Here are Thursday 27th February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that are covering the Capital One Cup Final.
Former United pair will be crucial for Black Cats (Sunderland Echo): Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is backing former Manchester United pair John O’Shea and Wes Brown to play important roles in Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final against Manchester City.
Still two places up for grabs (News Post Leader): Two places in Sunderland’s starting line-up for the Capital One Cup Final are still to be decided by boss Gus Poyet.
Giaccherini is set to start (The Journal): Sunderland will re-shape their strike force for the Capital One Cup Final with Italian flyer Emanuele Giaccherini expected to be one of the names in the starting line-up.
Fletcher decision is a tough one (Sunderland Echo): Striker Steven Fletcher will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness for a starting spot in the Capital One Cup Final after he was not risked by Sunderland in last week’s Premier League defeat to Arsenal.
Poyet will help Johnson focus (Northern Echo): Adam Johnson is being tipped for a late claim for a place in England’s World Cup squad – but regardless of whether he makes the cut for the forthcoming friendly against Denmark, Gus Poyet will keep the 26-year-old fully focused on Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final.
Black Cats to give everything for the cause (Sunderland Echo): There will be nothing left on the Wembley pitch by Sunderland’s players who will have given everything to their Capital One Cup Final cause.
No Arsenal repeat on Sunday says Bardsley (Shields Gazette): Phil Bardsley says Sunderland will be a different proposition against Manchester City on Sunday as they look to avoid a repeat of their performance in their defeat at Arsenal last weekend.
Poyet aware of City dangers (FourFourTwo): Gus Poyet knows just how big a challenge his Sunderland side will face when they take on Manchester City in Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final.
Montgomery hopes for more Mannone heroics (Mirror): Jim Montgomery’s save for Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final against Leeds United is one of English football’s most iconic moments – and he is hoping for more heroics from current stopper Vito Mannone in the Capital One Cup Final.
The Manchester City captain who supports Sunderland! (Northern Echo): Steph Houghton plays her football for Manchester City Women and captain’s the side – but there are no split loyalties on Sunday as she is a big Sunderland fan.
Tueart to re-live old memories (Sunderland Echo): Dennis Tueart won the FA Cup with Sunderland in 1973 and the League Cup with Manchester City three years later – so Sunday’s final between the two sides will allow him to re-live some old memories.
Gus will make right calls – Crosby (Sunderland Echo): Malcolm Crosby, who led Sunderland to the 1992 FA Cup Final, is backing Gus Poyet to make the right decisions when it comes to picking his team for the Capital One Cup Final.
Fans from Hartlepool are on the road to Wembley (Hartlepool Mail): Fans from Hartlepool will be at Wembley on Sunday to cheer on their beloved Sunderland in the Capital One Cup Final.
Colback sparks security scare (Mirror): Jack Colback unwittingly revealed that the year of Sunderland’s last major trophy victory – 1973 – is the security entry code for one of the doors at their Academy of Light.
Lescott wants to leave with the lot (Daily Mail): Joleon Lescott is expecting to leave Manchester City this summer but he wants to sign off with a clean sweep of domestic trophies this season – starting with the Capital One Cup on Sunday.
Capital One Cup can be spur to success says Pellegrini (Mirror): Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reckons victory in the Capital One Cup Final can be a spur for his side to go on and secure further glory this season.
Fernandinho eyes first medal (Kick Off Nigeria): Midfielder Fernandinho wants to start his Manchester City medals collection in Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final.
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