Responsible for the elimination of Manchester United from the League Cup of England, Bristol City face Manchester City on Tuesday, January 9, at the opening of the 2017/2018 version of the competition. At Ethirad Stadium, the game is scheduled to start at 17:45.
The dispute system of this stage is different from the others, which were decided in a single match. Now round-trip games will be played. The second meeting is scheduled for January 23 in Bristol.
The recent performance of Manchester City
City is still in contention for the four competitions in which it is involved. On Saturday, January 6, he made his Premier League debut. He had a little more trouble than expected at Manchester United’s game against Burnley. It came at a disadvantage in the marker, but turned the game in the second half and ended up thrashing 4-1 to secure their place in the Round of 16.
In the Champions League of Europe, he secured his qualification to the round of 16. Now, they will face Basel in Switzerland in round-trip matches. The first game will be in February. The situation is even better in the English Championship. With 62 points (20 wins and two draws), they are 15 points clear of United, who are in second place.
In the League Cup, the Manchester Blues also had the right to debut in the third stage. They passed West Bromwich by 2 to 1, in the house of the rival. It was City’s only win in the tournament. At home, the Blues went 0-0 with Wolves both in regulation time and overtime. They only advanced by winning the decision on penalties.
In the quarterfinals, new drama. City defeated Leicester 1-0 in the opponents’ opener until the final seconds. Took the draw in the extras. After equality without goals in the extension, it took again the better in the decision by penalties.
Injured, the Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (18 games in the English Championship 2017/2018, eight goals), follows from outside. As well as defenders Vicent Kompany (nine games, scoreless) and Benjamim Mendy (four games, no goal); and midfielder Phil Foden (a game, no goal). Of that group, according to information from the English press, only Kompany has chances of being released for the departure of this Tuesday.
The current form of Bristol City
Bristol has already made its mark in the current competition. In the quarterfinals, at home, they eliminated powerful Manchester United by scoring 2-1. It was their fifth consecutive win in the competition, four of which were against First Division teams.
The initial victim was Plymouth, who took 5 to 0 at Bristol. Watford then opened the Premier League knockdowns list. Lost by 3 to 2 in his stadium. In the third round, Bristol, in their dominions, scored 2-0 at Stoke. Then, once again at home, the team thrashed Crystal Palace by 4 to 1.
On Saturday, January 6, however, Bristol hit a three-game losing streak with Watford’s 3-0 lead. This time the game was worth the English Cup and took the team from the trophy for the oldest club tournament in the world.
Before, the losses were for the Championship, the Second Division of the English Championship. As a visitor, it took 5 to 0 of Aston Villa. At home, lost to Wolves by 2 to 1. Parked in the 47 points (13 wins, eight draws and five losses), he fell to fourth place.
The tournament only gives the first two a direct spot in the First Division. The vice-leader is in the hands of the Derby, which has two more points. Whoever completes the 46 rounds between the third and sixth place still gets the opportunity to play a third place in the recap. In this fight, Bristol have five points ahead of Sheffield United, seventh place.
History of the bouts between Manchester City and Bristol City
The teams met once in 2007 for the FA Cup. Manchester, as a visitor, won by 2-1.
Although Bristol’s campaign in the League Cup is far superior to what Manchester City has shown so far in the tournament, the blues are favorites for Tuesday’s showdown. They have a price of 1.13 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 8.00. Success of visitors multiplies the investment by 20.00.