Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea FC v Man City in Carabao Cup final

The BBC Sport pundit is tipping Manchester City to beat Chelsea FC in the League Cup showpiece on Sunday

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester City to beat Chelsea FC to win the Carabao Cup final on Sunday afternoon.

The Citizens will be looking to win their third trophy under Pep Guardiola at the home of English football on Sunday.

Manchester City are favourites to lift the Carabao Cup trophy at Wembley given their demolition of Chelsea FC in the Premier League earlier this month.

Sergio Aguero scored four times in Manchester City’s 6-0 rout of Maurizio Sarri’s side at The Etihad to hoist themselves back to the top of the table.

Chelsea FC have been in miserable form under Sarri to raise significant doubts about the Italian’s future at the west London club.

The Blues have conceded 12 times in their last four games in domestic competitions and will face the Premier League’s leading goal-scorers on Sunday.

Former Liverpool FC defender is tipping Manchester City to ease to victory over Chelsea FC in the League Cup showpiece at Wembley.

“I think Chelsea will be better than they were when Manchester City beat them 6-0 at Etihad Stadium earlier this month, and this will be a much closer game,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“I don’t see City battering them again, but I do see Pep Guardiola’s side beating them. I just don’t think Chelsea are good enough defensively.

“City are obviously after bigger prizes, but the good thing about winning the Carabao Cup is that it is an early one in the bag.”

Lawrenson added: “Even if Chelsea win, I don’t think it will be enough to save Maurizio Sarri’s job.

“It is not just working out for him, and the reaction of their fans to Monday’s defeat by Manchester United shows they have already made their minds up about him.”

Manchester City won the Premier League title last season in Guardiola’s second campaign in charge of the Eastlands outfit.

The Citizens were 3-0 winners against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final last term to win their first trophy under the former FC Barcelona manager.

Sarri is looking to secure his first piece of silverware at Wembley on Sunday after his appointment last summer.

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