Carabao Cup: Kudos to Kevin…

Tonight sees the second semi-final of the Carabao Cup, with Manchester United hosting Manchester City at Old Trafford for the right to face Tottenham at Wembley in the final.

The two teams met in last year’s semi-final, with City winning 3-2 on aggregate over two legs, but a change in format means this year the tie is a one-leg affair.

Holders City have won the competition in five of the last seven seasons and would join Liverpool as eight-time winners with another success this year. They start as favourites, particularly after their impressive display in dismantling Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

On that occasion star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne played as a false number nine, knitting the attacking play together as well as scoring City’s third goal. City put in their best performance of the season, and it’s likely that manager Pep Guardiola will keep the formation given its success and the lack of other options through injury.

SkyBet offers 7/1 that the Belgian scores from outside the box during the 90 minutes, and that is tempting. But we think the 5/2 that William Hill is quoting that he scores anytime offers better value, and that’s what we will be on.

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Kevin de Bruyne to score anytime, 1 pt, at 5/2, William Hill

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