Manchester City v Manchester United

Manchester City Odds Against Manchester United 

Manchester City looks to advance to their fourth Carabao Cup Final in five years as they take a 3-1 lead into the second leg of their semi-final against rivals Manchester City. 

City were 3-0 up in the first half in the first leg at Old Trafford before a second-half Marcus Rashford strike cut the deficit to two goals. City goes back to the Etihad Stadium with three away goals and is huge favorites to get to the final where they can retain their Carabao Cup trophy. 

Under fire manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can make it to his first final as the Manchester United boss, but without Marcus Rashford who has been ruled out 2-3 months with a stress fracture in his back, United’s chances are next to nothing to grab a result at the Etihad. 

Both clubs are coming off wins when they meet each other on Wednesday night. Manchester City dispatched Championship side Fulham 4-0 in a comfortable win. Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and a brace from Gabriel Jesus sent to City to the fifth round of the FA Cup where they travel to face Sheffield Wednesday of the Championship. 

Man United scored their biggest win of the season as they thrashed League One side Tranmere Rovers 6-0. United had six different scorers on the night with Harry Maguire, Diego Dalot, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood all bagging for United. 

Their win sent them to the fifth round of the FA Cup where they will go on to face the winner of Northampton Town v Derby County. 

The Huge Manchester United Odds to Overcome the Deficit 

The last six league meetings between both Manchester clubs scores three wins for City, two wins for United and one draw. United have the upper hand in the league this season however after defeating City at the Etihad 2-1 in December 2019. 

The winner of this tie will go on to face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final after they defeated Leicester City 2-1 and 3-2 on aggregate. 

Sportsbooks odds on Man City getting to their second consecutive final opens at -15000, making them clear favorites. Odds on Man United overturning their huge deficit and getting to the final opens at +2800, according to sportsbooks. Odds on the full-time result ending in a draw that will result in penalties opens at +500. 

Has the Prestige of the League Cup Disappeared?  

There are several reasons why the importance, status, and relevance of the Carabao Cup has dwindled in recent years. 

Firstly, the elite clubs in the Premier League rotate their squads in the competition. The revenue from the Premier League and Champions League is too high for the top teams to risk getting their star players injured in a competition where the rewards are minuscule compared to the previous competitions. 

Secondly, the fixture schedule in England is an issue and has been for years. Just look at the recent case of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. The Premier League has inserted a winter break during the first two weeks of February for the first time. 

However, the FA has forced Liverpool to play a replay of their fourth-round tie against Shrewsbury Town during this winter break; a break that the Premier League told their clubs to honor by not arranging friendlies and playing any matches whatsoever.  

Thirdly, and this may be a personal opinion of mine, but Manchester City’s opponents in both cups especially the Carabao Cup has been suspect at best. 

Yes, Manchester City is a brilliant team and they can beat anyone on any given day but when you delve deeper into the draws they’ve received, there is cause for concern. 

They’ve played the likes of Oxford United (X2), Burton Albion, Fulham (X2), Bristol City, West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End across four years in the League Cup. 

Excluding League Cup finals, Manchester City has faced just five Premier League teams on their League Cup runs in four years (Leicester City, Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Swansea City, and Manchester United). 

A competition that one team has dominated for several years, whether that be to their superiority or favorable draws, we’ll never know, but we do know that interest in the League Cup is dwindling and something must be done if the FA want big teams to take this competition seriously.