Manchester City are big favourites to beat a Southampton side that are not doing so well in the Premier League and may be much changed for the trip to the Etihad Stadium.
If this were a Premier League game the chance of Manchester City keeping a clean sheet would probably be higher. But with an experimental City back line Southampton may be able to get at least one goal.
MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Manchester City did not score many goals on the way to winning the League Cup last season (until the 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion) and although the home side should win this, they may not post a high score.
TOTAL GOALS UNDER 3.5
However this game goes in the end it is likely that Manchester City will start the brighter at home – and should be in front when the whistle goes for half time.
MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN FIRST HALF
Head to Head
Manchester City have completely dominated games between these two sides in recent years – and scored a lot of goals in the process. But the last time they met in the League Cup – 20 years ago – it was Southampton who ended up victorious.
Manchester City to win
This one may be closer than many people are predicting – but Manchester City should still make it through to the quarter finals for the third time in a row.
Darren Williamson is an experienced soccer writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European soccer, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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