A place at Wembley is potentially just over 90 minutes away for the four teams left in this year’s EFL Cup as the semi-finals are settled in midweek.
On Tuesday, it’s the turn of the two Midlands clubs left in this year’s competition to fight it out for a place in the final. Aston Villa and Leicester meet at Villa Park with their tie finely poised at 1-1.
That’s followed by a spicy Manchester derby on Wednesday, with Man City holding a commanding 3-1 lead over rivals Man Utd heading into the second leg. However, both managers will be more than aware that derby day rarely plays to the script.
Aston Villa v Leicester City
Man City v Man United
Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Legs Betting Preview
Aston Villa vs Leicester City – Tuesday 28th February (currently 1-1 on aggregate)
There’s nothing to separate these two sides heading into the second leg after a late strike from Kelechi Iheanacho helped the Foxes keep the tie in the balance heading into Tuesday night’s game.
Brendan Rodgers’ charges have weathered their recent lean spell by recording back-to-back wins against West Ham and Brentford. The Northern Irishman will be hoping for a repeat of his side’s dominant 4-1 display at Villa Park back in December, but Villa have discovered their steely side in recent games, fighting back against both Brighton and Watford in the Premier League to claim four valuable points in their fight against relegation.
Both sides will be able to call upon first-team regulars with Leicester resting several first team regulars against Brentford and Villa rested up after a football-free weekend. Much could depend on the fitness of Jamie Vardy. Leicester’s talisman looks set to be in the squad for this game but may have to settle for a place on the bench after limping off against West Ham.
Verdict: Aston Villa 1-2 Leicester City
- Both teams to score and Leicester City to win at 43/20
- Second half to have the most goals – 27/25
- Conor Hourihane to score at any time at 4/1
Man City vs Man Utd – Wednesday 29th February (currently 3-1 on aggregate)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be out to restore pride after a ruthless City overpowered Man Utd at Old Trafford in the first leg, leaving the Red Devils with an uphill task to qualify for this year’s final.
That said, a second-half consolation goal from Marcus Rashford has handed the Red Devils a glimmer of hope heading to the rematch at the Etihad. Recent history also gives the away side hope, with Utd silencing the blue half of Manchester with two wins from their last three outings at the home of their great rivals.
Both sides hardly had to get out of second gear at the weekend as they raced into early leads in their FA Cup fourth-round matches to win 4-0 (City) and 6-0 (Utd) respectively. Expect a much cagier opening to this game, where an early Utd goal could just add some spice to this third Manchester derby of the season.
Verdict: Man City 2-1 Man Utd
- Man City to win by one goal at 57/20
- A substitute to score at 67/25
- David Silva to score at any time at 5/2
Odds correct at time of writing, but may be subject to change.