Bristol City v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Our tipster thinks that Pep Guardiola's side will prove to be far too strong for the Robins in Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg tie

Bristol City are bidding to rewrite the record books ahead of their League Cup semi-final second leg tie against Manchester City at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night.

The Robins have never before reached the final of this competition, but having already knocked four top flight teams out of this competition this season, Lee Johnson's men will feel that they are capable of turning this tie on its head.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, though, it would surely represent their most significant scalp to date should Johnson's side progress to the final at the expense of the runaway Premier League leaders.

Latest odds

Since that first leg, Manchester City have suffered their first domestic defeat of the season - a 4-3 loss against Liverpool earlier this month - but Pep Guardiola's men showed no ill-effects from that disappointment as they claimed a comfortable 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

Raheem Sterling, Manchester City, Horour Magnusson, Bristol City

The visitors are strong favourites to book a place in the League Cup final with a win against their Championship opponents and are as short as 2/9 (1.22) with Betfair Sportsbook to come out on top in this tie inside normal time, whilst the draw is priced at 11/2 (6.50) - a result that would also see the Citizens into the final.

The Robins set up this tie with a memorable 2-1 win against Manchester United last month and Johnson's side will believe that they are capable of knocking Manchester City out of the competition, but anything less than a win would see the Championship side crash out and the enormity of the task facing the Robins is reflected by Betfair Sportsbook's 12/1 (13.0) quote for a home win.

Team news

Bristol City will hope that defender Nathan Baker is fit to face the Premier League leaders after the 26-year-old picked up an ankle injury in the goalless draw with Derby County on Friday night, while the Robins are also hoping that goalkeeper Frank Fielding shakes off a back injury to take his place in the team.

Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score a stoppage time winner in the first leg of this tie but may be forced to settle for a spot on the substitutes' bench alongside influential midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who may also be given a rest, with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan in line to start at Ashton Gate.

Manchester City set to cruise through?

City have scored at least three times in four of their five fixtures in 2018 and it would be a major surprise should they score three times at Ashton Gate and fail to progress to the final; Betfair Sportsbook offer just 8/13 (1.62) that Manchester City come out on top in a match in which at least four goals are scored, while the same firm go 4/6 (1.67) that the Premier League leaders are in front at both half time and full time.

Bristol City Man City graphic

Both teams to score?

Manchester City have conceded in each of their last five matches and that defensive fragility could offer some hope for the Robins ahead of Tuesday's tie; Betfair Sportsbook offer 11/10 (2.10) that there are goals at both ends when these two teams lock horns.

Tips and predictions

Bristol City produced a bold display in Manchester earlier this month, but the Robins' goal in that first leg tie - from the penalty spot - is the only goal that Johnson's side have scored in their last five fixtures.

Manchester City, then, can underline their superiority with a comfortable win at Ashton Gate and, so, Betfair Sportsbook's 6/4 (2.50) quote for the visitors to win by at least three goals could offer excellent value for punters here.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Manchester City (-2) at 6/4 (2.50) for a 1pt stake with Betfair BETFAIR FOOTER

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