Bristol City vs Manchester United preview, betting tips and prediction: United to end great run for Championship high flyers

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On paper, Manchester United have the easiest route through to the Carabao Cup semi finals by taking on Championship side Bristol City at Ashton Gate. In reality, though, this is a game that will be far from a walkover if the Red Devils are not careful. It has not been plain sailing for Jose Mourinho’s side away from home in recent weeks, and their opponents are very good at home and are looking like challenging for promotion to the Premier League this season. Victory would mean history for Lee Johnson’s men, and they and their fans will be right up for it from the start.

But Mourinho has a special relationship with the English League Cup, having won it in both his first seasons at Chelsea and United. He sees it as a good grounding for future success and has won it three times so far in his career. With Manchester City looking so tough to catch in the Premier League title race, the Portuguese may really go for this trophy in February once again by not resting too many first team regulars. Despite Bristol City’s bravery, it is hard to look past an away win in this one.

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Manchester United have not had it their own way on the road this season, particularly in more recent weeks. Defeats to Huddersfield, Chelsea and FC Basel show that being physical and stopping the flow out wide can have a real impact in getting a result against Mourinho’s side. They have been more or less perfect at Old Trafford, remaining unbeaten at home for over a year and 40 games, only for Manchester City to win in December. Pep Guardiola’s side were also the last side to win there in September 2016, but there is definitely something to inspire Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Bristol City are third in the Championship and just four points behind second placed Cardiff as it stands. While Wolves are seemingly running away with the title right now, they have lost the same number of games as City, just three, but have won four more games, thus drawing four fewer. Over the last six games, they have won four in a row, losing and drawing one each. That defeat, to Preston, came on the road so they are definitely very strong in front of their own fans.

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Mourinho said recently that Eric Bailly will be out for two to three months with an injury, while Marouane Fellaini is also set to miss out. Other than that, though, Manchester United will have a strong squad available, but they could rest some players with such a busy schedule coming up.

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Gary O’Neil will miss out with a knee injury, while Callum O’Dowde has a hamstring problem. But Lee Johnson also has the majority of his squad available for selection.

 

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