Match: Manchester United vs Manchester City
League: English Carabao Cup
Date: Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Manchester United vs Manchester City: Manc City has no choice but to go full speed here, since the EPL title is almost out of their hands.
Pep Guardiola needs something to save fans’ faces at the end of the season, and the Carabao Cup seems a respectable alternative. However, Manchester United’s main rivals may have something to say about it.
Unfortunately for fans of the City, the days under Pep Guardiola’s sun seem to be over. The arrival of Jurgen Klopp and his boys has stolen the spotlight, and the Spanish’s dream of delivering his third hattrick crown seems almost over.
At this time, it is time to save as much as possible for the Manchester Blues. His trip in the Champions League has seemed fragile so far, and along with the meeting of the qualifying stages against Real Madrid in form, two important titles seem to be out of reach.
As such, the team that made history by offering the first national hat-trick in the history of England must at least defend the Carabao Cup.
United was home to the rooms and then beat Colchester 3-0. The three goals came in the second period, in just nine minutes.
Meanwhile, City was on the road against Oxford. Driven by a Raheem-Sterling splint, the Citizens won a 1 to 3 victory on the road to take the place in the semifinals.
This Tuesday, City seems to have the advantage. He ignores his problems with Liverpool for a moment, and they remain one of the best teams in England and in the world. If it wasn’t for Jurgen Klopp that overshadowed them, the team has always shown an incredible form and dominance over the other teams.
In fact, they have won eight of their last ten games and four of their first five on the road.
In addition, since the Reds began to show their true colors, the City Boys have made additional efforts in the field and will be determined to advance to the final, eliminating Manchester United.
Continuing, United have not won in four of their last seven games and have failed to score in their last two games.
On top of that, four of the last five h2h clashes had ended with the victory of the teams on the road, and in Old Trafford, United have only two wins to prove since 2011.
Above all, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not yet found a rhythm with his boys and is still very inconsistent. On the other hand, Pep has been at the top of his game for the last consecutive years, and despite some minor problems this season, they are still a team to fear.
Given these observations, Manchester City seems the practical option to give our support to the victory.
However, consider it a confrontation between archrivals. United will desperately want to accumulate City’s problems, and they will see this match as a great trophy final.
Also, if Solskjaer’s men can eliminate the Citizens, only Leicester or Aston Villa will remain on the road to the glory of the EFL Cup. Desperate United players need cutlery at the end of the season, and they will surely make Carabao their top priority now.
In addition, the Red Devils have the home advantage, and will want to make the most of it before going to Etihad for the second leg.
Continuing, City showed undeniable problems with its defense since the loss of Aymeric Laporte, and the lack of availability of a quality support seriously injured.
Also, at home, United has been on a roll for some time. In fact, throughout the season, the Devils have lost only once to the public, and by combining all the above factors, it is estimated that at least once, Manchester United will find the bottom of the net on Tuesday.
Therefore, the BTTS bet seems very attractive.