Manchester United vs. Hull City: Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg – Match Preview

Manchester United are the overwhelming favourites to progress in the Capital One Cup final going into the two legged tie with Hull City.

United eased past Championship side Reading on the weekend in the FA Cup, winning 4-0 with Marcus Rashford scoring twice.

Hull City also progressed in the cup, beating Swansea City 2-0 in Marco Silva’s first game in charge of the club.

Manchester United have beaten both Manchester City and West Ham on route to the semi-final of the competition.

Hull have had a favourable route, although did edge past Newcastle United on penalties in the previous round.

Form guide: Manchester United W5 D0 L0; Hull City W1 D1 L3
Capital One Cup top scorers
Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Anthony Martial 2 goals each
Hull City – Adama Diomande & Robert Snodgrass 2 goals each

Match history
Rashford scored a last minute winner as United beat Hull City 1-0 at the KC Stadium in the league earlier in the season.

United have an excellent record against Hull and have won eight of the nine Premier League meetings involving the two.

Last five meetings
Hull City 0 Manchester United 1 – 27/08/16
Hull City 0 Manchester United 0 – 24/05/15
Manchester United 3 Hull City 0 – 29/11/14
Manchester United 3 Hull City 1 – 06/05/14
Hull City 2 Manchester United 3 – 26/12/13

Manchester United -1 handicap: 3/5 with William Hill

Team news
Manchester United will field a strong side here, with the likes of David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely to return to the team.

Michael Carrick will probably drop out, with one eye on United’s fixture with Liverpool on Sunday.

Ahmed Elmohamady and Dieumerci Mbokani are away on Africa Cup of Nations duty for the next month and will miss both legs of their League Cup semi final.

Michael Dawson is a major doubt, meaning Jake Livermore could feature in central defence for the visitors.

Expected starting XI’s
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Rashford; Ibrahimovic
Hull City (4-4-2): Marshall; Meyler, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Snodgrass, Henriksen, Huddlestone, Clucas; Diomande, Hernandez

Predictions

Result: Manchester United (1/5 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 3-0 (13/2 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (4/6 with William Hill)

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