Burton Albion v Man City EFL Cup betting preview and tips

20:45 Wed 23 Jan
Tip: Man City -2.5
Units: 1/5
Odds: -100

Pep Guardiola insisted that the only way to respect the EFL Cup is to field a strong team and for the selected XI to play intensively, irrespective of the fact that they are facing a League One side who have punched above their weight to reach the semi-final stage of the competition.

It was men against boys a fortnight ago as Manchester City tore Burton Albion apart and scored nine goals, with this game almost looking like a one-sided children’s football match rather than two teams of professionals squaring off against each other.

The tie is done and dusted and City can start measuring up for their Wembley suits, although the second leg will be played on Wednesday night and it’s another opportunity to get with the Premier League side on the Asian Handicap.

As an example, Guardiola was able to keep Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne and Fabian Delph on the bench for the recent 3-0 victory against Wolves and many of the above players will be getting an outing at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Spaniard will want to show no mercy in this clash and, while there’s a chance that the Brewers will manage to score a consolation goal, it’s hard to see how the home side are going to live with those waves of attack.

Indeed, Nigel Clough might simply set his team the target of finding the net in this clash and enjoying the atmosphere, with a gung ho approach potentially on the cards considering that there’s literally nothing to lose.

Burton recently conceded three goals at home to Gillingham and, if the Gills can enjoy that much success, then it’s clear that world-class players should engineer plenty of scoring chances and ultimately a hatful of goals.

Manchester City -2.5 @ 2.00 with bet365