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Betrescue’s Chris Hutcheon previews Tuesday night’s re-arranged Carling Cup Semi Final first leg at Eastlands as Manchester City host Manchester United
Following the recent FA Cup reverse against old adversaries Leeds, Sir Alex Ferguson will probably opt for a strong line-up as he takes his Manchester United side across the city for the Carling Cup Semi-final first leg at neighbours Manchester City.
United remain favourites for League Cup glory in some places, although they are as high as 15/8 with Ladbrokes and City’s strength at home means that it’s Roberto Mancini’s men at 6/4 (Betfred) that are expected to take an advantage back to Old Trafford while the visitors are Victor Chandler’s 15/8 outsiders.
Paddy Power’s 23/10 chalked against an Eastlands stalemate is sure to be popular and in a clash that looks set to produce fewer than three goals (5/6, Totesport), a decent case can be made for 888Sport’s 6/1 chalked against a 1-1 scoreline.
It’s certainly a tough-to-call encounter and it may be worth swerving the match odds and backing outcomes relating to a tight affair. Bet365 for example, offer 11/10 for the clash to be level at the break, more specifically, it’s 15/8 (William Hill) for the game to be goalless at the interval and Stan James offer even money for the opening goal to be scored after the 28th minute.
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