Manchester United vs. Hull / EFL Cup – In England this week on the program, we have the first semi-final matches of the League Cup, and the first of these brings us two teams that are currently in a completely different form in the championship, while only a few days ago, both team ensured routine placement in the fourth round of the FA Cup. However, in the Premiership the sixth ranked Manchester United managed to record six wins in a row after a long time and now they has only five points less than the second Liverpool, while on the other team Hull after the latest series of four defeats and one draw dropped to the bottom of the table. In addition, “Red Devils” celebrated as guests with 1-0 in their mutual duel at the start of the season, while there were no goals last year at this same stadium, but the hosts were convincing at Old Trafford and they made a triumph of 3-0 .Begins: 10.01.2017. – 21:00 CET
Of course that all these above mentioned facts suggest that Mourinho's players should not have any major problems in this semi-final League Cup match, especially because placement in the grand final at Wembley should probably bring another clash with bitter rivals Liverpool, who are otherwise in the second semi-final match meeting with Southampton. However, United should in no case should underestimate the team of Hull, because they certainly see their historical chance in this competition, so this psychological preparation for such a duel.
Especially because they are in a great series of eight consecutive victories, including six in the championship and they made one in the Europa League and the FA Cup, where they are only three days ago at Old Trafford with a convincing 4-0 win over the second Reading . Otherwise, in that match Mourinho has managed to rest a few regulars, but they will now certainly get a chance against Hull, except of course the injured defenders Roja and Shaw, and Bailly, who is on the African Cup of Nations.
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Darmian – Pogba, Herrera – Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Lingard – Ibrahimovic
Unlike United, which is in a great rush in the Premiership, after the last series of six defeats and three draws, the team of Hull for the first time this season fell to the bottom of the table, provided that they at the moment have three points less than 17th Crystal Palace. So it is no surprise, that the leading people of the club during the last week fired the experienced coach Mike Phelan, and hired 39-year-old Portuguese expert Marc Silva, who is otherwise in the last two seasons on the bench led Sporting Lisbon, and then Greek champions Olympiakos.
And it was a good move for the team of Hull which is best confirmed by their recent match in the framework of the third round of the FA Cup, where this team led by Silva managed to overcome Swansea at home with 2-0. However, now all their thoughts are now fully focused on this first duel in the semi-finals of the League Cup, which they had won after eliminating the team of Stoke and two second division teams, Bristol City and Newcastle. We should also say that da Silva is currently has major problems with the composition, because goalkeeper McGregor, defenders Dawson, Odubajo and Bruce and striker Keane are all out of action due to injuries, while midfielder Elmohamady and striker Mbokani went to the African Cup of Nations.
Probable lineups Hull: Marshall – Maguire, Livermore, Davies – Clucas, Mason, Huddlestone, Meyler, Robertson – Snodgrass – Hernandez
Manchester United vs. Hull PICK
Although they only three days ago under the guidance of new coach finally came to one victory, in the FA Cup, the team of Hull will hardly manage to do something similar again in the League Cup against Manchester United speeding, which is why we in this first semi-final match expect another safe victory of Mourinho's players.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1.5 Manchester United
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