Manchester City take on West Ham United tonight in part one of their two-legged semi-final in the Capital One Cup.
The sides come into this game at the Etihad Stadium with very different form. City’s confidence is high after five wins from six, with the draw coming at Championship side Blackburn on Saturday in the FA Cup.
In contrast, West Ham have only one win in the last nine outings, with that coming in the 2-1 quarter-final victory at Tottenham.
The Hammers received a 5-0 thumping at Nottingham Forest on Sunday, and so visiting Manchester would have been the last thing manager Sam Allardyce would have wanted.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team have been unstoppable at home in the league this season. They have won all ten encounters and have scored 53 goals in 14 games in all competitions at the ground, slowly turning it into a fortress.
Argentine striker Sergio Aguero (calf) is back in training along with Micah Richards (hamstring) but both will be unavailable for the home team, along with Jesus Navas, who is ruled out with a knee injury.
Centre-half Martin Demichelis is back in with a chance of featuring and Edin Dzeko is likely to start up-front as he looks to continue his good form in this competition, with the Bosnian already scoring four times this season.
In terms of the visitors, Allardyce is struggling with a lot of defensive casualties but has reacted by bringing in Roger Johnson on-loan from League 1 side Wolves.
Record signing Andy Carroll has returned to training but will miss this game along with defenders Winston Reid (ankle), James Collins and James Tomkins (both groin). Skipper Kevin Nolan is suspended and Ricardo Vaz Te has a shoulder problem, but Mark Noble (calf) could return.