EFL Semi Final: Man Utd V Hull
20:00 KO at Old Trafford. Available on Sky Sports One HD
This evening we visit the Theatre of Dreams for the 1st Leg of the League Cup Semi Final between Utd and the Tigers.
Mourinho’s men are in fine form of 8 straight wins and undefeated in 14 consecutive games. They recorded a 4 – 0 win against Reading in the FA Cup last venture out this past Saturday and their last cup game was their 4 – 1 demolition of West Ham with Zlatan bagging two goals; an early 2 minute lead and capping it off with a second injury time winner.
Mourinho has already hinted that Zlatan and Pogba will start and that Utd will NOT be distracted with their upcoming Sunday fixtures at home to Liverpool this weekend.
Mourinho has won the iconic 3 handed trophy no less than 3 times and is looking to equal the joint managerial record of Sir Alex Ferguson and legendary Nottingham City manager Brian Clough as the only other two managers to have won the League Cup four times.
According to an EFL pole Liverpool appear to be the people’s favourite with 48% of a 11,000 participant survey.
POLL: Who do you think will win the #EFLCup?
— EFL Cup (@EFLCup) November 30, 2016
The bookies odds might suggest otherwise with Man Utd favourites to lift the trophy @6/5, though you can currently get a best price of @5/4, with Liverpool @6/4 in what should be a closely finished affair.
Things aren’t looking great for Hull, prior to their FA Cup 2 – 0 victory over Swansea, Hull hadn’t had a 90 min win in 10 games. However Hull manager seems optimistic about the challenge ahead tonight and although he is under no illusions of the monumental task at hand, Hull are looking to build on their last win to Swansea and set the foundations for their home tie. Expect a defensive mentality with Hull looking for the draw and to see out the tie until the second leg where they play at home.
Speaking to the official Hull City website, manager Marco Silva said “Our players have a dream to play in the final of this competition. To do that, we have to play well.”
— Hull City (@HullCity) January 10, 2017