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EFL Cup - Man Utd v Nottingham Forest preview: Hosts can secure Wembley date

Nottingham Forest will look to pull off an unlikely comeback when they travel to Old Trafford in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Wednesday evening.

Nottingham Forest will look to pull off an unlikely comeback when they travel to Old Trafford in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Wednesday evening.

The Red Devils already have one foot in next month's final after they won 3-0 at the City Ground last week. 

Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes all found the back of the net, and United are now just one game away from their first EFL Cup final since 2017.

WhatManchester United v Nottingham Forest
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When20:00, Wednesday 1st February
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsManchester United 2/5, Draw 15/4, Nottingham Forest 7/1

Ten Hag has United on the brink 

The Red Devils were not expected to compete for trophies this season in Erik ten Hag's first campaign at Old Trafford, but the former Ajax man has hit the ground running.

Ten Hag has managed to guide United into the top four at the halfway stage of the season, and they are only six points behind second-placed Manchester City.

United have only lost one of their previous 13 games in all competitions, and that defeat came at the hands of Arsenal, who lead the race for this year's Premier League title.

Ten Hag's men last lost at Old Trafford in September, and they have scored at least two or more goals in their previous eight at home.

A United win and over 2.5 goals appeals as a result at 6/5, with Forest unlikely to have enough quality on their travels.

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Injuries to hamper travelling Forest

While Forest have recently started to climb the Premier League table, their overall form is inconsistent on the whole.

Steve Cooper's side have only won two of their previous competitive fixtures on their travels, but the majority of their good work has come at the City Ground.

If Wednesday's tie was set to take place in Nottingham, Forest may have a chance of landing the spoils, but the signs suggest they should struggle to create opportunities.

Cooper has already confirmed that midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White will play no part in Wednesday's fixture, and without his creative spark in the middle, Forest may struggle in the final third.

Forest are also going to be without Moussa Niakhate, Giulian Biancone, Taiwo Awoniyi, Cheikhou Kouyate, Omar Richards and Dean Henderson, and with so much disruption, Cooper's team are likely to be eliminated without troubling the scoring.

United's home record is also reasonably strong, with Ten Hag's side keeping six clean sheets in their previous 10 games at Old Trafford in all competitions. 

A home win to nil therefore appeals, and that is available at 5/4

Weghorst can build on first leg goal

United striker Wout Weghorst is a man on a mission this season, with the Dutch international eager to earn a permanent move to Manchester United.

Eyebrows were raised when the Red Devils brought him in on loan from Burnley this month, but Ten Hag wanted a new focal point in attack after losing Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Wolfsburg ace scored his first goal for the Red Devils during last week's first leg, and that should be a good omen ahead of Wednesday's battle.

Ten Hag continues to use Weghorst through the middle, and he should see plenty of the ball during the second leg at Old Trafford. 

Both Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho should flank the towering Dutchman, and the pair should provide plenty of crosses, something Weghorst is likely to savour.

Having scored against Forest last week, Weghorst can double his tally for the season, and with a permanent move on his mind, he would love to send United to Wembley for the first cup final of the campaign.

Weghorst is 7/4 to score anytime on Wednesday, while he is 11/1 to score two or more.

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