Old Trafford hosts another Manchester derby as fierce rivals Manchester United welcome Manchester City to the Theatre of Dreams in the last-16 of the EFL Cup, in a game that could be decided by which manager makes the most changes to their starting eleven.
Manchester United v Manchester City
October 26th 2016
Live on Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has the bragging rights over his old adversary Jose Mourinho after winning at Old Trafford in the Premier League back in September, but revenge could be on the cards. Both managers are feeling the pressure after seeing their bright starts to the season soured by a run of disappointing results so Wednesday’s clash is a game neither wants to be on the losing end of.
Mourinho has more of a point to prove, however, given Manchester United’s recent thumping against Chelsea, losing the first Manchester derby and winning just once in their last six Premier League outings. The Red Devils are being backed to respond this time round as Mourinho has kept his side strong to ensure of their progression this far. The United manager takes the EFL Cup seriously and won’t want a second defeat to their biggest rivals in the space of a month.
As a result, Manchester United are 8/5 with Sportingbet to win in 90 minutes against Manchester City on Wednesday. Manchester City have gone five games without a win in all competitions, suffering defeat in their last two away outings, while conceding 11 goals for their troubles. The Sky Blues have been short of goals at the other end, scoring just twice in their previous four, and may not risk the fitness of key players given they have a tough trip to West Brom on the weekend.
Manchester United have still won three and drawn one of their last four in all competitions at Old Trafford so they remain a formidable outfit in their own backyard.
Manchester United will be ruthlessly drilled ahead of Wednesday’s game to counteract City’s philosophy, and with Guardiola expected to ring the changes from their typical Premier League starting eleven, they could suffer from a disconnect as a result. United will be getting the ball into the area as much as possible to keep City penned in their own half, while giving the porous defence as many problems as possible. Home advantage could be telling this time as City have failed to win their last three on the road, meaning a United win is on the cards by any means. Manchester United are 4/5 with Betfair to qualify for the quarter-finals.