Our football match prediction:
High-flying Manchester United host Hull City at their Old Trafford in the League Cup semi-finals, first leg. The Red Devils are eyeing their ninth consecutive win in all competitions and they aim to build on a FA Cup victory over Reading. Jose Mourinho’s men have found their best form and it is no surprise they are regarded as hot favourites to win Tuesday’s football match. Key players Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were rested in the 4-0 win over Reading and the duo is likely to return to the starting line-up. The Tigers gave fans some cheer at the weekend, with the team beating Swansea City in the FA Cup round 3, but Marco Silva’s troops face an uphill task in the League Cup clash against Manchester United. Hull City suffered a loss in each of their last eight away games in the Premier League and we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highligted Player (Pogba):
After spending four seasons at Juventus, Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United in the summer of 2016. The French midfielder signed a five-year deal with the Premier League giants for a world-record fee of €105 million. He set an all-time record for highest football transfer fee, surpassing Gareth Bale, the former record holder. However, he missed the 2016/2017 Premier League opener against Bournemouth through suspension. Pogba was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France on 15 March, 1993 and he represents les Tricolores on the international stage. He won the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup with France, while making it to the Euro 2016 final with Didier Deschamps’ troops. However, they were beaten by Portugal in the title game at Stade de France. It has to be noted that Paul Pogba won four Serie A trophies with Juventus. He produced a fine display in the 2013/2014 Champions League final against Barcelona, but Juve suffered a 3-1 loss to Barca in the Olympiastadion Berlin clash. Pogba is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as an attacking and a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Hull City):
Hull City are a professional football club that was founded back in 1904. The Tigers used to play their home games at Boothferry Park, but they moved to the KC Stadium in 2002. The stadium capacity is 24,450. Hull impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and, as a result, they returned to the English Premier League. Hull City fans consider Leeds United their main rivals, but Sheffield United are regarded as Hull’s fierce rivals as well. Steve Bruce took over the reins at the club in 2012 and the experienced tactician helped the team book a place in the 2013/2014 FA Cup final, but Arsenal proved to be a big catch for the Tigers in the title decider. Hull City finished the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign in 16th place in the standings to achieve their highest ever top flight finish. It has to be noted that Curtis Davies was named the team’s player of the year in the 2013/2014 season.