Man City vs Arsenal – Carabao Cup Final Betting Tips
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We all know that Pep Guardiola has his own unique ways of praising people. He made headlines for angrily shouting in Nathan Redmond’s face earlier in the season only for it to transpire that he was actually talking up the Southampton winger’s ability. So it was no surprise to see Guardiola corner Bristol City manager, Lee Johnson, following the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi final.
In a style that could be mistaken for aggression, Guardiola told Johnson that his side had played better than almost every Premier League visitor to the Etihad this season. Johnson was happy to get even a fleeting moment of Guardiola’s time but he and his players were fully deserving of all the praise being heaped upon him. The Robins took the game to their illustrious opponents by pressing them high up the pitch and were full value for their half time lead.
Unfortunately, Bristol City could not hold on to become the first English side to beat Man City but Johnson must have raised a smile when watching Liverpool employ a similar gameplan in their 4-3 victory over the Premier League leaders.
Johnson will see little reason to change his approach for the second leg of the semi final at Ashton Gate. With nothing to lose and victories against four Premier League teams already under their belts, Bristol City will give it everything they’ve got on Tuesday night which will hopefully provide another thrilling encounter.
Man City 1/4 (William Hill)
Draw 11/2 (Betfred)
Bristol City 14/1 (Coral)
Man City may well have obliged favourite backers with their first leg win at the Etihad but Bristol City did more than enough to suggest they pose a real threat in the return. Ashton Gate will be absolutely rocking, as it was during the Robins’ win over Man Utd in the previous round, so backing the away side at a best price of 1/4 with William Hill is far from appealing.
That said, Man City are the overwhelming favourites for good reason. That defeat against Liverpool has done next to no damage to their chances of winning the Premier League simply because they are the best team in the country by some distance. Guardiola’s men showed their resilience and their quality with their 3-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday and will put out a similarly strong team in Bristol. Therefore, it makes sense to seek out more tempting prices about a Man City win.
You can take the 3/4 that Ladbrokes are quoting on the Man City/Man City selection in their Half Time/Full Time market if you think the Citizens will win comfortably. We, however, prefer the 19/10 that Boylesports will give you on Man City to win and both teams to score. Bristol City will have chances and should take one of them but it’s hard to imagine they’ll outscore this hugely talented Man City team.
Man City 2-0 @ 6/1 (William Hill)
Man City 3-0 @ 25/4 (Sportingbet)
Man City 1-0 @ 15/2 (Betfred)
Man City 2-1 @ 8/1 (William Hill)
Man City 4-0 @ 10/1 (Coral)
Man City 3-1 @ 10/1 (Ladbrokes)
The Correct Score market is a great place to turn for a more lucrative return from a game in which Man City win and both teams score. As you can see from the top of the market above, the bookies are in no doubt who they think will win the match. We’re in agreement and think they’ll have enough to overcome some stiff resistance from Bristol City.
The depth of talent available to Guardiola should ensure that the scoreline looks comfortable come the final whistle. With the visitors set to pose a near constant threat to the Bristol City goal, the Man City 3-1 correct score looks worth a play at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.
Sergio Aguero 12/5 (William Hill)
Raheem Sterling 10/3 (William Hill)
Brahim Diaz 4/1 (Stan James)
Leroy Sane 9/2 (Stan James)
Bernardo Silva 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Kevin De Bruyne 13/2 (Paddy Power)
David Silva 8/1 (William Hill)
Ilkay Gundogan 8/1 (Stan James)
Just like the Correct Score market the shortest priced options when it comes to a First Goalscorer bet are dominated by Man City players. That’s despite the fact that Bristol City scored the first goal of the tie thanks to a Bobby Reid penalty.
Reid remains the Bristol City player most likely to score first this time out at 9/1 with Coral but it’s surely sensible to put your money on a Man City player. With Guardiola set to play a strong team before making changes for the weekend’s FA Cup tie, both Sergio Aguero (12/5 with William Hill) and Kevin De Bruyne (13/2 with Paddy Power) look like solid options.
Man City to win and both teams to score at 19/10 with Boylesports
Man City 3-1 correct score at 10/1 with Ladbrokes