Manchester City vs Burton Albion predictions and betting tips for the second Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Wesnesday 9th January. Do the League One side have any hope at the Etihad Stadium? Read our predictions and betting tips below to find out.
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Burton need a miracle if they are to book their place at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final next month, but they’ll be hoping to at least keep the score respectable in this first leg and then who knows what could happen back at their home ground in two weeks time. See our predictions and betting tips for the match below.
In matches like this, where the home team are overwhelming favourites, it is always difficult to find a good valued betting tip for our match prediction. City warmed up for this clash with a 7-0 thrashing of Rotherham in the FA Cup last weekend, and Burton will be looking at that match with fear. They are one of the smallest clubs in League One but did warm up for this with a convincing 4-0 win away to Rochdale at the weekend. It is hard to see anything but an easy Manchester City victory here, even if Pep Guardiola does make more expected changes to his starting line-up. Instead of betting on the handicaps we are simply going for Man City to beat Burton by exactly three goals for the first of the betting predictions on this League Cup semi-final.
It is rare that Manchester City hammer teams in this competition and looking back at the last few seasons, they have played the likes of Bristol City (won 3-1 and 3-2), Oxford United (won 3-0) and drawn with Wolves and Leicester (twice). Those matches against Bristol City were at the same semi-final stage 12 months ago and with the Premier League title race and upcoming Champions League last 16, as well as the FA Cup, Guardiola will be forced to make changes, giving Burton the chance to keep the score respectable.
Both teams warmed up with big wins over the weekend – City won 7-0 and Burton 4-0.
This will be the first time the two teams have ever met.
City’s top scorer in the competition is the now departed Brahim Díaz.
As always with Manchester City matches, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to our goalscorer bets. Sergio Aguero was rested for the 7-0 win in the FA Cup at the weekend and may be kept on the bench again here, and following starts against Rotherham, Raheem Sterling and/or Riyad Mahrez could be rested. Bernardo Silva was tremendous against Liverpool in their recent Premier League win against their title rivals and the Portuguese star didn’t feature at the weekend, so he’s likely to get his starting place back as Man City go in search of yet another League Cup crown. He has already chipped in with a few goals this season and he’s the selection for our anytime goalscorer tips on this Man City vs Burton match. The best odds for Bernardo Silva to score are 7/4 at Betfred. He’s as short as Evens elsewhere so make sure you place your bets in the correct place!
Given that we are already predicting a Manchester City win by three goals in this match, the two correct score predictions we could go for realistically are a 3-0 or 4/1 victory for the hosts. Man City’s form has been strange in the League Cup, despite winning the competition three times in the last five seasons, they do sometimes have the odd poor result such as draws against Leicester and Wolves in the last two seasons, they got out of jail on penalties on all three occasions! They also conceded in both legs of last season’s semi-final against Championship side Bristol City and Burton might get on the scoresheet at the Etihad Stadium this week, that’s why we’re going for a 4-1 Man City win to complete of Manchester City vs Burton Albion predictions in this EFL Cup semi-final first leg.
Man City to win – 1/20
Draw – 16/1
Burton to win – 66/1
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