All eyes will be on Manchester City this Sunday as they head down to Wembley for a highly anticipated final against Gus Poyet's Sunderland in the Capital One Cup.
Sunderland, who find themselves in the midst of a scrappy relegation battle, with the league's bottom eight teams, are looking for a refreshing taste of victory in a game which could see them turn their season around.
City on the other hand, have a game in hand against Arsenal and Chelsea as they sit uncomfortably in third place, knowing a win in the league will take them top, above Chelsea, but only on goal difference. The three teams at the top are fighting for glory, whilst the finalists' opponents struggling for survival in one of the closest relegation battles in Premier League history.
A win for Sunderland would not only give the Black Cats' travelling support something to cheer about, but it could give them a whole new mindset for the final months of the season. Poyet has worked some magic since bursting onto the scene after Paulo Di Canio's dismissal in October 2013.
They could use a piece of silverware to keep them motivated to want to work hard and stay in the top flight for yet another year. Being the underdogs in such a game is often disheartening but this will suit Poyet as the pressure is lifted and he will give his players an opportunity to shine, especially with the likes of Fabio Borini and Emanuele Giaccherini, who have been ever-present for Poyet's side this season.
Manchester City, on the other hand, are by far favourites to win, and if they don't? Well, some serious questions would have to be asked regarding their future title hopes. After a poor display at home to, arguably the best team in the world; Barcelona, they would want to get back to their prolific goal scoring and natural winning ways.
The win, which would also provide Manuel Pellegrini with his first trophy in England, would most definitely give the club a final push to secure the Premier League title, come May. The good news for City; the increasing likelihood that Aguero will return from injury for the game on Sunday, will give the Citizens' faithful the utmost belief that they can get the win and stake their claim for the ultimate reward.
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