Bristol City v Man City Betting Tips – 23rd January 2018
Nobody gives praise quite like Pep Guardiola.
Most Premier League managers would tell an opposition player that they rate them in a quiet moment away from the cameras. Not Guardiola. He praised Nathan Redmond by screaming in the Southampton winger’s face on the Etihad pitch.
Guardiola was up to his old tricks after Man City’s 2-1 win over Bristol City in the Carabao Cup semi-final. He cornered Lee Johnson at the final whistle and in typically forthright style told the Bristol City manager that his team had performed better than most Premier League visitors to the Etihad.
With two teams and managers who share a common footballing philosophy, a well balanced tie and a place in the Carabao Cup final at stake, Tuesday’s second leg tie should be another entertaining match.
City are considering sending players to Bristol City on loan after Pep Guardiola was impressed by the way they played in the Carabao Cup. City send players abroad to Girona and NAC, but are pleased to have found an English side who share their football philosophy [Daily Mail] pic.twitter.com/kOvMzDgUKX— City Watch (@City_Watch) January 21, 2018
Man City’s Quality to Tell Once Again
Although Bristol City won plenty of fans for the way they approached the first leg in Manchester, they ultimately fell short. Man City came back from conceding a first half Bobby Reid penalty to win the match 2-1 courtesy of a 93rd minute Sergio Aguero winner.
You can be sure that Bristol City will give it their all once again on Tuesday.
Not only will Ashton Gate be packed with passionate Robins fans, they’ll have a certain amount of confidence having seen their team beat Man Utd in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Johnson’s men will approach the return leg in the same positive approach as the first which should ensure they get chances. We think they’ll take at least one of them to make the match interesting but that Man City’s quality will tell in the end.
So, rather than backing the away side at heavy odds on, take the 19/10 that Boylesports are quoting on Man City winning the match and both teams scoring.
Entertaining Match to End in Comfortable Qualification for Guardiola’s Men
Liverpool’s recent 4-3 victory over Man City showed that Pep Guardiola’s team aren’t infallible. It also showed that the most effective way of coping with their huge attacking threat might well be by aggressively pressing them high up the pitch.
That was, by and large, the way that Bristol City tackled the first leg. They were understandably wary about Man City’s quality in attacking positions but that didn’t stop them from being adventurous by trying to win the ball high up the pitch.
While similar tactics could pay some dividends for the Robins on Tuesday it does leave them open to counterattacks. Any time Guardiola’s side get time on the ball it spells trouble for the opposition and for that reason we like the look of the 7/5 that Marathonbet are quoting on over 3.5 goals.
A riskier but potentially lucrative option is the Man City 3-1 correct score at 21/2 with BetVictor.
Big Stars to Make All the Difference
Guardiola’s plan ahead of the first leg was to put the tie beyond doubt in order to rest his key players for the return at Ashton Gate. It didn’t work out and Guardiola will now play a near full strength team before making changes for the weekend’s FA Cup tie against Cardiff.
A strong Man City team will likely include Sergio Aguero. The Argentine scored a hat-trick against Newcastle on Saturday and should score against Bristol City at 8/13 with Coral.
Bernardo Silva, who has scored two in his last four appearances, is another good bet to score anytime at 15/8 with 888Sport.