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Leicester City vs Manchester City – two teams meet in the EFL Cup quarter-finals
Leicester City are normally a difficult team to play against for any Premier League side, but with Manchester City so strong in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola will expect his team to get through to the Carabao Cup – the English League Cup – semi-finals. The Spanish manager has yet to win a trophy at his club but that looks almost certain to change this season. The final of this tournament is in February, so this is the first chance that the club have.
The club have won 16 games in succession, which is a Premier League record. The club may rest players ahead of the Christmas period which will see lots of matches over very few recovery days. Claudio Bravo had a difficult first season at the club but he may get the chance to replace Ederson, as the Brazilian could be rested following his stunning form. City beat West Brom and then Wolverhampton to get to this stage and whatever team is chosen, they will be favourites.
Leicester, of course, won the Premier League in 2016, but this is their best chance to add another piece of silver to the trophy cabinet. Since they won the league they have had a tough time, and sacked both Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare. Now Claude Puel, who got to the final of the EFL Cup last season with Southampton, is in charge. Although the Foxes lost to Crystal Palace last weekend, the club had won four games in a row and they look like having a successful second half of the season. Their chances against Manchester City are boosted by the fact thateach game in this competition, apart from the two-game semi-finals, are knockout on the night with extra-time and penalties both possible.
For great Carabao Cup odds for this season, check out the offering from Tipbet.com. The sports betting site give Manchester City favourites status (2.75) in their season bets. For the game on 20th December, Leicester can be backed at 6.75 to win in 90 minutes, or 4.25 to win the tie. City are 1.18 to advance, while there are a huge range of other odds markets such as the correct scoreline. These can be seen here.
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