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Manchester United vs Manchester City Prediction & Match Preview

Manchester United vs Manchester City
England – Carabao Cup
Date: Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Old Trafford.

All eyes will be on Old Trafford when Manchester United and Manchester City face each other in the EFL Cup semis.

The Red Devils defeated Everton 2-0 in the quarter-finals, but they will have a much-bigger fish to fry against the star-studded Citizens.

Edinson Cavani is banned for the match over the use of a racial term, while Rojo and Jones remain in the recovery room.

Man City, on the other hand, rolled over Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League derby to rejoin the title race.

Even though Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Garcia, and Walker have been tested positive for coronavirus, away win should be considered as the Citizens looked sharp in front of goal in the triumph over Chelsea.

A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Kevin de Bruyne, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Manchester United Manchester City played so far 49 matches.
Manchester United won 23 direct matches. Manchester City won 18 matches. 8 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.76 goals per Match.

Manchester United vs Manchester City Prediction

Manchester United in actual season average scored 2.16 goals per match. In 7 (58.33%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (58.33%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Manchester City average scored 1.83 goals per match in season 2021. In 7 (58.33%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (33.33%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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The EFL Cup usually results in a raft of changes being made by the Premier League's top teams, but with both of these clubs having FA Cup games at home to Championship opposition next up, there could be two strong sides named on Wednesday.

Man City's options are severely limited, though, with as many as eight players in danger of missing out, six of whom have fallen foul of the coronavirus outbreak at the club.

Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia and Tommy Doyle were all missing against Chelsea due to COVID-19 and are expected to be absent on Wednesday too.

Jesus and Walker would have completed their 10-day isolation period by the time the match is played and so could be available in theory, although they will first have to provide a negative test.

On top of that, Guardiola was also without defensive duo Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake for the trip to Chelsea and, while neither problem is thought to be serious, they could again miss out here due to the quick turnaround.

Phil Foden scored at Stamford Bridge and will hope to be awarded another start here, having had a direct hand in nine goals from his last 12 League Cup appearances.

Man United have had an extra two days of rest prior to this game and that could afford them the luxury of naming as close to a full-strength team as possible.

Victor Lindelof remains a doubt having missed the last two games with a back injury, while Edinson Cavani serves the second of his three-match ban for a social media post which contained an allegedly discriminatory word.

Dean Henderson is expected to return in goal in place of David de Gea, while Solskjaer must also decide whether to bring the likes of Alex Telles, Mason Greenwood, Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata back into the side.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden; Aguero