Manchester United vs Manchester City betting tips: Carabao Cup semi-final first leg match preview & predictions

Manchester United vs Manchester City prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City

A massive Manchester derby in the Carabao Cup.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is desperate to lift some silverware as Manchester United manager which would help silence some of his critics.

Manchester City meanwhile are unbeaten in their last 15 League Cup matches, winning the trophy in 2018 and then again in 2019.

However, their last defeat in this competition came on 26 October 2016 when a Juan Mata goal saw Man United to a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

Could history repeat itself?

Who will have the advantage going into the second leg at the Etihad in 22 days time?


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Manchester United vs Manchester City: Who will win?

Despite being the hosts, Manchester United are big underdogs at 18/5 to win tis first leg.

Manchester City are 4/6 to return 4.4 miles west with a first leg win.

A draw, which keeps the tie nicely in the balance, is 14/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Both teams to score is 4/6.

Manchester United to win and both teams to score is 15/2.

Manchester City to win and both teams to score is 21/10.

The Red Devils are 4/1 to qualify; the Citizens are 1/7 to make a third consecutive final.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford scores his side’s second goal of the game with a free kick during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at Stamford Bridge, London. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Marcus Rashford is Manchester United’s top scorer this season including three in the League Cup. Martial is 9/2 to open the scoring and 7/4 to add to his tally.

Anthony Martial will also be a threat. The Frenchman is 11/2 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime.

Sergio Agüero has ten career League Cup goals. Agüero is 16/5 to break the deadlock and 21/20 to add to score once again.

Raheem Sterling will also be a threat. He is 4/1 to score first and 6/4 to score anytime.

Both Martial and Rashford to score is 15/2.

Both Dan James and Rashford to score is 20/1.

Both Andreas Pereira and Dan James to score is 125/1.

Both Sterling and Sergio Agüero to score is 9/2.

Both Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to score is 12/1.

Both Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne to score is also 12/1.


Manchester United vs Manchester City: Match preview

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Victor Lindelöf of Manchester United reacts with teammate David De Gea after scoring an own goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton FC at Old Trafford on December 15, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Can Manchester United keep their hopes alive of lifting silverware?

As recently as 2016/17 they won the Community Shield, the League Cup and the Europa League under José Mourinho.

Nevertheless, Manchester United should be consistently winning silverware and this competition presents them with a realistic chance of doing that.

So far in this competition, they’ve edged past Rochdale on penalties, powered past Chelsea at the Bridge and easily beaten Colchester.

However, their form in recent matches has been wildly inconsistent.

Six days ago, they were woefully bad in a 2-0 defeat at struggling Arsenal.

They have won four of their eight league matches since the start of December but never more then two in a row so sit fifth, five points outside the Champions League places.

Although, on the whole, this team have been much better against better opposition.

In the Premier League, they’ve beaten Chelsea, Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester City and are the only side to take anything off league leaders Liverpool.

On Saturday though, their weaknesses and deficiencies were on show for all to see.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side drew 0-0 at Molineux with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round.

That means they must face a replay in, what was supposed to be, their only free mid-week of the month.

However, they are still in the FA Cup and that, like the Europa League, are trophies they could win.

As is this and now they are at the semi-final stage the Red Devils will be desperate to get to Wembley.

It certainly won’t be easy so can they overcome their now, not just noisy, but dominant neighbours?


Revenge for Manchester City?

KHARKOV, UKRAINE – SEPTEMBER 18: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City at Metalist Stadium on September 18, 2019 in Kharkov, Ukraine. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

As for Manchester City, they are now looking at cup competitions to save their season.

Last year, they retained their Premier League title as well as scooping up all the other domestic honours; the Community Shield, League Cup and FA Cup.

However, a third consecutive league title looks very unlikely now.

On 27 December, Pep Guardiola’s men were beaten 3-2 at Wolves despite being 2-0 up in that one.

That was their fifth league defeat of the season already and it leaves them 14 points behind Liverpool who also have a winnable game in hand.

That looks gone so now, ominously for everybody else, their focus will surely be on other competitions.

Their route to the semi-finals of this competition has been straight forward to say the least.

Man City have scored three in each round to overcome Preston North End, Southampton and Oxford United.

On Saturday evening, they also safely got through in the FA Cup.

Goals from Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Agüero, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden saw them past League Two Port Vale 4-1 at home.

The one they want more than any other is, of course, the Champions League.

The Citizens will meet Real Madrid in a very even looking Round of 16 tie commencing next month.

But first, Guardiola has shown a real affinity towards this cup since taking over in the North West.

Will he lead his side to a third consecutive Carabao Cup Final?


Manchester United team news vs Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Mason Greenwood of Man Utd celebrates after scoring their 4th goal during the UEFA Europa League group L match between Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford on December 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

As this is their 12th match in just 38 days, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side is stretched to the limit and he’s without some key players.

That means he’s had to play the same players constantly through the festive period and fatigue could certainly take it’s tole.

He has a big decision to make in goal.

Sergio Romero is the designated cup keeper having played four Europa League group games, all three matches in this competition and Saturday’s FA Cup tie.

However, due to the calibre of the opponents, David de Gea is expected to return.

In defence, Harry Maguire hobbled around Molineux on Saturday but should be fit for this one.

Victor Lindelöf will continue alongside him with Aaron Wan-Bissaka coming in for Ashley Young at right-back.

They have a decision to make on the other side though.

Luke Shaw’s form has been underwhelming to say the least so youngster Brandon Williams could keep his place.

In midfield, Paul Pogba is still out; has he played his last game for the club?

So, without him, Fred will partner Andreas Pereira with Nemanja Matić dropping to the bench.

Further forward, Solskjær is likely to favour pace.

Tahith Chong and Juan Mata are expected to drop out from the weekend with Dan James and Mason Greenwood keeping their places.

So, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will return; they’ve scored 26 goals between them this season.

Martial missed the Wolves game through illness, but is expected to be available.

Can this Manchester United side claim the advantage ahead of a tough second leg across the city?


Manchester City team news vs Manchester United

Manchester City’s Eric García Manchester City v Sheffield United – Premier League – Etihad Stadium 29-12-2019 . (Photo by Anthony Devlin/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

As for Manchester City, they too will name a very strong line-up as they do all throughout the competition.

Like his opposite number, Guardiola has a decision to make in goal.

Ederson is available again following a three-match suspension; Claudio Bravo has been deputising in that time.

However, the regular number one is likely to be tasked with keeping goal for this one.

In defence, Manchester City have been lining up with a back three in recent games and are likely to continue with that here.

The back line will feature midfielders Fernandinho and Rodri as well as Eric García who started their previous two matches before the weekend.

John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi have fallen out of favour.

At wing-back, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker are both likely to get the nod over Angeliño and João Cancelo respectively.

In the centre, İlkay Gündoğan will sit alongside Kevin De Bruyne.

In the two inside-forward roles, they have numerous options to say the least.

Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez are expected to get the nod with Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and David Silva therefore all left out.

They will be supporting Sergio Agüero who’ll keep his place at centre-forward over Gabriel Jesus.

Will this side leave Old Trafford with a lead?

Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Manchester City.

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Manchester United

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Manchester United

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Manchester United.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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