Ask The Opposition w/ BrewersTV: Burton Albion vs Manchester City (Carabao Cup)

Manchester City travel to the Pirelli Stadium looking to maintain their winning start to 2019 in a semi-final clash that is all over as a contest in truth. The blues put nine past the Brewers in the first leg at the Etihad, in a performance that somehow managed to frustrate some individuals in the media – ‘too many goals’ apparently. 

The second leg gives Pep Guardiola the opportunity to showcase some of the youth academy’s finer prospects although the blues’ involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy last night limited these options to some extent. The game still remains a proud moment for the community of Burton and the second leg at the Pirelli Stadium will still make for a fantastic occasion for all those in attendance, despite the aggregate scoreline.

We took some time out to speak to Jack Stout at BrewersTV who gave us their thoughts ahead of tonight’s clash in the League Cup:

Thanks for joining us Jack. Last time saw Burton Albion brushed aside without much response at the Etihad and all-but send the blues to Wembley, but what did you make of the game?

I think going into the game, we all expected it to be extremely difficult, especially when you look at the side that City started the game with. I actually felt that, despite the early goal from Kevin De Bruyne, we started quite well with both Marcus Harness and Lucas Akins threatening Muric’s goal. However, once City got into their usual flow around 35 minutes into the first half, it became near impossible to stop them from scoring the amount of goals everyone knows they’re capable of. 

Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (2R) celebrates with Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus after scoring their first goal during the League Cup first leg semi-final football match between Manchester City and Burton Albion at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northwest England on January 9, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

All those that made the journey to Manchester that night definitely did the club proud singing from start to finish, but what was the overall reaction to the defeat?

Every single Burton fan was upbeat going into the game. It was a historic and momentous game for a club of our size, and it was an occasion that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Despite the margin of defeat, I think it was really a result we all expected and so it was absolutely worth making the most of the opportunity of playing at such a great club.

How do Burton Albion approach tonight’s game given that they have a much more important league game at the weekend – should the side rest your more key players but risk another heavy defeat?

We certainly have to be careful. Our game against Bradford City on Saturday is going to be decisive, but at the same time, with Manchester City looking to change things up dramatically in terms of personnel, we could certainly go and pull off an upset on the night. Obviously we are not going to make it through to the final, so I’d expect us to make a few changes of our own, although there will still be quite a few first-team players in the mix.

Manchester City were criticised by certain high-profile journalists and individuals in the media for scoring too many goals in the 1st leg, but what did Burton fans themselves make of the relentless approach taken by City?

I certainly think most of our fans were fine with it, and probably the majority of football fans in general. At the end of the day, it’s a competitive football match, so both teams should go out there with the intention of winning the game. As far as I’m aware, everyone was more than fine with Manchester City running riot in the game. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City holds the match ball after his four goals and is embraced by Phil Foden during the Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Manchester City and Burton Albion at Etihad Stadium on January 9, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Burton Albion team prediction and a score prediction for tonight’s game?

As I said, I think we will make a few changes for this game. We normally start with a 4-3-3. Collins will maintain his place in goal with a back four made up of Brayford, Buxton, Turner and I think we can expect to see Colin Daniel make his debut at left-back for the club. Our midfield three will probably include Ben Fox, Quinn and Fraser while Liam Boyce will most certainly start up top for Burton, with Akins and Templeton either side of him in their respective wing positions. 

Although I think Manchester City could struggle on our smaller pithy, I think their quality will ultimately shine, despite any changes they make to somewhat weaken their side. I reckon the scoreline will be Burton Albion 1-4 Manchester City (Agg. 1-13).

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