Bristol City and Manchester City renew their rivalry in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Tuesday and we are all hoping for another thrilling encounter.
The Robins produced one of the performances of the season at the Etihad before being narrowly edged out 2-1 by a last-minute strike from Sergio Aguero.
Since then, Lee Johnson’s men have continued a difficult run, not winning in their last six in all competitions, dropping to fifth in the Championship and being eliminated from the FA Cup.
It is perhaps no surprise when you consider their players have probably had one eye on Wembley and there is no doubt they will see this as a shot to nothing.
The home side are a sizable 11/1 and this could prove to be a super price when you consider they have already beaten Manchester United at home in this competition.
In fact, Johnson’s side have also seen off Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace and this will fuel what is sure to be a magnificent atmosphere at Ashton Gate.
The Robins will be aiming to feed off the crowd and there is no doubt they will set out to attack the Citizens like they did in the first leg.
City have lost their domestic unbeaten run since the opening game and are in the midst of somewhat of an injury crisis, especially in defence.
The EFL Cup could provide the first leg of a potential domestic and European quadruple for the Citizens and with the Premier League all but wrapped-up, Pep Guardiola is likely to field a strong side in the south west, especially with the FA Cup to come at the weekend.
Guardiola will have been alarmed by how easily his side were opened up at times by the Robins, with the pace of Bobby Reid causing a number of issues.
However, there is no doubt his side have plenty of attacking prowess themselves and the aforementioned Aguero has established himself as the Citizens’ main man again in recent weeks.
A hat-trick on Saturday marked his seventh goal in five outings and he will be relishing his contest with a back four which can be exposed by pace.
It looks set to be an open and expansive game at Ashton Gate and there would be no surprise if another City win with both to score occurs at 8/5, while a repeat 2-1 win for the Citizens also tempts at 35/4.