City class to pay dividends again

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City look good value to win both halves against Burton at even money, while goals may well be in short supply when Chelsea host Spurs in the Carabao Cup this week.

Burton v Manchester City (Wed, 1945)

With City 9-0 up from the first leg, both sides will surely make wholesale changes, resting their key men for the priorities ahead.

The waters are muddied somewhat by City’s under-21s having a game on Tuesday but boss Pep Guardiola says “some” will play with the first team.

Man City to win both halves @ evens

Working on the theory that the English champions’ academy players are considerably better than Burton’s second string, the visitors should again prove too good.

You can get even money about City winning both halves which looks good enough.

Based on Guardiola’s previous cup line-ups and that fixture issue, there looks sure to be a smattering of senior talent in the City line-up.

In addition to the first leg, they’ve already won both halves against Oxford and Fulham in this competition this season, while Rotherham went the same way in the FA Cup as they were crushed 7-0.

Chelsea v Tottenham (Thu, 1945)

The problems are piling up for Spurs, who lead 1-0 from the first leg.

Of those who played at Wembley, Harry Kane (ankle injury), Heung-min Son (international duty) and Moussa Sissoko (groin) are all out, while Dele Alli (hamstring) looks doubtful after limping out of Sunday’s win at Fulham. At least Lucas Moura looks set to return.

Chelsea were poor as they lost 2-0 at Arsenal at the weekend, earning themselves a public rebuke from boss Maurizio Sarri over their lack of motivation. However, Sarri usually gets a reaction out his players – every time Chelsea have lost this season, they’ve won the next game.

They are 4/7 for victory here, although maybe 20/21 about them reaching the final is the better bet. The away-goals rule has been removed this season, while it will be straight to penalties (no extra time) if Chelsea win by a single goal.

Under 2.5 goals @ 20/23

Under 2.5 goals is more tempting though at 20/23. Seven of Chelsea’s last nine games have had two goals or fewer, plus seven of their last eight domestic home matches.

Two of Spurs’ last three also meet the criteria (it would have all been three but for Harry Winks’ last-gasp goal on Sunday) and with defence currently their strong suit given the absentees, the visitors could well prioritise holding onto their lead.

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