Prediction: Manchester City vs Manchester United – Carabao Cup

Semifinal 2nd Leg – Carabao Cup England
Time: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Kick-off: 02:45 UTC +7
Stadium: Etihad

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic / Getty Images)

Head to Head

  • Five of the last six matches have more than two goals.
  • The last three matches were won by Manchester United.
  • Seven of the eleven previous matches in this stadium both teams have scored.
  • Since 2010, only twice Pep Guardiola’s men have failed to score in this stadium.

Team Analysis and Match Predictions

Manchester City already have a 3-1 aggregate advantage in this 2nd leg match and if they advance to the final, one of the Leicester or Aston Villa teams will wait. City are believed to be able to ensure a trophy this season, if they make it to the final, because there is no strong team like Liverpool.

The first leg almost completely ended up belonging to the Citizens forces, even though the match was played at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola’s men could lead 0-3 before the 40th minute and in the 70th minute Marcus Rashford reduced the red devil to miss. In essence, City managed to record a 1-3 victory away.

Manchester City players after the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United vs Manchester City at Old Trafford, January 7, 2020. (Photo by Michael Steele / Getty Images)

This aggregate advantage will play a big role in determining the outcome of this match. As per Carabao’s rules, away goals rules are not applied and in the case of the scoreline at the end of regular time in the second leg, there will be no extra time.

This means, Manchester United must score three goals without conceding, if they want to reach the final. Thus, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will have no choice but to attack from the start and they must defeat the best offensive team in the Premier League, recording three goals in forty minutes.

Considering the difficulty of the Red Devils team, they have no choice but to abandon a defensive strategy and continue to pursue goals. This pressure will definitely bring irregularities in MU’s defense and it is known, Pep is an expert at taking advantage of this type of scenario.

Marcus Rashford in the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United vs. Manchester City at Old Trafford, January 7, 2020. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole / Offside / Offside via Getty Images)

On top of that, City have an advantage at home and it is known that, once they reach the final, it’s easier for opponents to wait for them. Besides that, because Liverpool might not be overtaken in the Premier League, City might concentrate hard to get this championship cup.

Pep’s men, who have scored more goals than any team in the league, will easily take advantage of United’s desperation and nervousness and they will try to embarrass them.

Predicted, City will play this match by playing it safe, because it has superior aggregate and also plays at home. While United will go all out to attack City in any way so they can turn things around and go to the final stage.


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