Oxford vs Manchester City
England – Carabao Cup
Date: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Kassam Stadium (Oxford).
If Manchester City fails to record anything other than a massive, awe-inspiring win this Wednesday, Pep Guardiola should pack up his bags and leave England for his own good.
Oxford vs Manchester City Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams have locked horns just once in the last two decades, and it had come in the previous edition of the EFL Cup. Then, City won on the road, with a 0-3 scoreline.
- Previously, these two clashed in 1998, and then Oxford won 0-2 on the road.
- In the 12-year period between 1986, and 1998, the clubs took part in eight encounters. Then, City managed to win four matches, were held to draws twice, and lost twice.
Oxford vs Manchester City Prediction
Oxford had to narrowly edge out their League One opposition Sunderland in order to get to the final eight of the EFL Cup. Aided with the home advantage, the former ended the regular time with a score of 1-1.
Later, in the penalty shootout, the hosts converted four of their kicks, while Sunderland missed twice.
In the meantime, defending champions Manchester City hosted Southampton at the Etihad in the Round of 16. All three goals for Pep came from Argentines, as Sergio Aguero scored twice, and Nicolas Otamendi slotted in once. The only blemish in the almost-perfect victory would be the lone goal the Citizens conceded in the 75th minute.
This match-day, it’s almost a no-brainer as to whom the tag of the favorites go. Manchester City are the two-time defending champions of the EPL, and importantly, the reigning champions of the Carabao.
Moreover, the last season, Guardiola’s men had recorded an unprecedented domestic treble, and narrowly beat out Liverpool to the league crown.
This time around, the EPL title seems a bit doubtful due to the extraordinary lead Liverpool boast of at the moment. This will certainly act as a drive for the Manchester Blues to go after all the remaining titles.
They are pitted against a League One opposition this Wednesday. Keep note that League One is the third tier of English football, while Pep’s boys have been tearing it apart in the top-most flight for the past two years.
Moreover, the last year, these two same teams had clashed in this competition. Then Manchester City had recorded a dominating 0-3 win at this same venue.
In addition, Oxford are on a three-game winless run at the moment, and failed to score in all three fixtures. At home, they were held to a goalless draw the previous match-day, and were winless in three of their former five home fixtures.
On the other hand, City won their last two games, and scored seven goals in the process. Keep note that, in return, they conceded just once. Also, one of these wins had come in the Champions League, and the other had come on the road against Arsenal.
Away from home, City are on a three-match winning run, and won seven of their last ten trips. In fact, their sole loss on the road in the prior ten attempts had come against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Taking into account these observations, rightfully count on Manchester City to deliver a crushing win this Wednesday.
Going on, brave punters could make use of this lopsided game, and bet on City to win to nil at 1.90 odd, or for the game to have at least two goals before half time at 1.75 odd. However, keep a lookout whether Pep will rest his main players, before going for risky bets.
Oxford vs Manchester City Betting Tips
Half Time/ Full Time: Manchester City/ Manchester City @ 1.44 (4/9)
To Score in Both Halves: Manchester City @ 1.40 (2/5).