Paul Merson picks his favourite to land the Capital One Cup

Manchester City, Liverpool and Sheffield Wednesday are among the League Cup quarter finalists.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is backing Manchester City to win the Capital One Cup as he feels their strong squad gives them a big advantage over their rivals, the Daily Star report.

City navigated their way through to the quarter-final stage with a comfortable win over Crystal Palace in midweek, yet the same could not be said of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal who all suffered unexpected defeats.

The so-called big clubs rung the changes in the last round, Liverpool making as many as 10 while Arsenal opted to rest a number of star players for their trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

While the gamble paid off for the Reds, the Gunners suffered a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of the Owls, with the result fully deserved on the balance of play at Hillsborough.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson acknowledged it’s an open draw but backs current Premier League leaders City to end up lifting the trophy.

“It’s hard to look past Manchester City for the Capital One Cup Their squad is so strong and they have so many good players. When you have a big squad it’s such an advantage in the competition,” he said.

“Teams should take the League Cup more seriously. Getting to a quarter-final can take the pressure off you if you’re not doing well in other competitions.”

“I think it’s a great thing – and I think City will win it if they take it seriously enough.”

City host Championship side Hull in the next round, whereas Liverpool travel to Southampton.

Sheffield Wednesday’s reward for beating Arsenal sees them visit Stoke City, while Manchester United’s conquerors Middlesbrough host Everton in what should be an intriguing tie at the Riverside.

City’s vast quality and squad depth will help them to juggle the rigours of Premier League football, Champions League football and the two domestic cup competitions.

However, their upcoming Championship opponents are not to be underestimated and as Boro showed last season, any underdog can get the better of their opponents with hard work and determination.

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