Nottingham Forest and Manchester United meet in the first-leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie on Wednesday. We’ve picked out a suggested #PickYourPunt bet builder, which pays at 11/1.
Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United Bet Builder Tips
- Manchester United to win
- Both teams to score
- Marcus Rashford to score anytime
- Joe Worrall to be carded
Manchester United to win
Manchester United were unbeaten in 10 games across all competitions prior to Sunday’s dramatic 3-2 loss at Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Erik ten Hag has certainly improved United’s fortunes this term, leading them to the semi-finals of this competition, while they sit fourth in the top-flight.
Securing a top-four spot and winning a trophy would be regarded as a successful first campaign for the Dutchman, and they stand a great chance of going all the way in the EFL Cup.
United will be eager to take advantage of this tie in the first leg at the City Ground and history suggests they will deliver.
Forest have lost their last seven meetings with United, including a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford this term, while they haven’t earned a home victory since 1992.
Both teams to score
United are expected to get the job done but it might not be completely straightforward and goals are predicted at both ends.
Both teams registered when Forest hosted Wolves in the quarter-finals as the game finished 1-1 before Steve Cooper’s men won on penalties.
Forest haven’t had any issues in notching on their own patch, netting in 11 of 12 at the City Ground across all competitions, while United have bagged in 13 of 14 on the road.
The hosts will likely feel they need to get on the scoresheet in order to have something to build from at Old Trafford and it could prove to be an open game.
Marcus Rashford to score anytime
Barely a week passes by without Marcus Rashford putting his name on the scoresheet, registering nine times in nine games since returning from the World Cup break.
Rashford has struck 17 times across all competitions as he closes in on his best-ever season tally of 22 goals in 2019-20.
He opened the scoring in the 3-0 triumph over Forest at Old Trafford in December and looks the most likely candidate to net at the City Ground.
It’s also worth noting that his double against Charlton in the quarter-finals took his tally in this competition to four and he’s the joint-top scorer alongside Southampton’s Che Adams.
Joe Worrall to be carded
It looks set to be a tough night for Forest from a defensive perspective with United adopting a front-foot approach under Ten Hag.
United have netted at least two goals in five of their last six across all competitions, scoring three goals in three of those outings, and they’ll be hoping to pile the pressure on Forest’s backline.
Centre-back Joe Worrall will be key to Forest’s hopes of trying to keep their rivals at bay but his disciplinary record suggests he will attract the attention of referee Michael Oliver.
The 26-year-old has already received six yellow cards across all competitions – the most of any player in the Forest squad – and number seven could be on its way.
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