We may have just been treated to a fine weekend of Emirates FA Cup action, but now it’s the turn of the EFL Cup to take centre stage. Although we’re not expecting an upset when Hull City travel to Manchester United this evening – far from it, in fact.
To say the Red Devils are in a rich vein of form would be one of the biggest understatements of the season so far.
Eight consecutive wins in all competitions makes this their best run since 2009. And despite suffering a shaky start to the campaign, United are still well in the race for four major trophies this season.
And they’ve arguably been gifted the best possible draw for the EFL Cup semi-final, with Liverpool and Southampton being the other two remaining sides.
At 2/11, there’s simply no value in backing the home side to win this one in 90 minutes. So we’ve pulled out three of the best bets worth considering as Marco Silva takes his new side to Old Trafford for the first time since November 2014.
Man United to win to nil – 4/6
And that last visit to the Theatre of Dreams was just one of several hammerings the Tigers have faced over the years.
In fact, of their last 12 meetings, Hull have failed to score in eight while United have found the net a staggering 30 times.
No side in the Premier League has scored fewer than Hull this season. Coupled that with the fact that Mourinho’s men have conceded just two goals en route to the semis, and there’s only one way we can see this one going.
Rooney to score at any time – 19/20
Though it’s not been the England skipper’s most prolific year in front of goal, he’s widely expected to surpass Bobby Charlton as Man United’s all-time leading goalscorer tonight.
His strike against Reading at the weekend will give him the confidence to push on and set yet another record.
He couldn’t have asked for better opponents to do it against, either, having already netted seven goals in as many games against Hull.
It’s likely that Mourinho will opt against fielding his strongest side here, and that means ooney could play up-front in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence.
2nd half to produce the most goals – 10/11
Recent history suggests we can expect a flurry of goals after the interval at Old Trafford.
Of their last 29 strikes, 19 have come in the second-half, with a staggering 12 of those coming in the last 20 minutes.
Such is the contrasting form of these two sides, we’re expecting Hull to go all out in the first-half, meaning that the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford can, and probably will, find plenty of gaps and run riot late on.
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