Bristol City vs Manchester City
English Carabao Cup
Date: Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Ashton Gate Stadium (Bristol)
The Championship side Bristol City stand a tall order in the League Cup second leg after falling 2-1 down to Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad 10 days ago.
Bristol City had a memorable run in the first half of the 2017/18 season. But things took a u-turn at the wake of New Year. The weekend’s goal-less draw against Derby County stretched Bristol’s win-less run to 6 matches. There has been 5 losses on the bounce prior to the latest stalemate.
The Robins were prime candidates for automatic qualification to Premier League at one point, but now they are 5th in the Championship table chasing the top two sides from a 5-point gap.
Manchester City got back to winning ways on Saturday at the expense of struggling Newcastle United. Sergio Aguero bagged a hat-trick in the 3-1 rout at Etihad leaving behind his disappointing outing in his team’s 3-4 loss at Anfield a week ago. The win helped the Citizens stay 12 points clear-off cross city rivals Manchester United in the Premier League title hunt.
Despite having a clear cushion in the Premier League title race, City has been performing below expectations in away matches lately. They are currently on a two match win-less run away from home.
Bristol City vs Manchester City: Head-to-head
Sergio Aguero scored a late winner deep in the injury time to hand Manchester City a 2-1 win when the teams met at the Etihad in the first leg of the corresponding fixture.
The only other meeting between the sides in over a decade happened in the same competition back in 2007. City won the tie at Bristol’s home ground that time by the same 2-1 margin.
Bristol City vs Manchester City: Prediction
Bristol’s current form is a huge let down and they are in a spot of bother and falling behind in the Championship title race. Their latest six match win-less run also suggest that Lee Johnson’s immediate priority is to get back to winning ways in the league. Therefore, the home side can field a weakened eleven in an unrealistic chase to overturn a deficit against a team of Man City’s stature.
Bristol City vs Manchester City: Bet Tips
Manchester City to score in both halves at 1.87 with Jetbull
Over 1.5 second half goals at 1.75 odds.