A couple of quick stat hits:
City's record when conceding first in Cup games is W0D1L4 (overall W1D2L9). When scoring first in Cup games W7D0L1 (overall W20D2L2).
How important is Nigel de Jong's presence? Record with him: W17 D7 L3. Without him: W4 D5 L5 (split Cup W3 D5 L2. League W1 D0 L3).