The Mancunian derby is on schedule again, sooner than the Premier League. They both will be squaring off in the Carabao Cup semifinal this Tuesday.
The Citizens are now picking up the positive results after a series of unexpected losses and draws before while The Red Devils’ consistency is being tested. Their mixed results in all competitions show that Solskjaer has something to work on for their target to win a title and secure one spot in the Champions League zone.
Manchester United and Manchester City Previous Matches
Harry Maguire and Co had another unsatisfactory result. They were held in a goalless draw against Wolverhampton in FA Cup last weekend. This means that they have to do a replay match, which certainly drains their focus and energy for the Premier League. It was their two consecutive failures to score a goal after losing two-nil from Arsenal previously.
Meanwhile, Guardiola’s men won again in FA Cup last weekend. They smashed Port Vale 4-1 by goals from Olexandr Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero, Taylor Bellis and Phil Foden. In EPL, they also sealed three points while hosting Ancellotti’s Everton.
Ole Solksjaer often deploys 4-2-3-1 this season relying on Anthony Martial supported by Marcus Rashford and Daniel James. He could opt for Mason Greenwood plus Juan Mata too in this fixture to keep Martial and Rashford fresh for EPL later.
Pep Guardiola’s main formation is nothing but 4-3-3 with flexible transition if necessary. He could opt for Raheem Sterling with a false nine role besides playing Gabriel Jesus as the targetman in order to rest Aguero who has begun to lose his pace due to his age.
Players to Watch
In Manchester United, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been their key figures this season. They both have bagged twenty-two goals and provided seven assists in all competitions.
The current top performers of Manchester City are Kevin De Bruyne with his seven goals and thirteen assists, Bernardo Silva with five goals and five assists and Raheem Sterling who has scored sixteen goals and provided three assists in. Another notable one is the former Leicester winger, Riyad Mahrez.
Man Utd vs Man City Prediction
In spite of playing at Old Trafford, Solskjaer’s men are unlikely to repeat their triumphant victory against Kevin De Bruyne and Co before. The visitor’s side’s form has been improving lately. A narrow win for Guardiola’s men seems more plausible this time.
Carabao Cup Semifinal Betting Odds
This match might potentially be even but Guardiola’s men are still the favorite, according to the punters. They are backed to win at 1.60, whereas The Red Devils are only in the win market at 4.70. The odd for the draw result is at the value of 4.25.
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