Bristol City are flying high in the Championship and are one of the few second-tier sides that could genuinely trouble Manchester United in the Carabao Cup. At this quarter-final stage of the competition, both teams will be taking the game seriously, particularly as United are the current holders having beaten Southampton in the Wembley final in February.
City are third in their league and have shown enough quality that they can be considered contenders for promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history. Considering that they were a League One team as recently as the 2014/15 season, this is a remarkable achievement. They also finished 17th last season, but have been defeated just three times in 22 games to sit in third place with 43 points – eight behind leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, and four off Cardiff City in the second automatic promotion berth.
Bristol are well in the play-off positions, and finishing there would mark incredible progress. Recent form has been strong, with four straight victories, while the Robins beat Premier League side Crystal Palace in the last round, so can be as confident as possible ahead of Wednesday night at Ashton Gate.
Jose Mourinho has named a weakened squad for the trip south, with David de Gea among the names rested ahead of Saturday’s game at Leicester City. Paul Pogba is back in contention, however, after the Frenchman served his three-game ban following his sending-off against Arsenal.
United have been in excellent form in the Premier League, losing just once – to leaders Manchester City – in seven games. Both sides have strong attacking records, though Romelu Lukaku may finally get a rest with Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely to play a part on Wednesday.
For the Carabao Cup, Tipbet is the place to bet with over 65 markets on this game alone, as well as season bets which have Manchester City as favourites. The odds are heavily in United’s favour to both advance (1.22) and in normal time (1.50). City can be backed to spring a shock in the Cup at 3.90, or 6.25 in 90 minutes. A big range of other markets, including on extra-time, is available.
The other remaining EFL Cup quarter-final is Chelsea vs Bournemouth.