Bristol City vs Manchester City preview, betting tips and prediction: Pep Guardiola's men to end brave Bristol's run once and for all

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Before the first leg of Bristol City’s Carabao Cup semi final with Premier League champions-elect Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, manager Lee Johnson took a philosophical approach. The Etihad Stadium had looked a near impossible place to win, or even avoid a humbling defeat, but he calmly pointed out that no one expected his side to get this far, so they were able to play with no pressure and express themselves.

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That they did, coming within minutes of adding City to Manchester United, Watford, Crystal Palace and Stoke on the list of top-flight opposition they had beaten on an incredible journey. Sergio Aguero’s late header salvaged a 1-1 draw, giving the now visiting side the upper hand again. Johnson will want a good show again, but for Pep Guardiola, victory will mean a first final, and one step closer to a first trophy in English football.

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Bristol City have been mightily impressive in the Championship as well as the League Cup and they are well in the race for automatic promotion. They drew away at an immediate rival on Friday, in Derby County, keeping the pace at the top.

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As for Manchester City, their chances of going the whole season unbeaten went up in smoke after they lost 4-3 at Liverpool last week, but they bounced back with a 3-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday evening to maintain their 12-point lead at the top of the league.

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Neither side have any fresh injury concerns, but Manchester City will still be without Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus, though the Brazilian striker is approaching a return.

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