Tottenham’s Heung-min Son and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne look the men to back in this week’s EFL Cup semi-final first legs.
Spurs dominated Chelsea when the sides met in the Premier League in November – their third win in their last five home meetings with the Blues.
Son scored that day, sparking a run of 10 goals in his last 13 games.
Despite the Asian Cup having begun, the 26-year-old remains available – he’ll head to the UAE late after Spurs agreed a deal with the Korean FA – and looks the man to back. The bet has delivered in seven of his last 10 games, including five of the last six.
With the likes of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane expected to be restored to the starting XI, Son should get chances to keep his fine run going.
Spurs also look good for a first-leg win. Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Willian are all injury doubts, leaving Chelsea heavily reliant on Eden Hazard in forward areas.
The Blues haven’t been at their best of late – failing to beat lowly Southampton in their last league game – and the hosts should be able to claim an advantage to take to Stamford Bridge.
In Wednesday’s first-leg, Manchester City welcome Burton to the Etihad.
City defeated Championship side Rotherham 7-0 on Sunday, so what will they do to League One opposition?
However, it should be remembered what happened last season when City drew Bristol City at this stage. They trailed in the first (home) leg and only scraped a 2-1 win thanks to a last-minute goal.
In fact, under Pep Guardiola, City have only won two of 10 EFL Cup ties by two or more goals. Both came this season – against Fulham and Oxford (who also play in League One). However, both of those sides are battling relegation.
Burton sit ninth, are unbeaten in four and have already taken out four higher-division sides in Aston Villa, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough.
Rather than backing a City stroll, the goalscorer market could offer better value with De Bruyne fit again after an injury-hit campaign and set to start.
De Bruyne has scored in two of his last four appearances, including at Leicester in the last round. Those goals add to the 12 he bagged last season (two in this tournament).
With competition in the City midfield having never been stiffer, expect an eye-catching display from last season’s star man.
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