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Bristol City v Manchester City Betting Preview: Super Silva to hold the key for Guardiola's charges

09:02 GMT 23/01/2018
David Silva Manchester City
Our tipster thinks that the experienced Spanish star is good value to make his mark in Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Ashton Gate

Manchester City will hope to be amongst the goals again when they travel to Ashton Gate on Tuesday night to face Bristol City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

The Premier League leaders were forced to work hard for a 2-1 lead from the first leg of this tie in Manchester earlier this month, with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero striking in the second half to give Guardiola's team the initiative in the tie.

Aguero on form

The Argentine international is in razor-sharp form with a superb hat-trick against Newcastle United on Saturday evening, and dabblebet offer 11/5 (3.20) that Aguero scores the opening goal of the game, or just 1/2 (1.50) that the striker finds the net at any time; the price on offer is certainly skinny given that the 29-year-old is not certain to start against the Robins.

Width key for Manchester City

Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling carry a considerable threat from wide areas and they will need to be watched carefully by Bristol City should they find their feet at Ashton Gate; Sterling has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season and is decent value at 10/11 (1.91) to score at any time, with Sane offered at 11/10 (2.10) in the same market.

Midfield maestros

De Bruyne is a 11/2 (6.50) chance with dabblebet to score the opening goal of this game, while the Belgian international is a 6/4 (2.50) chance to score at any time - although, like Aguero, he may be given a rest here.

David Silva has missed a few matches recently and the Spanish star may be afforded game time here, making the price of 15/2 (8.50) to score first, while the same firm offer 2/1 (3.0) that the 32-year-old midfielder scores against Johnson's side.

Home Heroes?

Bobby Reid is Bristol City's top scorer this season and the midfielder, who opened the scoring from the spot in the first leg, is chalked up as a 10/1 (11.0) chance to repeat the feat on this occasion or 13/5 (3.60) to find the net at any time.

Korey Smith grabbed a dramatic late winner against Manchester United in the quarter-final last month and the former Oldham Athletic man is a 40/1 (41.0) chance to score last here, whilst Joe Bryan scored the opening goal of that victory against Jose Mourinho's men and is offered at 33/1 (34.0) to score first here.

Tips and predictions

The men from Manchester may well shuffle their pack, but backing Silva to score at any time at 2/1 (3.0) could well represent good value for punters ahead of Tuesday's tussle.

David Silva to score at any time at 2/1 (3.0) for a 1pt stake with dabblebet