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"Anything can happen at Wembley" - Wright-Phillips

28 February 2020

Former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is expecting "an amazing Final" when his old club take on Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, and believes the result is not a foregone conclusion.

City - who have won the competition in each of the last two seasons - will be the favourites to do so again under the famous arch, but face a Villa side who have scored more goals than any other side in this season's instalment.

Speaking at a special event at Tower Bridge in London to begin the countdown to kick-off, Wright-Phillips says he's looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic game.

"The fact that it's the 60th year of the competition, the fact that City can become the second team to win it three years in a row, it's amazing," he said.

"It's an important trophy, and I think both sides will bring their 'A game'. The fans at Wembley on days like these are incredible, so I think it's shaping up to be an amazing Final.

"I've played in a League Cup Final and it's a hard feeling to describe. As a kid, you always dream of playing on that stage and I had the chance to do that. You're full of positive energy and nerves, it's incredible."

City beat Villa 6-1 when the sides met at Villa Park in the league, but Wright-Phillips believes the Final will be a much closer contest.

"It's a one-off game and anything can happen. If Villa go ahead, it's a completely different game; I think it will be a really interesting one to watch.

"City will play their game, they'll have plenty of the ball, and it's no wonder teams struggle to keep them at bay. I think Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish will be key.

"I think it's going to be 2-1 or 3-1 to City, but don't want to jinx it!"

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