Sports Ticket: Manchester United vs Manchester City EPL Preview, Prediction & Streaming Info
The Red Devils had won five of their past six overall match-ups, and they had also scored two or more goals in nine of their last twelve games.
At home, they are also on a three-fixture winning run, and had scored nine goals in the process.
Also, their latest match-up in the competition had resulted in a 2-0 win at home, against Everton.
On the other hand, their counterparts are on a four-match winning run, and they were also unbeaten in 20 of their past 21 overall games, and they had scored a total of seven goals from their last two road trips as well – which were against Chelsea, and Arsenal.
They have also lost just once on the road, since July.
And in the previous round, they had defeated Arsenal on the road, with a 1-4 scorecard.
Finally, an overwhelming majority of previous h2h clashes had goals in plenty, and with this being the semi-final of a major competition (that too a single-legged tie) between two arch-rivals, expect a goal-fest.
Both teams are in superb form at the moment, and have been scoring for fun lately. After several years of struggles, the Red Devils are finally at the cusp of topping the charts in the EPL.
They have a game in hand, and are level on points with the first-placed Liverpool, who also happen to be the defending champions.
For the desperate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who need a great season at any cost in 2021, a semi-final appearance in the Carabao Cup is massive – and especially so against their arch-rivals.
For the prestigious club, this is a must-win game. They simply have no other go, and for sure pressure will be at an all-time high at Old Trafford, despite the absence of fans.
Meanwhile, the Citizens too are on a revenge quest. They have two fixtures in hand in the league, and are trailing by just four points behind the toppers.
Moreover, with this upcoming encounter being the penultimate match-up en route to a major trophy, they too will be determined for a win.
In addition, several h2h meetings over the years have also ended up being high-scoring thrillers.
Considering these stats, expect a goal-fest this Wednesday at the Old Trafford, between these two in-form squads.
The EFL Cup usually results in a raft of changes being made by the Premier League’s top teams, but with both of these clubs having FA Cup games at home to Championship opposition next up, there could be two strong sides named on Wednesday.
Man City’s options are severely limited, though, with as many as eight players in danger of missing out, six of whom have fallen foul of the coronavirus outbreak at the club.
Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia and Tommy Doyle were all missing against Chelsea due to COVID-19 and are expected to be absent on Wednesday too.
City’s situation was made even worse on Wednesday, with Scott Carson and Cole Palmer being confirmed as the seventh and eighth players to have tested positive, in addition to a member of staff.
Jesus and Walker would have completed their 10-day isolation period by the time the match is played and so could be available in theory, although they will first have to provide a negative test.
On top of that, Guardiola was also without defensive duo Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake for the trip to Chelsea and, while neither problem is thought to be serious, they could again miss out here due to the quick turnaround.
Series: Carabao Cup (EFL Cup) 2020-21
Match: Manchester United vs Manchester City
Date: Wednesday, 06 January 2020
Venue: Old Trafford
Time: 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET / 00:45 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- The previous eight overall wins were evenly split into four each for either team.
- Five of the past nine clashes had goals from both teams, and had three or more goals as well.
- The visitors had scored two or more goals in three of the preceding five meetings at this venue.
- The hosts have failed to score a goal at this ground just five times in their past 27 appearances.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Manchester United: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford
Manchester City: Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden; Aguero
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