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Foxes no match for Pep’s peerless wonders

Foxes no match for Pep’s peerless wonders

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The EFL Cup may be at the bottom of Pep Guardiola’s priorities but Manchester City are on such a high at the moment that they should be able to reach the semi-finals of the competition at the expense of Leicester City.

The Foxes had been on an outstanding run of form until they came unstuck on Saturday at home to Crystal Palace and they may struggle to bounce back from that setback.

Leicester have enjoyed some fine successes to reach this stage of the competition, knocking out Sheffield United, Liverpool and Leeds United, but City will be an entirely different proposition.

Manchester City won 2-0 at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League last month and a repeat of that scoreline looks good value at 27/4.

Guardiola’s team have won 17 of their 18 top-flight matches but have been less impressive in the League Cup, edging to a 2-1 win at West Brom and being held to a draw by Wolves before triumphing in a penalty shoot-out.

A Manchester City win and both teams to score can be backed at 33/20 while Ilkay Gundogan is 21/2 to score the first goal.

In Tuesday’s other quarter-final tie, Arsenal face West Ham less than a week after the two sides were involved in a goalless draw in the Premier League.

The Gunners have been very inconsistent on their travels but remain a tough nut to crack on home soil with only Manchester United stopping them from winning at the Emirates this season.

David Moyes has tightened up the Hammers defence considerably and they have kept three clean sheets in a row which has helped them move out of the relegation zone after taking seven points from the last nine on offer.

Arsene Wenger has used weakened teams in the competition and they have struggled to get past Doncaster and Norwich in previous rounds. A 1-0 win for Arsenal can be backed at 29/4 while the north London outfit are available at 13/10 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

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Mark Race

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