Unlike so much in the world right now, the worst fears were not realised. Manchester City did not crush Aston Villa in a way that was demoralising or humiliating. They won by the smallest margin, a single goal, and were made to work for it until the very end.
Pep Guardiola’s men will be looking to retain the League Cup and make it their third consecutive title win and six overall in the competition to put them one behind Liverpool overall.
Villa last won the competition in 1995/96 season as they look to pinch the title and join Liverpool in stripping Man City of their domestic dominance last year.
Sportsmail’s Dan Ripley will provide live EFL Cup coverage of Aston Villa vs Man City including score, lineups and build-up.