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Mahrez to star for holders

Mahrez to star for holders

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Riyad Mahrez can keep Manchester City on course for the quadruple by scoring for Pep Guardiola’s side against Leicester City, who he left in July, in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Mahrez to score the first goal @ 5/1

The 27-year-old Algerian, who played a key role in the Foxes’ unbelievable 2015/16 Premier League title triumph, has fitted in well at Manchester City and has already scored seven goals this season, including one in the 3-0 Carabao Cup victory at Oxford United in September.

Claude Puel’s team, who also host Manchester City on Boxing Day, have taken only one point from their last three matches and have scored just once in that time.

They edged past Southampton on penalties after a goalless draw at King Power Stadium in the last round but do not appear to have the armoury to trouble Guardiola’s imperious team, who are 13/2 to win the last-eight clash 2-0.

Middlesbrough to win 1-0 @ 6/1

Middlesbrough, who won this competition in the 2003/04 campaign when they beat Bolton 2-1 in the final, have a great opportunity to reach the semi-finals this term as they face League One side Burton Albion at the Riverside Stadium.

The Brewers were relegated from the Championship last term when they lost 2-0 to Boro on Teesside before drawing 1-1 at their own Pirelli Stadium in April.

Nigel Clough’s side are enduring an indifferent campaign in League One and Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Fleetwood Town left them 15th in the table.

They have saved their best displays for the Carabao Cup and have already knocked out Shrewsbury Town, Aston Villa, Burnley and Nottingham Forest.

However, it may be asking too much of Albion to cause another shock on Tuesday although they can make it difficult for Tony Pulis’ outfit who have picked up only two points from their last four Championship fixtures.

A draw at half time and Boro to win after 90 minutes is available at 57/20.

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