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Semi-Final preview

21 January 2014

We look ahead to the Semi-Final second legs of the Capital One Cup

West Ham United face an improbable task on Tuesday night in their Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg against Manchester City, with the Hammers trailing 6-0 from the reverse fixture.

City ran riot at the Etihad two weeks ago with Alvaro Negredo netting a superb hat-trick. Edin Dzeko was at the double, while Yaya Toure also got his name on the scoresheet. That result virtually rubber-stamped their place at Wembley for March's Final.

The Hammers must now pull off one of the greatest ever League Cup comebacks if they are to progress, but haven't got the better of City in eight attempts.

It's a totally different story in the other Semi-Final second leg, with Sunderland leading Manchester United 2-1 ahead of their clash at Old Trafford.

A Fabio Borini penalty at the Stadium of Light earned Sunderland their first win over United since November 2000, at the 21st attempt, giving them a slender advantage.

Gus Poyet's men need to avoid defeat on Wednesday to reach their first major cup final since the 1992 FA Cup, but they face a United side who are fighting for a fifth League Cup title. Only Aston Villa with five triumphs and eight-time winners Liverpool have enjoyed more success in the competition.


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