It’s the Football League Cup third round, known as the Carabao Cup, as Oxford host Manchester City at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night, kicking off at 7:45pm local time. It’s a cup game that those Oxford United fans would have been waiting for, as they welcome the big star names of the Premier League champions.

Last season, Manchester City were knocked out of the FA Cup by a League One side, so could lightening possibly strike twice?

Home Team: Oxford United

Oxford United’s domestic form has been meagre this season to be put kindly. They sit in 23rd position in League One, having only registered one win from their opening 9 matches in the league, which was now over a month ago. Their only other wins have come in the League Cup, defeating Coventry and Newport in rounds one and two respectively, scoring five goals without no reply in both matches.

Their expectations of progressing into the next round of the League Cup will be non-existent, but those fans will just relish the opportunity of playing the best team in the country. It promises to be a big night in the history of Oxford United.

Away Team: Manchester City

manchester city fc betting footballDue to involvement in European football, Manchester City have the privilege to enter in the 3rd round of the competition. Let’s not forget, Manchester City are holders of the trophy too, as they cruised to cup success last season, beating Arsenal comfortably in the final 3-0.

Manchester City will have hopes to win the quadruple this season, so they must focus on all competitions they are competing in. They will be expected to rest some players, but will field out a team strong enough to get the job done in this encounter. Manchester City will be playing on the back of a 5-0 win at Cardiff City at the weekend, which was the perfect response to their shambolic performance against Lyon prior to that.

Manchester City will be favourites to win the trophy again, and many expect this to be a routine 3rd round win against League One strugglers Oxford United.

Head to Head

This will be the first meeting in over 20 years between the two sides, which was back in January 1998. The victors that day? Well, Oxford won comfortably 2-0 at Maine Road, Manchester City’s old stomping block. How things have changed in football eh? The two sides were in the second tier of English football in the 1997/1998 season and Manchester City had failed to score in both games against Oxford United that campaign, with the other score line being 0-0.

In overall history, the sides have played each other 13 times, with Manchester City winning 6 to Oxford United’s 5. This will be the first time they have played in the League Cup.

Oxford United vs Manchester City Predictions and Betting Tips

Oxford are at 19/1 to get the win in 90 minutes tonight, with Manchester City at 1/9. A draw is priced at 8/1. Don’t forget that the game can go into extra time and penalties, so if you want to bet on who will qualify, Manchester City are at 1/16 and Oxford at 7/1. Manchester City will still be able to provide a strong team, and they will have enough to win comfortably on Tuesday evening.

For handicap betting, if you bet on Manchester City to win on -2, then you can improve your earnings as the odds are at 8/11. Manchester City scored 5 goals at the weekend at Cardiff, and for them to repeat that feat is priced at a generous 5/2.

Anything can happen in these cup games though, so if you want to back a surprise, bet on Oxford to get the first goal, but for Manchester City to come out victorious – you can get odds of about 8/1 for that prediction.

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