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Manchester City vs. Southampton: Cup holders to progress to quarter-finals with relative ease



Southampton travel to Etihad Stadium this evening in a bid to dethrone the current Carabao Cup champions Manchester City.

The two sides head into the fixture in extremely different form, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men undoubtedly lacking in confidence for their trip to Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Saints are currently available at 22/1 to return home victorious. City are unsurprisingly 1/10 to win in front of their home fans.

It’s 9/1 for the 90 minutes to end in a draw.

The Round of 16 tie sees the two Premier League sides come together for the first time this season. But the league fixture arrives just four days later, when Southampton will once again go to the blue half of Manchester, this time with three points up for grabs.

City then face Atalanta, Liverpool, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and Newcastle in what will be a hectic November for Guardiola’s men.

They look set then to name a weakened but no less talented XI for the visit of Southampton in the EFL Cup.

Both sides enter the tie having comfortably seen off lower league opposition, with Man City beating Championship outfit Preston 3-0.

Southampton meanwhile have had to make it past two clubs from below the Premier League. They edged past Championship Fulham 1-0 before beating League One Portsmouth 4-0.

The hosts and the visitors have therefore both kept clean sheets in the previous rounds. It’s 22/1 for both to keep another one and finish the game in a goalless draw.

Southampton striker Danny Ings shone brightest in that 4-0 win over Pompey, scoring twice in the first 45 minutes. The former Liverpool man is 20/1 to score the opener on Tuesday night.

For City, the competition has provided Guardiola with a chance to play some of his younger, up and coming stars. Youngsters Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Eric Garcia made their way into the starting lineup for the win over Preston.

But it was the senior players who stood up in front of goal.

Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling were on target that night, along with an own goal from Preston’s Ryan Ledson. The England international is 7/2 to score the first goal of the evening once again, with the Brazil striker available at 11/4 to do the same.

City are 11/2 to romp home to another 3-0 victory.

Southampton and both teams to score can be backed at 33/1, with City 5/4 to once again wrap up the tie early on by scoring 2+ in the first 45 minutes.

The Saints are a massive 50/1 to win from behind in Manchester, and an even bigger 100/1 to win both halves.

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