Burton Albion vs Manchester City Preview
Carabao Cup, England
Date: Wednesday, 23rd January 2019
Kick off at 19:45 GMT
Venue: Pirelli Stadium, England
Winning 9-0 in the first leg, Manchester City looking set to advance into Carabao Cup final. However they must first play the second match up at Burton, which will try to give some entertainment for their home crowd.
Burton Albion v Man City Probable Lineups
Here are the possible line up for both teams as they go into the second leg of their Carabao Up match, scheduled for next Wednesday.
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Collins(gk); Bryaford, Buxton, Miller, Hutchinson(def);Wallace, Quinn, Templeton(mid); Akins, Boyce, Harness(att)
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Muric(g);Walker, Stones, Sandles, Zinchenko(def);David Silva, Bernando Silva, Foden(mid);Mahrez, Jesus, Sane(att).
Both teams have played several matches after in between their first meeting into, so lets check out their forms heading into the second leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal match.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DWLLD
After their heavy defeat to Man City, Burton are yet to win any of their two matches in League One. Nigel Clough’s side loss 3-2 at home against Gillingham, before drawing 2-2 against Doncanster in their last game before Wednesday return clash against City.
It’s interesting to see how will Brewers approach this midweek cup tie, whether they push for a win or just going through the motion.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWWW
In contrast, Man City themselves have been in an excellent form, winning all of their latest games. Pep Guardiola’s men were dominant against Wolverhamton Wanderers at home, defeating them 3-0 and beating Huddersfield Town with the same score line last weekend.
With this kind of form, Guardiola certainly doesn’t want his players to lose the positive momentum they are having and will still go for the win at Burton.
The home team will be mostly without Scott Fraser in midfield as he picked up a knock on their latest league fixture against Doncaster Rovers.
Clough is hoping that his players can produce a combative display in front of their home crowd and produce some kind of positive result against the mighty Man City.
Aside from Benjamin Mendy who is still recovering from his injury, City have plenty options to field including Kevin De Bruyne who might still want to get that full match fitness his been craving.
Nevertheless, with their massive advantage in the first leg, Guardiola most likely will be playing some of his trustworthy youngsters such as Phil Foden and Philippe Sandler.
Head to Head Records:
The first leg match which ended in a 9-0 win for Man City was actually both teams first encounter in any competition. So the second leg at Burton will just be their second match up, there’s not much historical facts that can be taken for their meeting.
Judging by the level of quality of both teams, this should be another victory for Guardiola’s men. Especially with if City are keeping their recent mindset of trying to win each and every games in front of them.
Burton will try their best to get something positive in front of their home crowd as that might also help them regaining some confidence they need in finishing their current season. Nevertheless, the visitor won’t just give away the match for any reason as they won’t want to lose their current winning run.
Final Score Prediction: 1-4