Coming off the back of a record-breaking display at the Etihad over the weekend, Manchester City will turn their attentions to the EFL Cup when the defending champions make the trip to Deepdale on Tuesday night.
Now securing back-to-back victories since their shock defeat at Carrow Road after returning from the international break, it is no surprise that Pep Guardiola’s men will travel to PR1 as an overwhelming favourite.
On the flip side, the English heavyweights are not the only side who have continued to catch the eye.
Extending on their unbeaten over the weekend thanks to victory over Birmingham on Saturday, Alex Neil’s men have promotion firmly in their sights this season.
Despite Tuesday’s hosts continuing to shine, they do have some unpleasant memories in their previous meetings against Guardiola’s champions.
Shipping a trio of goals in their two previous meetings, you will be interested to know that City can be found at 4/7 with Ladbrokes to once again bag over 2.5 goals at Deepdale.
Preston – The Championship’s surprise package
Putting in yet another eye-catching display in their 1-0 victory away at Birmingham on Saturday, Preston’s stellar start has caught many by surprise.
Despite losing two of their opening three Championship appearances, Alex Neil’s men have now won four of their last five and are yet to taste defeat across any format since the 17th of August.
Now sat just a single point adrift of the leading pack of Swansea and Leeds, the Whites have many around Deepdale dreaming of a shock Premier League push.
You might be interested to know that Neil’s men can be found at 13/2 with SkyBet to secure a debut top-flight campaign for next season.
If Preston are to pull off what would be one of the most shocking upsets in EFL Cup history, then the one-time Norwich boss will be looking for Sean Maguire to lead their charge.
Bagging the winner at St. Andrew’s over the weekend, the 25-year-old has scored in back-to-back appearances and Maguire can be found at 5/1 with Bet365 to grab a consolation goal on Tuesday.
City’s free-scoring antics continue
Scoring five goals in the opening 15 minutes in their stunning 8-0 winner over Watford on Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s side have empathically bounced back after their shock defeat at Carrow Road earlier in the month.
While the Sky Blues might be chasing down a five-point deficit to Premier League title contenders Liverpool, City also secured a 3-0 victory out in Russia to open their Champions League campaign last week.
Lifting the EFL Cup as part of their famous treble-winning season last year, the defending champions are pencilled in at 3/1 with William Hill to reclaim their title, a favourite with the bookmakers.
If City are to leave Deepdale unscathed in midweek, then the former Barcelona boss will be looking for Gabriel Jesus to take full advantage of a rare start.
Playing second fiddle to Sergio Aguero at the start of the new campaign, the Brazil international will lead the line on Tuesday and can be found at 8/13 with SkyBet to find the net.