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Manchester City v Manchester United – League Cup Semi Final Second Leg – Preview, Team News and Prediction

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Competition: League Cup Semi Final Second Leg (City lead 3-1 from first leg)

Time and Date: Wednesday 29th January 2020. Kick off 19:45, 14:45 (EST) 11:45 (PST)

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistants: Ian Hussin, Darren Cann

Fourth Official: Lee Mason

VAR: Kevin Friend

VAR Assistant: Stephen Child

TV Info: Sky Sports main Event, NBC Sports Network (USA), ESPN+ sign up for ESPN+ here

Radio: BBC Radio Five Live

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Preview:

Manchester City welcome neighbours United to Etihad Stadium for the second time this season as they aim to make a third Wembley appearance in succession in the League Cup Final.

The blues bring a 3-1 lead to east Manchester after a devasting display at Old Trafford two weeks ago and hopes are high that the blues will finish the job on Wednesday.

City warmed up for the match in style by beating Fulham 4-0 on Sunday, but United readied themselves by hammering Tranmere Rover 6-0 at Prenton Park later the same day.

But as well as reaching Wembley, the blues will have a bit of revenge in mind on Wednesday as they look to avenge December’s 2-1 home defeat to the reds, and manager Pep Guardiola and the supporters will be hoping for a better display from the team.

With away goals no longer counting as double, City just need to avoid a two goal defeat to avoid penalties and a 3-0 loss to exit the competition entirely, anything else will see the blues through to face Aston Villa, who beat Leicester 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Team News:

Claudio Bravo is expected to remain in goal for City, but the blues are expected to make a few changes from the win over Fulham. City’s only concern, other than long-term injury hit Leroy Sane, is the fitness of defender Aymeric Laporte, who made his comeback from injury in last Tuesday’s win at Sheffield United, but went off after 75 minutes.

United have Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford out injured as they look to overturn the 3-1 deficit.

Prediction:

Pep has won just one match as City boss against United at the Etihad and he’ll be eager for his team to put that right on Wednesday. He will be aware of the threat United pose but I just think City will have too much for the reds on Wednesday

Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United