From the FA Cup to the Carabao Cup. It's destiny that binds Manchester City and Bristol City, teams that at Ethiad Stadium will face off in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final after playing the FA Cup third round last Saturday. The Citizens of Pep Guardiola, absolute rulers of the Premier League, are nominees for the national treble. Last saturday, they won 4-1 in against Burnley The situation of Lee Johnson's team is fourth in the Championship and back from 3 ko in a row, the last one against Watford for 3-0 in the FA Cup.
Match Preview & Team News
Benjamin Mendy, Vincent Kompany, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden will miss out for the home side. They are all injuried. Sergio Aguero appeared to pick up a knee problem in last Saturday's FA Cup game but is expected to recover in time to feature here. About goalkeeper, it remains to be seen whether Pep Guardiola will allow Claudio Bravo to continue in goal now City are in the semi finals. This game could be an opportunity to see David Silva again: midfielder flew back to Spain on Saturday evening for family reasons and it's possible he will return to play in Tuesday's League Cup semi final. Lee Johnson is expected to name the same XI that beat Manchester United in the last round of the League Cup. In Robins there will be six absentees: Gary O 'Neil, Jens Hegeler, Famara Diedhiou, Eros Pisano, Callum O'Dowda and Ivan Lucic. Korey Smith came off at half-time against Watford on Saturday and is an early doubt for Carabao Cup's match against Citizens.
Manchester City vs Bristol City betting predictions:
Citizens are strongly favored for this game, even if the cup challenges in England are never trivial. Remeber that in the last round of the Carabao Cup, the Bristol City beated Manchester United. Then, Manchester City have scored four or more goals in 38% of their home matches this season, which does not bode well for Bristol City.
Half time/Full Time Manchester City/Manchester City - 1.44
Combo "Manchester to win + Both teams to score" - 2.62
Exact score 3-1 - 11.00
*odds accurate as of 15.06 (8 jannuary) from bet365