The first Carabao Cup semi-final hangs in the balance, with Burton needing just a 10-0 win to turn around this tie…
Yeah, ok, there’s not much at stake with in this one, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to punting. City didn’t even have a full-strength team out in the first leg and toyed with their League One opponents in a performance that had the internet crying “stop, they’re already dead” before half time.
Now Nigel Clough’s side have to go through the motions in the second leg, and while you’d think they might find some motivation from saving face with a creditable performance at home, it looked like Guardiola’s side were playing a different sport when they met two weeks ago.
There’s no doubt they can pile up goals if they’re in the mood, so City -2 appeals at 10/11.
PSG are back to winning ways after being dumped out of the Coupe de Ligue a fortnight ago against Guingamp. So peeved were the Parisians at the end of their 43-game unbeaten run in domestic competitions that they matched City’s nine-goal tally against their cup conquerors when they met again in Ligue 1 at the weekend.
Mbappe and Cavani both netted hat-tricks, while Neymar was left to pout on just two goals as the bottom team in the league were taught a lesson by their billionaire betters from the capital.
It won’t be as easy against Strasbourg.
Currently fifth in the league, the Alsatian side have shown plenty of bite (ho-ho) this season, and scrapped for a 1-1 draw when they welcomed Thomas Tuchel’s side to the Stade de la Meinau earlier in the season.
They’ve also won their last five games in a row, and accounted for both Lyon and Marseille in the French League Cup earlier in the season, so they have some cup form going for them ahead of this tough assignment.
You’d still expect PSG to take care of them at the Parc des Princes, but the away side temot on the alternative handicap of +3 at 4/6 given their form.
This time last year Sevilla were getting ready to take care of Man United in the Champions League last 16, but they’ve to make do with the Copa del Rey and a shot at Barcelona now having only made it into the Europa League this campaign.
Four wins, four draws and four losses in their last twelve wouldn’t fill you with confidence that they can turn over Barca though, and three defeats on the bounce without scoring a goal are even less encouraging coming into the first leg of this.
Meanwhile, Barca are have been reinforced by, err, Kevin-Prince Boateng since leaving Leganes in their wake at the weekend.
It did take a Leo Messi’s emergence from the bench to lift them to that 3-1 win, and he’ll be rested tonight. Ousmane Dembele was injured as well and will miss the next few weeks. He’s a loss given some of his displays this season despite the effect late night video game sessions are having on his training attendance.
Still, the Catalans are in decent form, winning 10 of their last 12, their only defeat coming in a shock 1-0 away reversal to Levante in the first leg of their previous Copa tie – they’d beaten the same team 5-0 away just weeks before. Phillipe Coutinho should be relishing this chance to lead the line, and they should be able to grind out a first leg advantage here at 4/5.
*All prices correct at time of posting