Manchester United v Manchester City: EFL Cup betting ideas and predictions
United host bitter rivals City in a mouthwatering EFL Cup semi-final first leg during which we see the guests coming out on top
Odds are appropriate at the time of publishing and are subject to alter.
United’s irritating form to continue
Manchester United go into the second Manchester derby of the season after another drop in type that does not bode nicely for this EFL Cup conflict.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side rose to fifth within the desk after beating Newcastle United 4-1 at residence and Burnley 2-0 away between Christmas and new yr.
But 2019 has began with a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal and a goalless draw in the FA Cup third round at Wolves during which they did not register a shot on target in a domestic match for the primary time since 2015.
The semi-final presents a possibility to finish the most recent rut, but United are massive 7/2 outsiders to win and we’re backing City to edge a tight semi-final, first leg at 13/20.
United did document an impressive 2-1 victory on the Etihad last month, with the entrance three of Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial destroying a disjointed City defence. Both sides have scored in four of the previous five Manchester derbies and we are in a position to see that result coming in once more at 7/10.
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City are EFL Cup specialists
City’s hopes of a hat-trick of consecutive Premier League titles look all however over. They are 14 factors behind the undefeated leaders Liverpool, who’ve a game in hand.
But a 3rd straight EFL Cup win is on the cards and Pep Guardiola was able to relaxation key players for the FA Cup third-round win over 4-1 Port Vale at the weekend.Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus had been unused subs and Kevin de Bruyne was not within the squad.
Guardiola was outsmarted by Solskjaer as United’s lightning-quick counter-attacks proved decisive on the Etihad in December. But he is unlikely to be undone tactically twice and we will see a 2-1 victory to the visiting side coming in at 15/2.
City’s last win at Old Trafford came in April, when Bernardo Silva a Leroy Sane scored in a 2-0 victory. Although United held out until after the interval on that occasion, a Draw/Man City half-time/full-time bet is tempting at 7/2.
Aguero and Sterling to shine
The derby is the proper stage for City duo Sergio Aguero and Sterling to make their mark.
Aguero began the season in blistering type, scoring eight targets in City’s opening six league games and, after a month-long harm lay off in November and December, has scored in every of the previous two matches against Sheffield United and Port Vale.
He is 10/11 to attain at any time and has an honest record towards United with 9 in 11 appearances. Sterling has not scored against United in 14 appearances but has three targets in the EFL Cup this season and is 5/4 to attain at any time.
All odds inside this article appropriate at the time of publishing and are topic to change.