Etihad Stadium (Manchester City, England)
Manchester City host Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the English League Cup. It’s another chance for the modest club to show their best side. Can the visitors surprise the clear favourites?
Manchester City start their English League Cup campaign in the third round. As for the form of Pep Guardiola’s charges, the Citizens failed to extend their winning streak in all competitions to five matches last week. Man City failed to outplay Southampton at home, with the game ending 0-0. Notably, Guardiola’s side managed only one shot on target. Manchester City sit fifth in the Premier League.
In the first round of the English League Cup, Wycombe Wanderers played away against Exeter. They were defeated on penalties. Wycombe’s next opponent in the tournament was Stevenage. The main time of the meeting ended with the score of 2-2. Wycombe Wanderers again achieved a positive result thanks to the best implementation in the penalty shoot-out. This season, the team is playing in the first English league. Last week, the club managed to get back on the winning track, with Wycombe beating Charlton Athletic 2-1 at home. The team sits in fifth place in the standings.
History of head-to-head encounters
Manchester City and Wycombe Wanderers have played four friendlies in their history. In 1995-96, the first encounter was a 0-0 draw in the English League Cup. Man City thrashed their opponents 4-0 on home soil. Then the clubs met in the first English league in the 1998-99 season. In the first round, Wycombe beat their opponents with a minimum 1-0 win. Then the club outplayed the Citizens 2-1 away.
Expert Betting Tips
Manchester City begin their title defence with a third-round start. Man City failed in their attacking phase last week and took only one shot on goal against Southampton. Naturally, Guardiola will conclude and make specific changes to the squad, given that the upcoming game will be a cup game. Even with a significant rotation in the team, Manchester City remain clear favourites for the upcoming game. In recent matches involving Manchester City and Wycombe Wanderers, a lot of corner kicks have been taken. The Citizens are averaging 7.22 corners per match in the current campaign, while the visitors average 6.56. I propose to bet on corners for the upcoming meeting. Wycombe players have nothing to lose. The game at the Etihad against such a strong opponent will be an excellent motivation for the representatives of a modest club. I expect the visitors to be able to create some problems for the hosts. We can consider Total Over goals, and both teams will score.
- Total Over (10.5) corner kicks for 1.94;
- Total Over (4) goals for 2.06;
- Both Teams To Score - yes for 1.86.