Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City side travel to the King Power Stadium in their next hurdle towards total domination of English football when they face Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. Check out ProTipster Dan’s Carabao Cup preview for the game complete with stats, predictions and analysis
Carabao Cup: Prior Fixtures
The weekend saw the Citizens make it sixteen Premier League wins in a row with a 4-1 domination over would-be title contenders Tottenham Hotspur. Once again the incredible range of passing from midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne had the critics purring while a late double took Raheem Sterling’s haul for the season to 15 goals.
By contrast Leicester City were shockingly poor, conceding two goals before half time to a Crystal Palace side that had not won away from home since April. Wilfred Ndidi capped off a very unhappy 21st birthday receiving his marching orders in the 61st minute for a second booking before Bakary Sako’s injury time goal sealed a convincing 3-0 win to the Eagles.
Carabao Cup: Squad News
The Carabao Cup is a much different animal to the Premier League and there is no doubt that there will be some squad rotation both sides. The only question realistically will be how much the two sides will change – and how much respect the managers will give to the Carabao Cup as a competition.
Vincent Kompany is a doubt for the Citizens with injury while midfield magician David Silva could miss out again for personal reasons. Leicester will be without the banned Ndidi while Robert Huth (ankle) and Matty James (Achilles) will also be out.
Leicester City could bring in former Man City forward Kelechi Iheanacho along with Leonard Ulloa up top, while young prospect Hamza Choudhury is a potential selection in the middle. Man City could give starts to young prospects Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz in midfield while Tosin Adarabioyo and Olexandr Zinchenko could come into the defence.
Carabao Cup: Early Odds
Manchester City are very much the early favourites for this fixture, with the odds being offered on ProTipster at the time of writing being a very skinny 1.42. This ties up with the Asian Handicap line, with Leicester being offered at 1.93 for +1.25 while Man City being available at 1.88 for -1.25 suggesting that the bookies think Man City will win by at least a goal if not two.
Over 2.5 goals is only available at 1.50, with punters being forced to take on over 3.5 to get odds above evens in the overs market.
While it could easily be believed that Man City will win 2-1 or 3-1, it’s always worth waiting for the lineups before betting on the Carabao Cup. Man City have been amazing this season but they showed away at Shakhtar that too much rotation can result in defeat; equally the Leicester players will surely be looking to reprove themselves after the shocking 3-0 defeat this weekend.
ProTipsterDan’s Carabao Cup Tip
Without seeing the lineups it’s always a tricky one to pick, but based on just how good Manchester City have been in front of goal, I’m going to back over 3.5 goals at 3.5. I think that with Claudio Bravo between the sticks for Man City they may be vulnerable at the back and I cannot believe that Pep Guardiola will abandon his attacking philosophy for this game.