have Robin Van Persie and Rooney at 3/1 with BetFair, but there is doubt whether either will play let alone start. Better value might be had by laying the two of them and backing Welbeck at 7/2 with BWin.
If you fancy Sunderland to get a goal and maybe the win, Borini can be backed at 16/1 as first goal scorer.
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