John Barnes picks his Capital One Cup winners

Manchester City Etihad

Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Stoke City are the four semi-finalists in the competition.

Former Liverpool and Newcastle United winger John Barnes has predicted on Titanbet.co.uk that Manchester City will win the Capital One Cup this season.

City will take on Premier League rivals Everton in the semi-finals of the prestigious competition, while Liverpool and Stoke City will face each other in the other last-four tie.

“I’ve heard some people label Liverpool as favourites to win the cup now, but they’re not,” Barnes has written on Titanbet.co.uk. “Manchester City are the favourites to win it.

“Yes, Liverpool beat Man City 4-1 at the Etihad a few weeks ago but you can’t go by that. Stoke beat Man City 2-0 last weekend, so why aren’t they also being touted as the favourites.

“Man City have the strongest team and are above everyone else in the league, which is why they are the favourites.”

City have the best squad in England, and they should be considered as favourites to win the Capital One Cup this campaign.

The Citizens will take the Premier League and the Champions League more seriously, but even some of their ‘second-string' players are better than those at Everton, Stoke and Liverpool.

Liverpool, though, will fancy their chances. If they manage not to lose the first leg of the semi-final tie against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, then they should be backed to progress to the final.

Anything can happen in the final. Even a City team with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne can be defeated.

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