Betting tips for Manchester City VS Burton 09.01.2019
Manchester City and Burton Albion come face-to-face at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to challenge for the first leg of the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. Manchester City come here after advancing in the FA Cup by beating Rotherham and now faces a League One badge. On the other side comes a Burton Albion who had little luck in the draw and left the defending champion in title of the Premier League in the raffle, a true test of fire for the equipment of the third English step of soccer.
Manchester City come here having eliminated Oxford United (0-3), Fulham (2-0) and Leicester City (1-2), appearing in these quarter-finals as the defending champion of the EFL Cup, which has won 5 times in its history, most recently in 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2017/18. The last time the Citizens lost in this competition was in October 2016. Citizens arrive here in a hangover of three straight victories over Southampton (1-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Rotherham (7-0), with this last victory having been for the FA Cup. City is currently the defending champion in both the Premier League and this EFL Cup, and arrives here with the status of clear favorite, facing here a set of two divisions below.
Pep Guardiola's goal will be to ensure a comfortable victory in the first leg in order to finish the tie and get into the second leg without having to chase after anything. Fabian Delph has completed his punishment and will be left-back option in this match. Danilo and Laporte overcame their physical problems and also regressed here to eleven. Arijanet Muric has played all the matches of this competition this season, but Ederson was the option in the game for the FA Cup and it remains to be seen who will be the option here. Given the inferior caliber of the enemy, Guardiola will certainly choose to rest Fernandinho, David Silva and De Bruyne.
EFLO Burton Albion arrives here after eliminating Shrewsbury Town (1-2), Aston Villa (1-0), Burnley (2-1), Nottingham Forest (3-2) and Middlesbrough (0- 1). The team has never been able to win this competition in their history, and this is the first time they have come so far in the EFL Cup. The team has already made history in the competition by reaching the semi-finals for the first time but begins to see the end of the road by bumping into the current Premier League and EFL Cup holders. The team arrives here without losing any of their last four games, starting to beat Wycombe Wanderers (3-1), drawing against Plymouth Argyle (1-1) and Bristol Rovers (0-0), and winning on the final day or Rochdale (0-4).
Out of doors is how the Brewers are more difficult to score, since in 17 games played in national competitions the team won only 5, losing 9, with a total of 20 goals scored and 25 goals conceded. Kyle McFadzean, Stephen Quinn and Marvin Sordell are all out, all injured. Jake Hesketh is in doubt. In a tough redoubt and before one of the best teams in England, Burton will have to bet on a more defensive strategy, risking only on exits in counterattack, and thus trying as far as possible to postpone the decision of the tie for their territory.
Given the difference in quality between the two teams and the fact that City play at home, it is expected a similar outcome to that of the match against Rotherham for the FA Cup, with City winning by a comfortable margin.