Sunday's League Cup final is a match with a lot of storylines as Arsenal and Birmingham square off for the title.

For Birmingham, it's been a long time since they've taken home a trophy. In 1963, they took home the League Cup, and won the FA Cup in 1956.

The Blues are in danger of being relegated, so a victory on Sunday would provide a jolt of momentum to stay in the Premier League.

Arsenal, a club accustomed to winning, hasn't taken home a title since becoming Premier League champions in 2003-2004, which is a long drought for the club, and a victory on Sunday would be the Gunners' first League Cup title since 1993.

The Gunners are trailing Manchester United in the Premier League standings, and have the second leg of the Round-of-16 match with Barcelona at Nou Camp on March 8 on their minds.

We have so many targets in front of us. What I believe is important now is that the team focuses on the game we play on Sunday, manager Arsene Wenger said.

Arsenal will be without the services of star midfielder Cesc Fabregas this Sunday, who strained his hamstring on Wednesday in a home game against Stoke City.

Theo Walcott will also be sidelined for the final after spraining his ankle against Stoke, and is expected to miss one-to-two weeks. But Abou Diaby, Laurent Koscielny and Robin van Persie are expected to play.

Belarus midfielder Alexander Hleb, who is nursing a bruised knee, is questionable for Birmingham. Defenders Liam Ridgewell and Martin Jiranke are available for manager Alex McLeish. Forward Cameron Jerome is also expected to play on Sunday.

Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner has scored six goals in his last seven League Cup appearances for the Gunners.

The Blues are led by giant Serbian forward Nikola Zigic who has been in good form recently.

Arsenal have defeated Birmingham twice this season, by a combined score of 5-1. In their last eight meetings, Arsenal have won five matches, and the clubs tied the other three.

Arsenal are the favorites in the match, but McLeish believes Birmingham can pull off an upset.

It's a cup final and we've got parity in terms of the fans, we've got fantastic support behind us and I'm sure the players will relish that, McLeish said.

Mike Dean will be the official.