Citizens to claim Ashton Gate thriller


Bristol City and their Manchester namesakes played out a brilliant first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final and are sure to provide more entertainment in Tuesday’s return clash.

Bobby Reid opened the scoring for the Robins at the Etihad, before Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne equalised around the hour and Sergio Aguero scored a last-minute winner.

It was a thrilling encounter and the crowd at Ashton Gate are sure to produce another cauldron of noise, much like they did for the quarter-final win over Manchester United.

The Red Devils were the fourth Premier League side Lee Johnson’s men have beaten in their run to the last four, having also made it past Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace.

Therefore, it is perhaps a surprise that they are still 11/1 to triumph in 90 minutes on Tuesday.

They are on a poor run of form though, failing to win in their last six in all competitions but there is a feeling they have subconsciously switched off due to having one eye on the EFL Cup.

City are the massive favourites to go through and bounced back from losing their unbeaten domestic record against Liverpool by beating Newcastle on Saturday.

Their first leg win over the Robins was part of a string of games has seen them forced to grind out performances, having dazzled during the opening months of the campaign.

With their Championship opponents likely to come hard out of the blocks on Tuesday, it promises to be an open and entertaining encounter in the south west.

Goals seem guaranteed when you consider neither defence has been particularly secure in recent weeks so look out for over 3.5 at 5/4.

Heartbreak beckons for Johnson’s men though, and this should end in an away win and both to score at 8/5.

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