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Man City have history on their side as they prepare for sixth League Cup final

Pep Guardiola heads to Wembley on Sunday hoping to secure his first piece of silverware as a Manchester City manager when they face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final.

A victory over the Gunners would make City the joint-second most successful club in the competition behind only Liverpool. It's the sixth time they've been in the final; here's a reminder of how they got in the previous five...

2016 -- Man City 1-1 Liverpool (City won 3-1 on penalties)

If Claudio Bravo is looking for inspiration for his first final in England, the Chilean need only go back two years when the League Cup final was the redemption moment for reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Many fans were desperate for Manuel Pellegrini to reinstate first-choice Joe Hart for the final but the City boss stuck with Caballero despite a number of below-par performances leading in. Pellegrini's faith was rewarded when Caballero became the hero with three fabulous penalty saves to secure a shootout victory.

City should have won the game comfortably inside 90 minutes. Fernandinho gave them the lead but Raheem Sterling missed two glorious chances against his old club before Philippe Coutinho nicked an equaliser with seven minutes remaining.

It looked like it wouldn't be City's day when Fernandinho struck the post with the first penalty of the shootout, but Caballero denied Lucas, Coutinho and Adam Lallana with outstanding saves to lift Man City to the title.

2014 -- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

Guardiola's predecessor Pellegrini secured his own first trophy thanks to two brilliant individual strikes from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri that denied the Black Cats their first silverware in 41 years.

Sunderland went into the final as underdogs but led at half-time when Fabio Borini sprinted clear of the City defence to fire under Costel Pantilimon -- another reserve keeper to taste League Cup success

With City's FA Cup shock against Wigan Athletic at Wembley coming just nine months earlier, there were fears of another upset with City struggling to break down Gus Poyet's side.

But the game changed in the space of two minutes after two stunning goals. First Toure curled an outrageous 25-yard strike over Vito Mannone and into the top corner. Then Nasri whipped a sweetly-struck half-volley just inside the post. Jesus Navas added a third in the final minute on the counterattack as Sunderland pushed for an equaliser.

Pellegrini went on to claim the Premier League trophy -- a domestic double that Guardiola would love to emulate.

1976 -- Man City 2-1 Newcastle United

City secured their fifth trophy in eight years but would never have guessed that they would have to wait another 35 years for their next taste of success.

And there haven't been many better Wembley winning goals that Dennis Tueart's brilliant overhead kick just after half-time.

Man City have an impressive 4-1 record in League Cup finals.
Man City are 4-1 in League Cup finals and can move joint-second with five titles won with a win on Sunday.

City were ahead when 19-year-old winger Peter Barnes, who would go on to be crowned that year's Young Player of the Year, latched onto a loose ball to score from close range. But Newcastle, who had been heavily hit by a flu bug in the build-up to the game, equalised just before half-time through Alan Gowling.

Tueart, born in Newcastle and a boyhood fan of the Magpies, missed two golden chances to restore City's lead before half-time. However, he made no mistake with a much more difficult opportunity when he volleyed home a brilliant overhead strike.

1974 -- Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Man City

City's only final defeat in the League Cup came on a day when they missed plenty of chances to have the game wrapped up.

It was to be the last Wembley appearance for many of the club's great players from their successful period of the late sixties and early seventies with Mike Summerbee, Colin Bell and Francis Lee all starting. Rodney Marsh had also joined and was so disappointed by the defeat that he threw away his medal.

Denis Law had also moved from Manchester United and it was to be his last Wembley appearance with retirement coming just six months later -- after his famous back-heel goal at Old Trafford on the final day of the season as his former club were relegated.

Kenny Hibbitt had given Wolves the lead just before half-time but Bell kept his cool to slot home an equaliser in the 59th minute.

But City wasted a number of opportunities to snatch the victory and were made to pay when John Richards scored the winner with just five minutes remaining.

1970 -- Man City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

Of the four times, City have won the League Cup, twice they have gone to win another trophy. The first time was in 1970, when after beating West Brom, they went onto claim their only ever European trophy -- the European Cup Winners' Cup after beating Polish side Gornik Zabrze in Vienna.

Days before the final, Wembley's famously perfect pitch was ruined when, incredibly, the Horse of the Year show was held on the turf days before with City boss Joe Mercer describing it as "a pig of the pitch".

City had just returned from playing in Portugal against Academica de Coimbre and their journey home was badly affected by adverse weather.

It got worse for them when West Brom took the aerial route to score a fifth-minute opener through Jeff Astle.

But they scrambled a second-half equaliser through Mike Doyle before Glyn Pardoe volleyed in the winner in extra-time.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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