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League Cup second legs carry completely different feels

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Sunderland’s Fabio Borini, right, scores his goal from a penalty kick during their English League Cup semifinal first leg soccer match against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)


You win some, you lose some and then you lose one 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Such is the scoreline that awaits West Ham United supporters when they walk through the gates for today’s League Cup semifinal second leg against Manchester City. The Citizens absolutely throttled Big Sam Allardyce’s side in Manchester behind goals from Alvaro Negredo (3), Edin Dzeko (2) and Yaya Toure.

West Ham will return several key players, including Kevin Nolan and James Tompkins. They also could feature Andy Carroll and Ravel Morrison, but making up that deficit is so far into the Theater of the Absurd that Albert Camus and Soren Kierkegaard have dismissed it as ridiculous. Kickoff is at 2:45pm ET from London.

Meanwhile, just across town, Old Trafford readies for what could be Manchester United’s best chance at Europe, coming tomorrow at 2:45pm ET. The Red Devils still have a comeback to conduct in order to earn a date with their noisy neighbors, however.

United went down 2-1 to Sunderland in the first leg, giving up an own goal off Ryan Giggs and penalty to Fabio Borini when Tom Cleverley made a poor challenge on Adam Johnson. Nemanja Vidic scored for the visitors.

But David Moyes side was the more dangerous in the match and Old Trafford should be fertile grounds, especially if Wayne Rooney is able to return to the line-up. The away goal is a nice cushion for the Red Devils.

How do you think these will play out? And what about the final?

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