Carabao Cup Semi Finals
Bristol City v Manchester City
The second legs of the English League Cup semi finals get underway this week with both ties intriguingly poised. In their first leg, Manchester City were pushed all the way by Championship side Bristol City where it took a 92nd minute winner from talisman Sergio Aguero for The Citizens to take a 2-1 lead into this week’s second leg. In his previous match Aguero scored a fine hat-trick so is understandably top of the 1st Goalscorer market at 3.50. On recent form Bernard Silva also needs to be a consideration as he is 2.37 in our Anytime goalscorer market.
Pep Guardiola's side have conceded in all of their previous five matches in all competitions and had to come from behind to win the first leg. With Bristol City at home there may be some value betting with The Robins leading goalscorer, and penalty taker, Bobby Reid. At 9.60 in our 1st Goalscorer market and 3.25 in our Anytime goalscorer betting, can Reid add to his 14 goals already this season?
Not only have The Citizens been conceding recently, they have scored three or more goals in four of their previous five matches so the Correct Score market represents good value. Manchester City to win 1:3 is 9.80 and 1:4 is a huge 15.00. Why not combine 1:2, 1:3 and 1:4 at 3.65 in our Multiscores betting. If you are looking for a non mainstream bet then Bristol City are 5.60 in our 1st half – draw no bet market. They led Manchester City at half time in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium...
Can The Robins slay another giant having beaten Manchester United in a previous round or does Manchester City’s charge to win four competitions this season continue?
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Arsenal v Chelsea
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have struggled to keep up with Premier League leaders Manchester City so the Carabao Cup represents a serious opportunity for both clubs to get some silverware this season.
Following a 0:0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, Eden Hazard has warned Arsenal that Chelsea will attack them during this week’s second leg. With that motivation and him scoring twice in his previous Premier League match then 5.20 has to be a value bet for the Belgian in our 1st Goalscorer market. The Premier League games between these two teams finished 0-0 at Stamford Bridge and 2-2 at the Emirates so will the Carabao Cup continue to mirror those results? For this week’s match to finish 2:2 is 12.00 in our Correct Score market.
In all competitions Chelsea have drawn five of their last six matches in 90 minutes so 3.40 for the semi final second leg to be a draw may be a good investment. Three of these draws have been 0:0 so if you think the second leg will be as lacklustre as the first then 0-0 as a correct score in 90 minutes is priced at 11:00. If you are looking for a more optimistic bet then both teams to score in 90 minutes is 1.66 and Both teams to score in the 1st half is 4.10. With a cup final at stake, the pressure is on both managers to deliver.
Will Hazard be true to his word as part of a Chelsea team that will attack or will Arsenal out gun The Blues?
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