Manchester City vs Manchester United: United to Taste Etihad Success Again at 15/2?
A trip to Wembley Stadium is one match away for one of these sides. Two Manchester clubs will battle it out to earn a place in this year’s EFL Cup Final against Midlands-based opposition. Manchester City earned an impressive 3-1 win in the 1st Leg at Old Trafford, whilst United will look to repeat their league success at the Etihad this season.
City have home advantage for this leg and will hope to make it four tournament wins from five seasons. For United, they will look to make their first EFL Cup Final since 2017, when they beat Southampton 3-2. These sides have both been very successful in this tournament, but it is City’s recent success meaning they have six EFL Cup titles to United’s five. Only Liverpool have won it more times (eight).
In terms of the league, City have been solid once again but sit below Liverpool in 2nd. For United, it has been an underwhelming campaign so far, and the Red Devils still sit 5th but only four points ahead of 14th place. A highlight in what has been a poor season so far for United was their shock win at the Etihad earlier this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversaw an efficient and effective counterattacking United punish City on the break, scoring two first half goals. Since they are down 3-1 in this tie, we think United need to come out the block early again and try to do something similar.
Manchester City FC vs Manchester United FC
Where Can I Watch?
Who? Manchester City FC vs Manchester United FC
What? EFL Cup Semi Final Second Leg (1st Leg Result: 3-1)
Where? Etihad Stadium, Manchester
When? 19:45 GMT, Wednesday 29th January 2020
Watch? Sky Sports Main Event/Football
1. First Team to Score – United (5/2)
It has been a toxic time at United with fans still not seeing investment into the team. The board is yet to back Solskjaer in this window, and with United’s injury list, it is hard to understand why he has not got help from above. Their league position of 5th arguably overshadows results and performances on the pitch. Having lost more league games than won as Red Devil boss, Ole is struggling to answer critics.
However, another upset and an EFL Cup Final place could give him more time in the job. His side have nothing to lose with no expectations to turn this tie around. Startling City early on like they did at the start of last month might be the way to go again. At 5/2, with the pace they possess on the counter attack, this selection is worth contemplating.
2. First Half Double Chance – United or Draw (19/20)
A safer selection, in case United struggle to create chances on the break, or they concede after opening the scoring is this double chance selection. Just under even odds, anything but a fast start from City and we can see this landing. After City’s start at the Etihad, and a shock defeat to Burnley, surely Ole cannot afford another slow start from his players.
3. Mason Greenwood First Goalscorer (5/2)
After netting from the spot at the weekend against Tranmere Rovers, the youngster has now scored in every competition he has played in this season. This incredible feat, along with his inexperience and lack of first team football until now, is impressive. Greenwood looks very composed in front of the goal, a trait that few youngsters possess. He now has 10 goals in all competitions this season. The 18-year-old set up Rashford to score a goal in the reverse fixture and has scored six goals in his last 13 games for United.
4. HT/FT – United/City (16/1)
Similar to the first two selections, if United can get another quick start in this game, this selection looks fantastic at 16/1. United know they need to score some goals if they want to progress, and City have scored more of their home goals in the second half of games recently. Pep knows how to get into his players at the break, and if behind at halftime, are likely to turn the game around regardless of the aggregate score line. Despite the opposition being in League One, United took advantage of Tranmere Rovers for sitting back and letting United break them down. They killed the game off early and if they can get a similar start here, this could be a very auspicious selection.
Stats source – FlashScore
*Odds as of January 28th at 15:30 GMT and subject to change
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