Manchester City F.C. welcome the visitors Burton Albion F.C. in the English Football League Cup – Semi-finals. The match will be held on Wednesday, January 9th, at the Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City F.C. have found legs after their 2 consecutive losses and managed to beat Liverpool at home, thus brining the intrigue back to the league. The home win over the Merseysiders turned 13th for the ‘Citizens’ in the present campaign. Actually, Guardiola’s men deserved a victory in the game that they lost to Crystal Palace, but the opponent featured much luck in conversion that time. Thus, the City’s slipups at the Etihad are very rare. Not surprisingly, the hosts are very effective in front of their own fans – they count 48 goals made in 15 rounds this season. Moreover, the team produce 2 goals at least in 11 home encounters. Their defense failed only once, in the clash with the Crystal Palace.
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The visiting Burton Albion F.C. are a middle-class team of the League One. Even competing in the 3rd Division, they conceded 11 times in 25 rounds. In outings, the team racked up only 9 points, allowing 21 goals in 12 matches at this. Logically, they played ‘to nil’ in only 2 of 16 away matches of this season; half of the outings saw them allowing 2 goals as a minimum. Burton’s effectiveness on their travels is not high, they feature just 16 goals scored. In 5 previous outings, the team managed to net only once.
There is a gulf in the class of the tomorrow’s clash’s opponents. The ‘Citizens’ are among the strongest clubs of Europe, so the frugal League One representative Burton will hardly avoid a hammering at their hands. The English Premiere League outsiders have allowed 17 goals to Manchester City, yet in 270 minutes of the play time. Even the solid opponents like Hoffenheim, Everton, and Manchester United had hard times at the Etihad. Guardiola will certainly resort to some rotation, but his reserve players are a level above their Wednesday opponent. Manchester City have met with a League One representative in this run and got a thumping win there, allowing the opponent to hit only once. Burton will sit in their box over 2 halves, but this will hardly help them. In their last EFL Cup meeting with a EPL team, Burton suffered a plastering. They will not avoid a hammering tomorrow as well.
Prediction for the match: Manchester City F.C. to win with a -2.5 handicap.