Northampton vs Manchester United
English League Cup 2016/17
21st September 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton
Northampton Team News & Preview
Northampton host Manchester United in the third round of the English League cup on Wednesday.
The League one side have had a poor start to the season and will be up against one of the best teams in the country later this week.
Northampton have won just three of their last nine matches (eight league games and one Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) and will need a huge slice of luck if they are to pull off an upset against Jose Mourinho’s side.
The League one side does not have any notable injury issues and should be able to field their strongest lineup against the Old Trafford outfit.
Northampton’s Predicted Starting Lineup: Smith, Moloney, Diamond, Nyatanga, Buchanan, Beautyman, McCourt, Taylor, Anderson, Revell, and Gorré
Manchester United Team News & Preview
Manchester United will be desperate for a win when they travel to Northampton this week.
After a superb start to the season, Jose Mourinho’s side has come crashing down.
Manchester United have lost their last three matches against Manchester City, Watford and Feyenoord.
Mourinho will be eager to arrest the slide and a win here is necessary for the team’s confidence and morale.
United have a very good record against Northampton and will look to add another win to that.
The Premier League giants have won three of their last four meetings against the Cobblers.
Mourinho will be without the services of Phil Jones, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial.
The French striker picked up a knock against Watford last week.
This will be a good opportunity for Mourinho to rest the likes of Shaw and Ibrahimovic. Rashford is expected to lead the line and Memphis could replace Martial on the left wing.
Manchester United’s Predicted Starting Lineup: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Blind; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Memphis, Rooney; Rashford
Northampton vs Manchester United Key Stats
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 4 meetings with Northampton. They have scored a total of 18 goals in those games.
Northampton have conceded 11 goals in their last 6 matches.
Northampton have failed to win 4 of their last 6 matches in all competitions.
Northampton vs Manchester United Betting Tips
Northampton have been very poor defensively this season and are likely to concede against a team like Manchester United. It could get ugly for them if they do not improve at the back. Over 2.5 goals (8/15) seem like a good option here.
Manchester United have an excellent record against Northampton and are likely to add to that. Get them to win at 3/10.
Northampton vs Manchester United Prediction
Manchester United are hungry for a win here and are a lot better than the opposition.
The players will want to prove themselves after three poor performances and Northampton’s inability to defend will cost them against a team like United.
An away win seems quite likely here.
Northampton 1-2 Manchester United