It’s the semi-finals of the EFL Cup this week and we have two cracking matches in prospect. First up, Brentford look to knock out a Premier League side for the 5th time this season when they take on Spurs, and the giants of Manchester collide in what should be a powder-keg clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to preview both matches and provide his best bets ahead of two big nights of football.
Tottenham to win and both teams to score
Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford 3-1
EFL Cup giant-killers, Brentford look to continue their fantastic cup run against a Spurs side that are desperate to land some silverware.
For the Bees, it’s no doubt their biggest challenge in the competition to date, but one I’m sure the players will be relishing.
We all know that Jose Mourinho holds the EFL Cup in high regard. With that in mind, I’m in no doubt that Tottenham will line up here with a full strength side.
Brentford have defeated Newcastle, Fulham, West Brom and Southampton en route to the semis. However, with the quality in the Tottenham ranks, I can only see the Premier League progressing in what should be an enjoyable encounter.
Manchester United to progress through to final
Manchester United v Manchester City 2-1
Both Manchester sides are in excellent form ahead of this semi-final clash. Manchester City have been steadily improving week-on-week and their progress continued at the weekend, playing some of their best stuff when defeating Chelsea 3-1.
Having climbed to 2nd position in the Premier League, Manchester United come into this undefeated in their last 7 matches. Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is aiming for silverware, however, for that to happen his side must end City’s recent dominance in this competition.
Interestingly, City have failed to score in their last 4 visits to Old Trafford. United should line up with the same side that defeated Aston Villa at the weekend with Dean Henderson the only exception in goal.
With both sides in such good form, it’s no doubt going to be a tight match. That said, Manchester United have tremendous momentum. I think they’ll have just enough against a City side who may be slightly understrength on the night.