Kick-off: 1945, 18/12/2019
Stadium: Kassam Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester City are expected to march on towards a third straight EFL Cup triumph when visiting League One Oxford in this season’s quarter-finals.
The Blues beat United 3-0 at Kassam Stadium in the third round last term, en route to lifting the trophy for the fourth time in six renewals.
Punters can get 15/2 for a repeat of that scoreline and that is our initial Oxford vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Oxford United’s Betting Odds
Oxford are just outside the League One play-off places after going down 1-0 at MK Dons on Saturday.
To be fair, that was the U’s first loss in 19 games in all competitions and they can boast a superb 4-0 win over West Ham in this tournament.
Manuel Pellegrini played plenty of senior figures that day but that performance could come back to haunt United here as they now lack an element of surprise.
Peterborough, Millwall and Sunderland were other decent scalps, while the hosts have also come through a couple of FA Cup rounds against moderate opposition.
We’re struggling to get past a run of three games without a goal, though, which included a 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury at this venue.
Key midfielder Cameron Brannagan, a former Liverpool trainee, only came back from injury over the weekend and may still lack match sharpness.
Looking at the Oxford vs Man City odds, there is plenty of appeal in Evens for an away win to nil.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Pep Guardiola has never been afraid to field strong teams in this event and we can see no reason for him to buck that trend now.
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were on target in a 3-0 triumph at Preston in round three, while Sergio Aguero then bagged a brace in a 3-1 defeat of Southampton.
Guardiola will no doubt rest some stars, with this game coming in between Sunday’s 3-0 Premier League win at Arsenal and Saturday’s big game against Leicester.
However, a quick look down the team-sheet for last week’s 4-1 Champions League triumph at Dinamo Zagreb, when City had nothing at stake, highlights their strength in depth.
“We didn’t play for points, we played for ourselves” declared Guardiola after that trip to Croatia.
A strong hunger and desire within this squad to keep collecting more and more silverware is there for all to see.
The Blues were ahead inside two minutes on Sunday and 17/10 they lead after a quarter of an hour here is added to our Oxford vs Man City betting tips.
MK Dons 1-0 OXFORD
Arsenal 0-3 MAN CITY – Kevin De Bruyne (2), Raheem Sterling
Head-to-head: Oxford 0-3 Man City
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