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Man City vs Man Utd EFL Cup preview: predictions, team news, live stream info & possible XIs

By Oliver Young-Myles

Published: 10:20, 29 January 2020

Manchester City will be looking to book their place in the Carabao Cup final for a third successive season when they host Manchester United at the Etihad in the semi-final second leg.

Pep Guardiola’s side are in a commanding position after winning the first leg 3-1 at Old Trafford with goals from Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an Andreas Pereira own goal cancelling out a Marcus Rashford strike.

Both teams head into the fixture following commanding FA Cup displays at the weekend with City thrashing Fulham 4-0 at the Etihad and Manchester United enjoying a dominant 6-0 victory at Tranmere. The winner will go on to face Aston Villa in the final after they saw off Leicester City 3-2 on aggregate.

Read on for our Man City vs Man Utd preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Man City vs Man Utd and where can I watch live?

Competition: Carabao Cup

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football

Live stream options: Australian-based readers can start a 14-day trial with Kayo. Click here to find out how, along with terms and conditions. The Sky Go App is hosting the match for Sky Sports customers.

Last five meetings: Man City vs Man Utd

07 January 2020: Man Utd 1-3 Man City (Carabao Cup)

07 December 2019: Man City 1-2 Man Utd (Premier League)

24 April 2019: Man Utd 0-2 Man City (Premier League

11 November 2018: Man City 3-1 Man Utd (Premier League)

07 April 2018: Man City 2-3 Man Utd (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Man City (WLWWL) 11-7 Man Utd (LWLLW)

Ones to watch

Man City: Kevin De Bruyne

Guardiola opted to rotate his side for the visit of Fulham with Sergio Agüero and Kevin De Bruyne unused substitutes and fit-again Aymeric Laporte left out of the squad altogether.

Considering De Bruyne’s form this season, it is no wonder that Guardiola is keen to wrap him up in cotton wool at any reasonable opportunity. Following an injury-hit 2018/19 campaign, the Belgian has been back to his very best this season.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only player in the Premier League keeping pace with De Bruyne in the assists charts and even then he lags five behind with ten to the City playmaker’s 15.

De Bruyne was also exceptional in the first leg at Old Trafford, memorably twisting Phil Jones inside and out again before lashing a shot onto the post with Pereira unwittingly putting in the rebound.

Given how brilliant De Bruyne has been this campaign, it is no surprise that he is the fifth most valuable Premier League player on Football Index at £5.16, only behind Harry Kane, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and the aforementioned Alexander-Arnold.

Key stat: Kevin De Bruyne is yet to record an assist against Manchester United in eight games against them.

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Man Utd: Anthony Martial

United will be without Marcus Rashford for the considerable future after he suffered a double stress fracture in his lower back during an FA Cup replay against Wolves.

The Red Devils struggled badly without their attacking talisman against Burnley in midweek, losing 2-0 at Old Trafford, but they bounced back against admittedly weak opponents in the FA Cup on Sunday.

It took him a while but Martial eventually got himself on the scoresheet during the 6-0 rout against Tranmere as his curled effort was deflected into the top corner for United’s fifth.

There is an assumption that Martial struggles for top form when Rashford is unavailable and vice versa, but with the England international out of action, it is the Frenchman’s time to shine.

Doing so in a Manchester derby and cup semi-final represents the perfect stage for him to showcase his talents.

Key stat: Anthony Martial has scored five goals in 12 Carabao Cup appearances.

Team news

Man City

Guardiola has virtually a full-strength squad to select from with only long-term absentee Leroy Sane unavailable. Riyad Mahrez appeared to pick up a knock against Fulham and was substituted as a precaution.

On Laporte’s absence against Fulham, Guardiola said: “He had some fatigue, which is normal after four or five months. We are not going to take risks. Until we feel he is ready, he won’t play. If he can play against United, he can play.”

Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gündoğan; B Silva, Sterling, Agüero.

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Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has considerably more injuries to contend with than Guardiola with six first-teamers currently sidelined.

Pogba, McTominay and Rashford are all long-term absentees, while Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe are also unavailable. Nemanja Matic is also a doubt after picking up a knock in Sunday’s meeting with Tranmere.

Predicted XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Williams; Pereira, Fred; Greenwood, Lingard, James; Martial.

Squawka prediction

United stunned City at the Etihad on the previous meeting between the sides less than two months ago but fundamental to that 2-1 victory was the counter-attacking threat posed by Marcus Rashford.

Although United still possesses pace in abundance in the form of Martial, James and if selected, Mason Greenwood, City will surely have learnt how to cope better with that threat after being run ragged last time out.

Guardiola was also able to rest his big-hitters against Fulham and a near full-strength City should have too much against a weakened United team.

Scoreline prediction: Man City 2-0 Man Utd