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The Carabao Cup semi-finals begin this week and on Wednesday night, Nottingham Forest will host Manchester United in the first leg of their final four series at the City Ground. 

Nottingham Forest reached the semi-finals thanks to a penalty shootout win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-finals. Manchester United qualified for the semi-finals thanks to a 3-0 win over League One team Charlton Athletic. 

Forest go into the match unbeaten in three straight games in all competitions. The Reds achieved a come-from-behind draw against Bournemouth at the weekend in the league. Manchester United were beaten 3-2 at the Emirates by a late Arsenal goal. The Red Devils are now 11 points off first place, making winning the Carabao Cup even more important. 

Sportsbooks have Nottingham Forest as the underdogs to win the fixture at odds of 17/4. Manchester United are the favourites at odds of 4/6. Bookmakers have the teams at odds of 11/4 to draw at full-time.  

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United Team News  

Nottingham Forest and Manchester United met in the Premier League earlier this season, with the Red Devils easing by Steve Cooper’s team 3-0 at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial had the Red Devils up 2-0 after 22 minutes. Fred scored a third with three minutes left on the clock. 

Cooper has improved the Reds and they go into the match unbeaten in three straight matches in all competitions. Forest are making improvements all over the pitch, but they are dealing with a few injuries. Cooper has seven players on the injury list going into Wednesday’s semi-final first leg. 

Striker Taiwo Awoniyi is ruled out of the game and Forest signed Chris Wood from Newcastle on loan to fill in. Goalkeeper Dean Henderson won’t play the match due to a thigh injury. Omar Richards and Moussa Niakhate are both set to miss the match due to injuries. 

Giulian Biancone and Cheikhou Kouyate are ruled out of the first leg through injuries. Meanwhile, Ryan Yates could be passed fit following an illness. 

Erik ten Hag has far fewer injury issues going into the match. Midfielder Donny van der Beek is out with a knee injury. Anthony Martial is a doubt following an injury problem. Jadon Sancho, a forgotten man at United, is ruled out along with Diogo Dalot. Axel Tuanzebe won’t play either following an injury. Marcus Rashford is in good form as he scored his 17th goal of the season against Arsenal at the weekend. 

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United H2H  

Nottingham Forest and Manchester United met earlier this season with the Red Devils winning 3-0 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Rashford, Martial, and Fred. Ten Hag will feel confident about winning the first leg against Forest on Wednesday thanks to the teams’ previous fixture. 

The road has been more difficult for United this season than playing at Old Trafford. Manchester United’s record away from Old Trafford is 8W-2D-4L with 21 goals for and 24 goals against in all competitions. Before losing to Arsenal on Sunday, United was on a 10-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. 

Nottingham Forest have a winning record at home in all competitions. The Reds picked up five wins, four draws, and three defeats at the City Ground in all competitions this season. They have scored 15 goals and conceded 13 times in all competitions. 

Forest are on an eight-game unbeaten run at the City Ground. Cooper has made the City Ground a fortress compared to Nottingham Forest’s away form. 

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United Betting Tips  

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Manchester United’s deficiencies have been exposed in recent games. The Red Devils drew 1-1 against Crystal Palace in the league, as they couldn’t put away the Eagles on the road. Manchester United came lost a lead and came from behind to level the scores against Arsenal. Yet, the Man United defence conceded three goals against the Gunners. 

Casemiro will be available following a suspension against Arsenal. He was a big miss as Arsenal was able to keep the ball and play it through the midfield. United put three goals by Forest in their league match earlier this season. The teams are at odds of 17/20 to finish with over 2.5 goals. Bookmakers are offering odds of 19/20 for the teams to finish with under 2.5 goals. 

Forest do not score a lot of goals. They have tallied 26 goals in all competitions, but 15 of those scores came at the City Ground. United have conceded 22 times on the road this season while scoring 21 times. The teams are at odds of 10/11 to score on Wednesday night. Forest’s problem is Awoniyi’s absence. He is a strong striker capable of battling against the United defence. 

Rashford is 15/8 to score anytime. He is on fire right now for United. The striker has four goals in three EFL Cup games and has scored in each round for the Red Devils. 

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United Prediction  

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Wednesday’s game is a little difficult to call. United are winless in back-to-back games going into the match. Is the bloom of the rose? Manchester United have played well against bad teams this season. They had a fortune draw against Charlton Athletic in the quarter-finals. 

Just one of United’s previous three matches in the Carabao Cup was against a Premier League team. They defeated Aston Villa 4-2 in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Our betting tips prediction is for Manchester United to pick up a win at full-time in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals. 

Forest play well at home, but United’s quality is far greater. The Red Devils' recent blip, both matches coming on the road and ending without wins, should come to an end against Forest. Ten Hag will play a strong squad with Manchester United playing in the FA Cup at the weekend. Our betting tips prediction is for United to win and a final score of 2-1 at odds of 15/2. The Red Devils will place one foot in the final.