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26.10 EFL CUP: UNITED - CITY PREVIEWS AND BETTING

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The round of 16 in the English League Cup continues with another great match, as straight after Liverpool - Tottenham we are treated to the second Manchester derby of the season!

PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED - MANCHESTER CITY

If somebody were to compile a highlight reel of the worst defensive performances of English teams this season, both Manchester teams would be in the top two. Just a week ago City got hammered 4-0 in Barcelona, as they practically donated all three points to the Catalonians. Meanwhile, United managed to go even lower last weekend, falling at Chelsea to a same 4-0 scoreline.

After winning his first 10 competitive matches in charge of City, Guardiola has now gone five games without a single victory. In addition to Barcelona, City have lost 2-0 away to Tottenham and also played out three deaws against Celtic, Everton and Southampton. The last five matches have shown significant weakness at the back, and they have now gone seven games without a clean sheet.

United haven't fared much better in recent weeks. The humiliating defeat to Chelsea was a real tragedy for Jose Mourinho and the United camp, and the press have really had a go at them. The Red Devils' last Premier League victory dates back over a month (vs Leicester 4-1). They have managed to dispatch Ukrainian side Zorya (1-0) and Turkish giants Fenerbache (4-1) at home in the Europa League, so they have managed to hold on to some of their early season momentum.

Due to the problems both teams are having this is a very interesting derby, as both teams are in desperate need of a positive result that would put an end to their horrific runs.

BETTING IDEAS:

Both teams are expected to rotate their squads slightly due to their busy schedules. United's Europa League campaign and City's Champions League commitments mean a lot of their key players can get fatigued fast, and it's more than likely that both Guardiola and Mourinho will make changed to their starting eleven on Wednesday.

Eric Bailly will miss the derby due to the injury picked up on Sunday, while long-term absentee Phil Jones is also out. Bailly's absence in particular will be a big miss, as he has been United's best central defender this season. City will be without key playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, who was also injured on Sunday against Southampton.

City won the first Manchester derby of the season 1-2 at Old Trafford. Since that day they haved struggled a lot on the road, as their goal difference from their last two away games against Spurs and Barcelona is 0-6. However, United aren't currently as good of a side as those two, so City are likely to get at least a goal on Wednesday. United have both scored and conceded a lot this season, but consistency has been their main issue.

As both teams have struggled defending properly this season, betting on the amount of goals seems like a viable option.

- Total amount of goals - Over 2,5: 51/50 (Unibet / LeoVegas)

Both teams to score, Yes: 4/5 (Fastbet / Bethard / Unibet / LeoVegas)

Manchester derbies can often be feisty affairs. For example, in September's clash there were six yellow cards handed out, and as both are teams frustrated with their current form more of the same could be on the cards.

Yellow cards total - over 3,5 : 11/20 (Unibet / LeoVegas)

BETTING ODDS:

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Bet United X City
1x2 17/10 (Bet365) 12/5 (Bet365) 37/20 (LeoVegas)
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Handicap MUFC -1: 41/10 (LeoVegas)
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2,5 goals
Over 2,5: 51/50 (Fastbet)
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  Under 2,5: 83/100(Betcart)
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Both teams
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  No: 51/50 Betsafe
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