The City Of Bristol Can Score Against The City Of Manchester
Bristol City have already knocked out one of the Manchester giants from the EFL Cup and tonight they embark on trying to eliminate the other with the away leg of their semi-final tie with City. On first glance it’s a no-brainer that the outcome will be a convincing home win but there is evidence to suggest this actually could be a tight encounter that Bristol City may not lose by a cricket score. The Manchester club and champions-elect average almost four goals at home in the league but the visitors can restrict the margin of defeat to less than two goals tonight. Bristol City have beaten more Premier League clubs than West Brom this season.
The key to this fixture is the quality of Man City’s starting 11. Pep Guardiola has become respectful of English football but he would probably swap 10 League Cups for one Premier League or Champions League. The coach does have history of sending out weakened teams in certain circumstances and a two-legged tie is one of those. You would fancy his first string to overturn a defeat in the second leg and a draw tonight would not be the worst result in the world. Bristol City have already dispatched four Premier League clubs in the EFL Cup and have scored in all of their last 11 matches in the competition. The best way to benefit from an unexpectedly close match is to back BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at 23/20 with William Hill.
The cold weather has not relented but Taunton passed an inspection and Doncaster seems safe. It would be ironic if the All Weather fixture at Southwell was lost but it looks like there will be a full programme of racing today but the sport is typical Tuesday fare. There might not even be one man and a dog at the tracks in person. Amongst a lot of average racing the listed mares’ chase at Doncaster (2pm) stands out like a beacon. You can double your money by backing Rene’s Girl at Evens and the horse is best at the weights. However, TWENTY EIGHT GUNS has decent form on soft going and is a more speculative bet at 13/2.