Last season the U21s, in the competition for the first time, qualified from their group as winners but were beaten by Tranmere Rovers in the Second Round.
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Salford City vs Manchester United U21 predictions for Wednesday’s EFL Trophy clash at the Peninsula Stadium. Salford meet Man Utd’s U21s in this eagerly anticipated derby cup clash. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Can Salford turn over their neighbours?
It’s derby day on Wednesday evening, when Salford City host Manchester United’s U21s in an EFL Trophy Northern Group B contest at the at the Peninsula Stadium.
United’s reserves topped their group with three wins from three at the same stage of last year’s competition, however with Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood part of the first team set-up, Tahith Chong on loan at Werder Bremen and Angel Gomes out the door, the visitors won’t be quite as strong this season.
Salford, who saw over 2.5 goals scored in seven of their final 10 home games last season, will fancy their chances of turning over their youthful upstart visitors this week, and that should in turn open up spaces to counter attack for the away team’s pacey, if inexperienced frontline containing Anthony Elanga and Dillon Hoogerwerf.
United will lack a physical presence in central defence however, and Salford have the muscle and knowhow to create chances. With those factors considered an exciting game is on the cards in Salford, which makes the over 2.5 goals market worth considering for Wednesdays game, while our correct score prediction points towards a 2-2 draw.
The Red Devils notched exactly two goals in three of their four EFL Trophy assignments last year, and while another brace is within their capabilities, the hosts should be expected to carve holes in a rearguard lacking leaders.
Salford City host Manchester United U21s in a local derby at Peninsula Stadium on Wednesday. United’s youngsters make the short journey to begin their EFL Trophy campaign against League Two Salford, who reached the final last season.
Salford are part-owned by former Manchester United youth products Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.
The young Red Devils won all three games in the EFL Trophy group stage last year, defeating Rotherham, Lincoln and Doncaster Rovers to progress as winners.
Manchester United U21s came unstuck in the first knockout round as they lost 3-2 to Tranmere Rovers.
In the Professional U23 Development League, United’s youngsters were promoted to Division 1 after being declared runners-up of Division 2 when the season was cancelled due to the pandemic.