9th of January 2017 Author: Johnny Karp
In-form Manchester United are hoping to take a solid step towards the League Cup final when they host Hull City at Old Trafford on Tuesday in the first leg of the semi-final. Manchester United have won this season's Premier League fixture 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium in August, their eighth win out of the last nine meetings against the Tigers.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last fourteen meetings in all competitions, and they have won eleven of them. They are on an eight-match winning streak in all competitions and last week they defeated Reading 4-0 in the FA Cup. Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David De Gea and Antonio Valencia have been rested last weekend and they will be back in the first eleven for the League Cup semi-final. Marcos Rojo is the only injury concern for manager Jose Mourinho, while Eric Bailly is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Hull City started life under new manager Marco Silva with a 2-0 FA Cup victory over Swansea, but they will have a much tougher opponent to beat at Old Trafford. That result ended a seven-match winless streak for the Tigers, but their injury problems are still piling up. Moreover, Ahmed Elmohamady and Dieumerci Mbokani are now away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Michael Dawson picked up a knock during last week's FA Cup match and is a doubt for Tuesday's game.
Man United: DeGea - Valencia, Jones, Blind, Darmian - Pogba, Herrera - Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Rashford - Ibrahimovic
Hull: Marshall - Meyler, Livermore, Davies, Robertson - Snodgrass, Clucas, Huddlestone, Diomande - Henriksen - Hernandez
My prediction: Manchester United to win 3-0.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Man United win - 1.20
Draw - 7.50
Hull City win - 17.00
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Mourinho rested few of his first team starters in the FA cup tie against Readiing so they will be fresher now for the League Cup clash.
That game is probably important for United but let's not forget there's Liverpool clash coming up Sunday so it's worrying for the fitness of United players I think although Liverpool is a also involved in this tournament but they played significantly lower number of games because of the absence of European games.
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