A new chapter will be added to the blockbuster Manchester derby as Manchester United will host Manchester City at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup Semi-Final on 6 January. Last the two teams met was in this season's EPL when the match ended in 0-0 goals draw.
Manchester City have won the Carabao Cup 7 times and ended as runner-ups on 1 occasion. Pep Guardiola has efficiently managed the rotation policy to relieve his troops of a congested schedule. He has recently made a statement on midfielder Phil Foden and advised him what he needs to do to become a unique player for Manchester City.
Man City vs United: Offensive and Defensive Strategy
Manchester United will look to continue their strong formation of 4-2-3-1 in the semi-final match. Manchester City may also go with their usual format of 4-2-3-1 for the crucial knockout clash.
The forward attack for Man Utd is led by star Uruguay international Edinson Cavani who has scored 4 goals this season with an overall rating of 6.58. He is also having an average of 1.4 shots per game.
The French striker Anthony Martial is another key player in the forward attack for the Red Devils. Martial has 5 goals and 5 assists to his name as of now with a passing accuracy of 82.9%. His current average rating in all competitions stands at 6.96.
The top Algerian striker Riyad Mahrez leads the forward attack for Manchester City. Mahrez has scored 7 goals so far with a high rating of 7.01. He has also maintained an average of 2.1 shots per game.
Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling are the other leading strikers for the Citizens. Jesus has scored 4 goals as of now with a rating of 7.12 and an average of 1.7 successful dribbles per match. Sterling has maintained a high rating of 7.11 with 9 goals, 4 assists, and an average of 1.2 key passes per match.
Man City is Ahead.
The midfield panel of Manchester United looks very strong with the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford. Fernandes has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season with an overall rating of 7.56. He has also assisted in 7 goals with an average of 3.0 key passes per game.
Rashford is also having 14 goals to his name with an average rating of 7.36. He has maintained an average of 1.3 key passes per match.
Kevin De Bruyne is a star performer for Man Utd in the midfield. Bruyne has scored 3 times and assisted in as many as 14 goals so far. His overall rating of 7.58 looks very good.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder Phil Foden is an exciting young talent for the Red Devils. Foden has an overall rating of 7.14 with 9 goals, 3 assists, and an average of 1.1 key passes per match.
Man City is Ahead.
In the defense department, Man Utd will rely on Alex Telles who has been impressive this season with an average of 1.8 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per match.
Harry Maguire is the other key defender in the panel. Maguire has maintained an average of 1.7 interceptions per game with an overall rating of 6.83.
Ruben Dias is a consistent performer in defense for the Citizens. Dias has a clearance average of 3.0 per match with an overall rating of 6.96.
The Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo is another leading defender with a high rating of 7.23. Cancelo has maintained an average of 2.1 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per match in all matches this season.
Man United is Ahead.
For the upcoming semi final clash between Man City and Man Utd, Manchester City will be without 7 star players. Reportedly 6 players have tested positive for Coronavirus. Ederson, Nathan Aké, Eric Garcia, Ferran Torres, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are reported to be the players who may miss the upcoming Carabao Cup Semi Final.
Matches: 183 | Man Utd: 76 | Man City: 54 | Draw: 53
Recent 5 Meetings: Man Utd: 3 | Man City: 1 | Draw: 1
Last Meeting: The match ended in a 0-0 draw in a Premier League fixture.
It is very difficult to predict a winner as both the teams are well equipped with quality players having a lot of experience. The upcoming games in the Premier League are crucial for both Man Utd and Man City ahead of the mega EFL Cup clash on 6 January.
Most of the prediction and betting platforms are suggesting a win for Manchester City as of now.
As per fctables.com, there is a 50% chance of a win for Manchester City. The chance for Manchester United stands at 25% as of now. The predictor is also indicating a 24% chance of having a draw match.
Bettingexpert.com has given the betting odds 1.91 in favor of Manchester City and 4.25 in favor of Manchester United. The odds for a draw stand at 4.00.