Man City v Sunderland: League Cup Final key battles

Captain Kompany will be desperate to guide City to more silverware. Photo: PA

Manchester City will battle it out with Premier League strugglers Sunderland at Wembley on Sunday with the Capital One Cup at stake.

Here, we takes a look at the key battles which could determine where the season's first major trophy ends up.

VINCENT KOMPANY v FABIO BORINI

City's influential captain Kompany is the key to their back line, particularly with question marks over some of City's other centre-backs this season. By contrast, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has a major decision on his hands over his frontline and with Jozy Altidore ineffectual at Arsenal last weekend and Steve Fletcher only just back from injury, Italian Borini, who has prospered on the left but impressed in a central position at the Emirates Stadium, could get the nod.

YAYA TOURE v LEE CATTERMOLE

Toure is Manuel Pellegrini's inspirational driving midfield force, and his partnership with the defensively-sound Fernandinho has allowed him even greater freedom. Has scored 16 goals this season and will represent a significant threat to the Black Cats. Holding midfielder Cattermole might have left the Stadium of Light in January as Stoke made a concerted attempt to sign him in the wake of Liam Bridcutt's arrival on Wearside. However, Poyet decided to keep a man who has been rejuvenated under the new manager and with Bridcutt cup-tied, he could have a vital role to play.

SERGIO AGUERO v WES BROWN

Prolific Argentinian Aguero is poised to return to action after five games out with a hamstring injury. Despite his recent absence and a similar lay-off with a calf problem in January, he remains City's top scorer with 26 goals this season. Brown has been a by-stander too in recent weeks after being sent off for the second time this season against Hull on February 8. The former Manchester United defender has been in fine form since his return from a 21-month injury nightmare and his ability to limit Aguero could prove central to Sunderland's hopes of success.

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