With a spot in the final of this year’s EFL Cup up for grabs along with Manchester bragging rights, the reigning champions will welcome their crosstown rivals to the Etihad on Wednesday night.
While Pep Guardiola’s men might have all but relinquished their Premier League crown, the Sky Blues put four past Championship outfit Fulham over the weekend and have continued on quite the free-scoring run.
On the flip side, while the Red Devils may have also booked their spot in the fifth round of this year’s FA Cup against lower league opposition on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have continued to show some worrying inconsistencies.
Hit with back-to-back defeats and also losing three of their last four top-flight appearances, Wednesday’s guests were also blown away when City picked up a deserved 3-1 victory at Old Trafford a fortnight ago.
You might be interested to know that an identical scoreline in midweek can be found priced at 10/1 with Paddy Power.
Who can stop Sergio?
Although Pep Guardiola has been the first to admit that City’s Premier League ambitions have long since gone up in smoke, the Sky Blues still have their sights set on lifting a piece of silverware this season.
Putting in what was an expected rampant display and breezing past Fulham in the FA Cup last weekend, the former Barcelona boss has seen his side bag 24 strikes on their eight-match unbeaten run.
While Brazil international Gabriel Jesus may have bagged a brace on Sunday, it has been the red-hot Sergio Aguero who has been stealing the headlines at the Etihad.
Moving up to fourth in the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscoring charts, the 31-year-old bagged the winner against Sheffield United last week and has continued on quite the purple patch.
Now with his sights set on lifting his second Golden Boot this year, the Argentinian marksman has found the net in each of his last five matches on the bounce.
Recording a stunning eight strikes on his free-scoring run, you might be interested to know that Aguero can be found at 3/5 with Coral to extend on that tally in midweek.
Pressure on Solskjaer
While Manchester United may have managed to pick up what was an expected victory over League One strugglers Tranmere on Sunday, it does not cover what is becoming a growing headache for under-pressure boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Still seen to be the leading contender with the bookmakers to be the next manager given the boot, the Red Devils were hit with a shock 2-0 defeat against Burnley at Old Trafford last week.
In fact, since their Norwegian icon was made permanent boss last March, United have lost more Premier League games (12) than they have won (11).
With the mood in their camp remaining incredibly fragile, there is no doubt that the Red Devils are still feeling the effects of being unable to call upon attacking talisman, Marcus Rashford.
Ruled out until at least March with a back injury, United have failed to find the net in three of their last four Premier League appearances and you might be interested to know that Wednesday’s guests can be found priced at 11/10 with Paddy Power to draw another blank in midweek.