With a few hours to go before Bristol City take on Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final. Bristol is one of the lower division teams and has already proved themselves by getting rid of the 3 top-flight clubs in the EFL cup.
The team had an impressive win against the Crystal Palace in the last game with a 4-1 victory. They are now in the third position in the tournament and are riding on four consecutive wins. This is also the first time that the team of Lee Johnson will make a return to the English top flight after a gap of almost 40 years.
It will also be the first time that both the sides are meeting in the championship after 1980. Manchester United won the last game with a score of 4-0.
Manchester United are currently second in the Premier League behind rivals Manchester City with a gap of 11 points. The Carabao Cup will be a trophy that United will want to win once again.
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Jose Mourinho is expected to go for a number of changes to ensure that his team gives it best. Right-back Antonio Valencia is unlikely to take part on Wednesday after developing a hamstring injury against West Brom which they won by 2-1.
Midfielder Paul Pogba will be joining back after he was suspended. Another player to come back is Henrikh Mkhitaryan who was not included in 8 of the 9 squads. He also didn’t fly to West Brom for the Sunday game, but the 28-year-old was called back by Mourinho who thinks he will fit the team for taking on Bristol.
Marouane Fellani will also remain on the sidelines as he is still to recover from his knee injury. Other players to join the sideline are Michael Carrick and Eric Bailly.
Bristol City luckily is not dealing with any injured players and is ready with their full team. The team is expected to have the same players who contributed to the 2-1 win against the Notts Forest during the weekend.
We will be able to see a number of first-teamers like midfielder Callum O’Dowda, striker Famara Diedhiou, and defender Eros Pisano. Milan Djuric may also make the team who is currently recovering from a groin injury.
Some of the players who have remained off the field for a long time include Jens Jegeler, Gary O’Neil and Ivan Lucic.
Bristol City will be trying to line up the players who have made it the highest scoring team in the current championship with 14 goals scored in 4 games.
For now, we can expect the following players to take part in the quarter-final on Wednesday.
Blind, Darmian, Rojo, Lindelof
Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial
Magnusson, Wright, Baker, Flint Paterson
Smith, Brownhill, Bryan, Pack
We are in for some serious action and adrenaline rush when both the teams take to the field on Wednesday. The game will be held at Ashton Gate and kick-off from 8 pm.
Out of the last six quarterfinals played by Man UTD, they won four of them and reached the semi-finals. Bristol City, on the other hand, won both their prior quarter-final ties in the EFL Cup.
It is going to be a tough match and we have to see who goes through to the next stage of the championship!