Fire derby at Old Trafford.
Manchester United and Manchester City will face Tuesday in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals.
Guardiola will be looking for a reimbursement of the previous direct confrontation execution, but he may have a rather difficult mission, as Man United has had a pretty good performance on the field this season.
▪️In previous EFL Cup rounds he passed Rochdale (1-1 and 5-3 after the break), Chelsea (1-2) and Colchester (3-0).
▪️Marcus Rashford is the best scorer in the EFL Cup with 3 goals.
▪️On his own field he plays very well, being unbeaten in the last 13 matches in all competitions (8 wins and 5 draws).
▪️He has scored at least 1 goal in each of the last 15 games played at Old Trafford.
▪️In 16th I passed Preston (0-3), 8th in Southampton (3-1) and in the quarterfinals of Oxford United (1-3).
▪️Sterling is the main scorer in this EFL Cup season with 3 successes.
▪️It is a team that plays a very offensive game, managing to score 86 goals in all competitions this season.
▪️But, the adoption of this style of play left a lot of free space on the defensive, which made in 15 of the last 17 matches in all competitions to receive at least 1 goal.
◽️In 4 of the last 5 direct meetings it was marked from both camps.
◽️In the previous direct confrontation, Manchester United won by 1-2.
⚽Manchester United – Manchester City probable teams:
◽️Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Romero – Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams – Pereira, Matic – Greenwood, Mata, James – Rashford.
◽️Manchester City (4-3-3): Bravo – Joao Cancelo, Stones, Garcia, Angelino – David Silva, Gundogan, Zinchenko – Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.
⚽What is the form of the teams in the last 5 matches?
▫️Manchester United meet local rival in the EFL Cup semi-finals on Tuesday evening, starting at 22:00.
▫️The hosts did not start the new year very well and lost to Arsenal, 0-2.
▫️The ordeal continued three days later when the “Red Devils” drew, 0-0, with Wolves in the FA Cup, so they will have to play match two.
▫️United are fifth in the Premier League, 13 points ahead of Wednesday night’s opponent.
▫️At the weekend, United will play Old Trafford against Norwich.
▫️After the fifth defeat in the Premier League, suffered at the end of last year, against Wolves, City recovered and won on the line.
▫️As all the matches were played at home, in turn, Sheffield, Everton and Port Vale lost to Etihad.
▫️The last one suffered the most drastic defeat, 1-4, in the FA Cup.
▫️In the championship, Manchester City will play Aston Villa on the weekend.
▫️The “citizens” are fighting with Leicester for second place.
▫️The team managed by Pep Guardiola has one point less than the second place occupant.
⚽News, analysis, statistics and progress on the 2 teams.
◾️Over 2.5 goals have been scored in four of the last five home games.
◾️He has not lost 14 matches at Old Trafford.
◾️10 victories in the last 15 matches played in front of their supporters.
◾️In the last 20 live derby games played at home he has won 10 of them.
◾️The last home draw took place in October 2015.
◾️He has won the last two derbies on his opponent’s field.
◾️NGG in just seven of the last 20 straight duels at Old Trafford.
◾️Under 2.5 goals have been scored in just seven of the last 20 derby matches played at United at home.
◾️Over 2.5 goals were scored in the last seven trips made by City.
◾️He has scored at least twice in the last six trips.
⚽Who are the probable teams in this match?
⚽Are there unavailable players or important absentees in this match?
🔳Manchester Utd absent
◽️Mensah, Red, McTominay
🔳Manchester City absent
Football Prediction of the Day Manchester United vs Manchester City
As it has happened in 4 of the last 5 straight matches, I think that the derby of Manchester City in the first half of the EFL Cup semi-finals will bring at least 1 goal scored from both sides.
Manchester City is a goalscoring machine under Guardiola’s command and has very high chances to score at least once in this match, especially since the Spanish coach has the majority of the basic players in the offensive compartment.
On the other side, United have scored in each of the previous 15 home games in all competitions. The team coached by Solskjaer will try to take advantage of Guardiola’s defensive uncertainty to score in this match.
Bet Tips: Both teams sign up
I believe in the victory of the citizens in this game, a band that has to avenge the defeat in this championship tour, when they lost to Etihad in front of the great rival, score 2: 1.
Thus, I expect Manchester City to prevail in this game, in a match in which they score at least 2 goals, meeting a team that faces many injuries and has no victory this year.
On the other hand, Manchester City has 2 wins at the beginning of the year, coming after 3 successes in a row, both with at least two goals scored, with Sheffield United, Everton and Port Vale.
Prediction Today: 2 and over 1.5 goals