PLAYERS COMPARISON: Head-To-Heads, Man City v Chelsea Stats for Carabao Cup final

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Manchester City take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions are favourites to life the trophy but under-fire Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will be desperate to secure from silverware as he fights for his job.

Here’s some of the key head-to-heads for the game:

MATCH FACTS

Chelsea and Manchester City are set to face in a Carabao Cup final for the first time – both sides have won the trophy five times previously, with only Liverpool winning it more often (eight times).

This is the first Carabao Cup meeting between Chelsea and Man City since the third round in 1993-94, when Brian Horton’s City side won 1-0 at Maine Road with a goal from David White.

Excluding Community Shield matches, Chelsea and Manchester City have only met in the final of a competition on one previous occasion – the 1985-86 Full Members Cup final at Wembley, a 5-4 victory for Chelsea, which remains the highest scoring final in Wembley history.

Manchester City, 2018 winners of the Carabao Cup against Arsenal, are looking to become only the fourth team to retain the trophy in consecutive years, after Man Utd (2009 and 2010), Liverpool (four years between 1981 and 1984) and Nottingham Forest (1978 and 1979 & 1989 and 1990).

Chelsea have already lost three times at Wembley this season, losing in the Community Shield against Manchester City and in the Premier League and League Cup semi-final against Spurs.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has scored more goals than any other player in this season’s League Cup (5) – but all five have come against League One sides (one v Oxford, four v Burton). Jesus has never scored a League Cup goal against Premier League opposition (5 games, 0 goals).

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Should one, or more, of Manchester City trio David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero score, they could become the first players to score in back-to-back League Cup finals since Didier Drogba did so for Chelsea in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Since the start of the 2012-13 season, no player has been involved in more League Cup goals for a Premier League side than Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (14 – 8 goals, 6 assists).

Sergio Aguero has scored 13 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions against Chelsea for Manchester City, only scoring more often against Newcastle United for the Citizens (15).

Only three players have scored more goals for a top-flight club against an opponent at Wembley than Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has against Chelsea (3) – Harry Kane against Southampton and Eric Cantona against Liverpool (4 goals) and Ian Rush against Everton (5 goals).

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could become the second Italian to win the League Cup, after Gianluca Vialli who won the trophy with the Blues in 1998.

No team has had more scorers in this season’s League Cup than Manchester City (8, level with Norwich City and West Ham).

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PLAYERS COMPARISON:

GOALKEEPERS

Ederson versus Kepa Arrizabalaga

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Chelsea smashed the world record for a goalkeeper when they bought Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6million, but the 24-year-old has struggled at times.

In comparison, Ederson has looked like a £35million steal. The Brazilian is an imposing figure and his ability to spring attacks with his wide range of passing is just as impressive.

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Winner: Ederson

DEFENDERS

Aymeric Laporte versus Cesar Azpilicueta

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Azpilicueta has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League over the last seven years – whether as a full-back or centre-back – but he was given a torrid time by Raheem Sterling when City beat Chelsea 6-0 two weeks ago.

When comparing, Laporte has become Pep Guardiola’s most trusted centre-back. Ruthless in the air and on the deck, the Frenchman’s distribution is another big strength.

Winner: Laporte

MIDFIELDERS

Fernandinho versus Jorginho

Guardiola wanted Jorginho to become Fernandinho’s long-term replacement, but the Brazilian opted to join Chelsea – and the feeling at the Etihad is that the champions dodged a bullet.

While Jorginho has struggled, 33-year-old Fernandinho continues to get better. The Brazilian is surely a contender for the Footballer of the Year award.

Winner: Fernandinho

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PLAYMAKERS

Kevin De Bruyne versus Eden Hazard

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Hazard is the player that City fear the most. With 15 goals and 10 assists the Belgian has once again been Chelsea’s most productive player.

De Bruyne has been limited to just 13 starts this season through injury and his return to top form as been slow. Guardiola will want his most creative midfielder to show why he was City’s player of the year last season.

Winner: Hazard

STRIKERS

Sergio Aguero versus Gonzalo Higuain

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Sergio Aguero is one of the best strikers in the world, key man in Manchester City who scored Hat trick against Chelsea last meeting and Higuine could not record one.

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Winner: Aguero

 

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