Added to this is the somewhat freaky decision for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to be used only the Chelsea v Arsenal game and not over the two legs between Manchester City and Bristol City.
At 8/15 (1.53) to win the League Cup, Pep Guardiola's side are expected to dispose of Bristol City in their two-legged semi-final which gets underway this week and should they do so, they'd then be a short price to get the better of either Chelsea or Arsenal in the showpiece finale.
"In sport, the most important thing is what's next - visualize, focus on what's next". Manchester City are 4-1-0 in their last five overall and 5-0 in their last five home games.
City controlled the tie from the first kick of the ball as IIkay Gundogan and Silva dominated the midfielder with the latter having a shot blocked from just outside the box 10 minutes into the game.
David Silva's unavailability due to personal reasons, coupled with City's busy festive schedule, has provided more opportunities in the City midfield for Gundogan, with the Germany global keen to stake his claim for more regular first-team action.
"We had a game plan and I think it worked in the first half".
"If we have less games, then a player or two or three players, will sit on the bench unsatisfied with their situation".
"But as long as we bring it back to Ashton Gate with a good scoreline we've got every chance".
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Milner made no mistake with the spot-kick as he dispatched the ball past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with confidence. The breakthrough came five minutes after the half-hour mark when Liverpool were awarded a penalty by referee Bobby Madley.
"If it doesn't happen, we are going to move forward with the players we have".
Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk are the only team to beat City this campaign, in a Champions League dead rubber last month.
"I'm so happy", he said.
He did it in Round Four, and he's done it again.
"All the guys who don't play regularly, they were incredible", he said.
Not that City fans should be complaining too much as if the system they use in Italy's Serie A is anything to go by, we should forget about it all together.
Dyche shrugged off the incident, saying: "You both fight, you both want your teams to win".