Bristol City will be looking to cause another League Cup shock when they travel to Manchester City for their semi-final first leg.
The Robins stunned City’s locals Man United with an emphatic last gasp winner at Ashton Gate to set up a blockbuster tie with the Premier League leaders who are unbeaten in domestic competition.
After victories over Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace Manchester United became Bristol City’s fourth Premier League scalp, a League Cup record.
And if they can do the unthinkable and see off, arguably, one of the best sides in Europe over two legs they’ll be Wembley bound for a final against Chelsea or Arsenal.
But before they can dream they have an almighty task on their hands. Scoring against Man City is one thing, stopping them score is another. Some of the best managers around including Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp have all failed to halt the Man City juggernaut – can Lee Johnson of the Championship find the winning formula?
Pep’s Man City remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple, even if the Spaniard refuses to entertain the thought of it. In Bristol City they’ve been handed what most would say is the easiest semi-final tie, but Pep Guardiola will be showing the Championship high flyers the respect they deserve by fielding a relatively strong side.
Claudio Bravo is expected to retain his place between the sticks while Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus remain sidelined through injury.
As for Bristol City quarter final hero Korey Smith, who scored the winner against United, is expected to be fit. Bailey Wright, Nathan Baker, Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid are all expected to return after being rested at Vicarage Road.
Unsurprisingly Man City are huge odds on favourites to win Tuesday’s encounter, so where’s the value at? Well if you fancy a real shock the Robins are 25/1 to win and take the advantage back to Ashton Gate, stranger things have happened.
Bristol City are the highest goalscorers in this season’s competition with 16 goals while, surprisingly, Man City are the lowest scorers left in the competition having netted just three times.
I think Man City will be too strong for Bristol City no matter what side they field.
Man City to win and under 2.5 goals is 7/2 and looks a good bet considering their struggles to find the net in this competition so far this season.