Carabao Cup Preview: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Manchester United go head-to-head with Manchester City on Wednesday with a place in the Carabao Cup Final up for grabs.

The two sides have been in fine form over the past few weeks and will be eager to continue in the same vein at Old Trafford.

The latest Betway soccer betting odds rate City as favourites to progress to the final, but they are unlikely to find things easy against the Red Devils.

Read on as we preview the semi-final tie and predict who we think will secure their place at Wembley Stadium.

United Continue Impressive Resurgence

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can be backed at odds of 6/4 with Betway to reach the final, and that looks good value given their recent form.

United took their unbeaten run to seven matches with a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League last Friday.

They have displayed their ability to grind out results at Old Trafford in recent weeks, and that should stand them in good stead against City.

With two extra days to prepare for the semi-final, United will rightly fancy their chances of seeing off their local rivals on Wednesday.

City Show Their Ruthless Side

City produced a clinical display as they climbed up to fifth in the league with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The visitors shrugged off player absences to run riot against the Blues, and they will be confident of repeating the trick in the semi-final.

Kevin De Bruyne proved to be a handful in the ‘false nine’ role, and he could be a good bet with Betway to score any time at Old Trafford.

However, United have looked far more resilient over the past few weeks and City are unlikely to enjoy the same freedom afforded to them by Chelsea.

Recent Results Favour United

While City have emerged as the biggest threat to Liverpool in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons, United have held the upper hand in recent derby games.

The Red Devils have won three and drawn one of their last five encounters and haven’t conceded a goal in their three most recent meetings.

That run includes a 0-0 draw in the league when they last met at Old Trafford in December, and another tight encounter could be on the cards this time around.

City had the biggest slice of possession on that occasion, but could not find a way past a well-organised United defence.

United Fancied to Squeeze Through

Both teams head into the game in good form, and there is likely to be little to choose between them on Wednesday.

Guardiola’s team have won this competition for the last three years and will undoubtedly be keen to retain their trophy.

By contrast, United haven’t won major silverware since winning the Europa League in 2017 and will be desperate to snap that streak.

With that in mind, backing United to win on penalties at odds of 11/1 with Betway could be the way to play this one.

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