Capital One Cup football continues from Manchester’s Etihad Stadium tonight, with the game available to watch online with Bet365, who announced an exclusive live stream this morning for customers.
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Manchester City are considered overwhelming 1/5 favourites to beat West Ham in the opening leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final as City look to win their first title under Manuel Pellegrini.
Manchester City have looked like strong candidates for a trophy all season long and they could move one step closer to securing a place in the league cup final with against a struggling West Ham side on Wednesday night.
City have been ruthless in the Cup so far knocking out Newcastle and avenging their FA Cup defeat to Wigan as they stormed their way through to the semi-finals.
Ahead of the first leg, City will most likely bring in some of their more well known first team players as they look to take control of the tie with the likes of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko all likely candidates to start the match.
Pellegrini is still without a few of his top names with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Martin Demichelis all still trying to recover from their injury problems.
Throughout the whole competition, City have been leaders at both ends of the field with Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko being the highest scoring player left in the competition (4 goals) whilst their defence has concede just 1 goal in the first three games.
West Ham have defied their poor league form to reach the final four of the cup and have seen off tough games against both Cardiff and Tottenham to give themselves at getting something out of a quickly deteriorating season for The Hammers.
However, Sam Allardyce is met with yet more injury concerns ahead of the trip to The Etihad with Mark Noble out with a calf injury joining the likes of Andy Carroll, James Collins and Winston Reid on the sidelines.
With Kevin Nolan also suspended for the game, it means that the likes of Jack Collison and Matthew Taylor will need to come into the midfield and help create some offence for the likes of Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole to chase down.
Despite their poor form, it will be foolish to write off The Hammers until the very end considering that West Ham have scored 5 out of their last 8 goals in the cup in the final 15 minutes of the game with their last three going in after the 85th minute.
West Ham need more than some last gasp magic to get anything from the first leg at The Etihad though as Manchester City look to inflict more damage on teams making their way up to Manchester.