Manchester City and Tottenham will face each other in a delectable Carabao Cup final on Sunday afternoon, while Ryan Mason will face veteran Pep Guardiola in his second game in management.
Elected Premier League champions City are no longer on the hunt for a historic treble after being defeated by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. However, three more trophies are up for grabs, with their first leg in the Champions League semi-final at Paris Saint-Germain, just three days after the domestic game.
A Tottenham side now without Jose Mourinho have returned to winning Southampton on Wednesday evening, and they will be looking for both a trophy and a top four spot to end this very turbulent season.
City and Tottenham have both joined and left the Shambolic European Super League this week in what embarrassed both clubs, but they will try to move on by claiming the first trophy of the season.
With the game fast approaching, Sportsmail will take you through the all-important information.
Pep Guardiola (left) will take on Tottenham’s Interim Head coach Ryan Mason (right) on Sunday
The Carabao Cup trophy is up for grabs as Manchester City and Tottenham go to war
When is Manchester City vs Tottenham?
Manchester City and Tottenham will compete in the final of the Carabao Cup on Sunday 25 April.
The game will take place at Wembley Stadium, and the game will start at 4.30pm.
The final was originally scheduled for February 28, but was postponed in the hope that fans would then be able to attend.
And that certainly turned out to be the right decision, with the competition chosen as a pilot event to test the public’s return.
There will be a total of 8,000 spectators at Wembley, consisting of fans from both sides, as well as area residents and NHS employees.
How do you watch the Carabao Cup final?
The Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, with programming from 4pm.
Sky Sports subscribers can also watch the games online by streaming them on Sky Go.
Viewers can also purchase a Sky Sports day pass with it NowTV for £ 9.99, with a monthly pass for £ 33.99.
Routes to the final
Manchester City flew past rivals United to reach the 2021 Carabao Cup final
Son Heung-min took a crucial goal as Tottenham beat Brentford to reach the final
Round 3: 2-1 vs Bournemouth (H)
Round of 16: 3-0 vs Burnley (A)
Quarter Final: 4-1 vs Arsenal (A)
Semi-final: 2-0 against Manchester United (A)
Round 3: Bye vs Leyton Orient settled
Round of 16: * 1-1 vs Chelsea (H)
Quarter Final: 3-1 vs Stoke (A)
Semi-finals: 2-0 Bentford (H)
Manchester City has certainly not had an easy route to the Carabao Cup final, on paper anyway, with consecutive matches against Premier League trio Burnley, Arsenal and Manchester City.
They started their defense of the league with what turned out to be a difficult draw against championship outfit Bournemouth, where they needed a 75-minute attack from Phil Foden to carry them through to the round of 16.
It was more routine in their next clash against Burnley, with Raheem Sterling’s double contributing to Ferran Torres’s battle and giving Guardiola a comfortable win.
What followed was a very impressive 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Emirates, before City traveled to Old Trafford to knock their rival Manchester United out of the cup and reach the final with a 2-0 victory.
Tottenham got a bye in their third round against Leyton Orient, with the League Two club unable to play after a coronavirus outbreak.
They then took a hard-fought victory over London rival Chelsea in the third round, beating Frank Lampard’s side on penalties before flying past championship pair Stoke and Brentford to reach the final.
Manchester City vs Tottenham: key statistics
League position: 1st
Carabao Cup Top Scorer: Foot (2)
Most Carabao Cup assists: Foden (2)
Carabao Cup Goals Scored: 11
Carabao Cup goals conceded: 2
Last five league matches: 4W, 0D, 1L
League ranking: 6th
Top scorer of the Carabao Cup: multiple (1)
Most Carabao Cup assists: Reguilon (2)
Carabao Cup Goals Scored: 6
Carabao Cup goals conceded: 2
Last five league matches: 2W, 2D, 1L
Kevin De Bruyne is back in training after limping in City’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea
Mason hopes Harry Kane will be fit after limping against Everton with an ankle injury
Manchester City got a boost in time with Pep Guardiola confirming that both Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero fully trained on Friday.
De Bruyne was replaced in City’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea due to an ankle injury, which also saved him from their next win over Aston Villa.
City obviously has one eye on their Champions League encounter with PSG, so De Bruyne can start on the couch.
Meanwhile, City will be without John Stones after being sent off against Villa, with Aymeric Laporte expected to partner Ruben Dias.
As for Tottenham, Ryan Mason confirmed he is still unsure if Harry Kane will play at his press conference on Friday, revealing that the England captain has yet to resume training.
“Harry is a top pro,” he said. “We go over it from hour to hour to see how he feels. We are not going to risk his body if we think it is not appropriate. We’re never going to put Harry in that position, absolutely not. ‘
Elsewhere, Mason will likely opt again for the partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier, with Davinson Sanchez in bad shape and Joe Rodon tied in the cup.
The 29-year-old immediately brought Gareth Bale back to his first XI, and is expected to play again. Harry Winks’ cameo against Southampton has given Mason a bit of a headache on the selection, with Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndomebele failing to impress.
Manchester City vs Tottenham: the odds
While Tottenham may benefit from a honeymoon after the arrival of Ryan Mason, it is City who enter the league as the overwhelming favorites among bookies, which will surprise few.
Guardiola’s side is preferred at 1/2 to win, while Tottenham is the underdogs at 5/1. In the meantime, there is a draw on 15/4 after 90 minutes.
* Odds according to Betfair and correct at time of publication.