BRISTOL CITY v MANCHESTER UTD BETTING PREVIEW
Bristol City are flying high in the second tier of English football and are third as they chase promotion despite narrowly avoiding relegation last term. Lee Johnson's side overcame Nottingham Forest at the weekend to make it four wins on the spin. They enter this match on the back of 8 victories of their last 10 matches in all competitions and have already knocked three Premier League teams out of the EFL Cup – Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace - all in 90 minutes and netting nine goals in the process.
Manager Lee Johnson has to decide between going for a huge cup upset of rotating his squad. Matt Taylor could start for the hosts after coming off the bench on Saturday as he is expected to replace Jamie Paterson. Upfront, Cauley Woodrow is likely to partner Bobby Reid in a 4-4-2 starting system, with Marlon Pack, Korey Smith and Josh Brownhill all retaining their starting berth in midfield. The likes of Gary O'Neil, Jens Hegeler, Famara Diedhiou and Eros Pisano are out through injury while Callum O'Dowda is a majord doubt. Milan Djuric, who is coming back from a groin injury, is looking for game time after being an unused substitute on Saturday.
Manchester UTD have responded to their derby defeat ath the hands of Man City with back-to-back wins against Bournemouth and West Brom. The Red Devils go into this clash in almost identical form to their hosts having won 7 times in the last 9 games in all competitions. Josè Mourinho's men remain second in the Premier League standings, 11 point shy of their city rivals. They have put together a good run of results on the road, netting nine times in three straight Premier League away wins at Watford, Arsenal and the Hawthorns. The current EFL Cup holders have had a smooth passage into the last eight, beating Burton 4-1 and Swansea 2-0.
Jose Mourinho has players who are fresh and eager for some game time such as all the expected startes in defense - Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Viktor Lindelof and Matteo Darmian. Plus, Paul Pogba is due to return from suspension and is likely to start in midfield alongside the youngster Scott McTominay. In attack, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will push for his first start since April while Henrikh Mhkitaryan could make his return to the squad after being axed for Man UTD's last 9 matchday squads. Antonio Valencia suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend and has joined Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly on the sidelines.
BRISTOL CITY v MANCHESTER UTD PROBABLE LINEUPS
Manchester UTD (4-2-3-1): Romero; Shaw, Rojo, Lindelof, Darmian; McTominay, Pogba; Martial, Mhkitaryan, Rashford; Ibrahimovic
BRISTOL CITY v MANCHESTER UTD ODDS
|BRISTOL CITY||7.50||Bet £10, win £75.00|
|THE DRAW||5.00 with||Bet £10, win £50.00|
|MANCHESTER UTD||1.46 with||Bet £10, win £14.60|
BRISTOL CITY v MANCHESTER UTD PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Bristol City +2 Handicap||1.67|
|1-1 Correct Score||9.50|
|Bristol City/Draw HT/FT||20.00|
|Bristol City to score||1.67|
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