Which clubs will meet in an all-Premier League final at Wembley?
Manchester City to win and both teams to score
Manchester United v Manchester City
Manchester United won the recent league game between the sides at the Etihad but I expect holders Manchester City to take a lead into the second leg later in the month.
With Marcus Rashford on the bench and Anthony Martial missing the game through illness, United failed to have a shot on target in their goalless draw with Wolves in the FA Cup at the weekend. They will improve back at Old Trafford but, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay missing through injury, United do not have the quality in midfield that their neighbours do.
City made serene progress in the FA Cup with a facile win over Port Vale on Saturday and I expect Pep Guardiola’s side take a lead back to the Etihad in the second leg.
Leicester -1 on the handicap
Leicester City v Aston Villa
Leicester may not have been at their very best against Wigan in the FA Cup at the weekend, but they have won their last three in all competitions and bounced back well from the heavy defeats they took at the hands of Manchester City and Liverpool over the Festive period.
Villa also rotated their squad at Fulham at the weekend, but they lost 2-1 at Craven Cottage and a relegation fight awaits Dean Smith’s side in the second half of the season. Jack Grealish inspired a much-needed win at Turf Moor in Villa’s last league game and the skipper will be back in the starting XI for the trip to the King Power.
Leicester have had an excellent season to date, and I do believe a place in a Wembley final awaits Brendan Rodgers’ side. Jamie Vardy is likely to be back after missing the last three games and the Foxes won the league game between the sides at Villa Park 4-1 last month. I expect Leicester to take a lead to Villa Park for the second leg.