Manchester City and Manchester United will battle on Wednesday, at 9:45 pm, for second place in the final of the English League Cup.
The return leg resumes from the score of 3-1 for Pep Guardiola’s lineup.
Goals scored away do not matter, so the “red devils” need a 2-0 to send the game to the shots from 11 meters.
Manchester City: Team shape, news and statistics
◾️Manchester City are trying to get their third consecutive qualification in the League Cup final and fifth in the last six years.
◾️The England title-holder holds the last two trophies, after the finals won by Arsenal (3-0) and Chelsea (4-3 after 11-meter shots).
◾️Pep Guardiola’s lineup has a very good qualification score, but the Catalan manager announced that his team will not try to defend the result of the tour.
◾️The coach maintained that his team had to pay attention to the opponent’s abilities, the counter-attacking game.
◾️Guardiola still expects Manchester United to attack, but for him things are clear: “We know the best result is not to defend ourselves, we have to score goals”.
◾️The “citizens” coach also received great news ahead of the game with Manchester United. Leroy Sane, injured from the beginning of the season, resumed his workouts one hundred percent with colleagues.
◾️Hard to believe, though, that he will enter this match, but Manchester City now have the entire team at their disposal, which has not happened this season.
◾️The hosts are expecting rivals with a full team, but also after seven official matches in 2020 in which they have not lost.
◾️The only “syncope” was in the Premier League, in the match with Crystal Palace (2-2).
◾️Manchester City has scored 22 goals in seven games, which means an average of over 3 goals.
◾️3 days ago, the team qualified in the final of the FA Cup, after a 4-0 with Fulham.
◾️A number of important players, led by Aguero, De Bruyne and Ederson, have been housed, so they are likely to be titled on this occasion.
Manchester United: Team shape, news and statistics
◾️Manchester United won the League Cup for the last time in 2017, between two editions awarded by the city rival.
◾️Despite the fact that he has a major handicap after the tour leg, but also notable absences in the “first 11”, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still believes in miracles.
◾️First, the “red devils” have felt great at Etihad Stadium in recent years, where they have lost only one game out of five.
◾️Three games have won them, including this season, score 2-1 at the beginning of December, after a story match by Rashford and Martial.
◾️The former does not play, being absent at least until March, but Martial will be on the field and will probably pair with the young Greenwood, who has already scored 10 goals this season in all competitions.
◾️Then, in order to mobilize his team, Solskjaer spoke before the return of that match with PSG in the Champions League finals, about a year ago, when the “red devils” lost the tourney 2-0 “Old” Trafford ”, but they managed to return the qualifying fate in France, with an unexpected victory, 3-1.
◾️The Norwegian manager also said that it would not be easy for his team to score two goals, but this is possible if his team makes a perfect game.
◾️How plausible this scenario is, however, remains to be seen.
◾️It is certain that Manchester United have already lost four matches in 2020.
◾️In addition to Rashford, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are two other major absences for Manchester United.
⚽️Direct match statistics Manchester City v Manchester United
▫️In the tour match, Manchester City led 3-0 still after the first 45 minutes.
▫️They scored Bernardo Silva and Mahrez, and the third success of the “citizens” was actually a goal of Pereira.
▫️Manchester United reduced the gap in the 70th minute through Rashford.
▫️The two teams are face to face for the 181st time. The hosts won 54 times and the guests 74 times.
⚽️What is the form of the teams in the last 5 matches?
◽️Manchester City are about to qualify, for the third year in a row, in the final of the England Cup.
◽️In the tour sleeve of the penultimate act, the citizens categorically defeated their great rival.
◽️They led 3-0 at halftime and, even though United scored in the end, achieved a success that took them one step ahead of Wembley.
◽️Only once in the history of the competition did it happen that the team that won the tourney match did not reach the difference of at least two goals.
◽️The owner of the last two editions has an incredible series: 16 wins in a row in the League Cup.
◽️In this edition, City has scored exactly 3 goals in each match.
◽️They beat Preston North End (3-0), Southampton (3-1) and Oxford United (3-1).
◽️Pep Guardiola does not have to consider a surprise.
◽️In 23 of the previous 24 eliminatory phases in which he sat on the bench he qualified after winning the tour sleeve.
◽️Manchester United will not give up the fight, but will have a hard life in front of City.
◽️The three goals scored at home force her to go on the attack.
◽️At the same time it must defend itself perfectly, because any blemish on the defensive takes it out of the cards.
◽️The Devils are trying to get their second straight win on City’s ground, for the first time in the last two decades.
◽️And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be in a similar situation – he may become the third coach to defeat Guardiola in two consecutive trips (after Mourinho and Klopp).
◽️United has also done the impossible in the past.
◽️He obtained the qualification in 2 of the last 3 eliminatory phases in which he had to recover a deficit of two goals registered in the tour sleeve.
◽️He managed to eliminate them in the Champions League, Olympiacos and PSG.
⚽️News, analysis, statistics and progress on the 2 teams.
▪️Manchester City is the champion of the last two editions.
▪️Only Liverpool (8) have won the League Cup more times than Manchester City (6).
▪️The Citizens have only one win in the last five home games, with United.
▪️City may be the third team to play three finals in the League Cup.
▪️He has scored three goals in the last four League Cup matches.
▪️Manchester United has won the trophy five times, the last time in 2017.
▪️He lost 4 of the 9 finals so far in the League Cup.
▪️GG & 3 + came out in United’s previous three visits to Etihad.
▪️Has lost 3 of the last 4 matches in the championship.
▪️The GG didn’t come out in the previous five Premier League disputes of the Devils.
⚽️Who are the probable teams in this match?
Football Prediction of the Day Manchester City vs Manchester United
Manchester United are ready to make the match of the season, but they still can. The team played without Pogba and McTominay for a rather significant period, but without Rashford in the attack it will be much harder.
The striker has scored 19 goals for Solskjaer’s team this season, including both games with Manchester City, being a true leader.
On the other hand, Pep Guardiola has not forgotten the December game, and one of his goals will be to get a rematch in front of the fans.
The hosts show more freshness in this period, have made an excellent rotation of the players, and have a less contested match in 2020.
The motivation, but also the superior resources of the Manchester City team make me believe in a success with at least two goals the difference.
Bet Tips: Victory Manchester City with Handicap 0-1
This secondary tip is offered for the project.
Manchester City, although it has a serious advantage after the tour match, when they won 3-1, will not let their guard down and ambition will push Guardiola’s boys to the Devils’ gate.
And the chances of seeing a new success for the citizens are quite high for several reasons.
The first would be the major absences of the guest formation, especially of the golfer Rashford, secondly the difference in value between the 2 teams and, last but not least, the desire of the hosts to avenge the December failure of the championship when United defeated here with 2-1 and beat the last nail in the hope of citizens for the title.
It is hard to believe that United, without Pogba and Rashford, can make claims at Etihad Stadium especially since in the first half the goal scored by the devils was scored by Rashford, absent today, so starting from the main tip proposed by Marius Huțu, I will lower my risk and bet on a simple victory for Manchester City.
Prediction Today: Manchester City win