Manchester City were merciless in thrashing Championship club Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium at the weekend and they could quite easily surpass that total in their EFL Cup semi-final with lowly League One Burton Albion cowering in the crosshairs.

The Citizens are trading at correct score odds of 25/1 to equal that tally against the Brewers, or 40/1 to exceed it with an 8-0 success and, while such winning margins are generally regarded as freak results, there’s a real possibility that Pep Guardiola’s side can run up another mammoth total.

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City have already registered consecutive six-goal successes this term

More often than not, scoring six times against an opponent is an isolated occurrence for any team, but not this City outfit, who spanked successive sides by such a margin back in November.

First Premier League Southampton (6-1) then Champions League foes Shakhtar Donetsk (6-0) were thrashed in the space of four days, fittingly either side of fireworks day.

Personnel changes were made between the two fixtures but their lust for goals remained unabated, suggesting they’re perfectly capable of pummelling Rotherham and Burton in quick succession.

Albion’s away defence has a Millers-comparable record… at a lower level

Rotherham arrived at the Etihad having shipped 24 away goals in 13 Championship road games this season and 41 times in 26 divisional outings overall.

One layer down the Football League pyramid Nigel Clough’s men have a similarly leaky rearguard in divisional away action, shipping 21 times across 13 travelling assignments.

Almost as leaky as Rotherham, despite playing at a lower level – odds of 9/4 about Man City hitting over 4.5 goals for the sixth time this season against the Pirelli Stadium outfit look very fair.

Putting this tie to bed before the second leg is in City’s best interests

With a return fixture in Staffordshire to come in late January, Guardiola’s side would be well served in effectively ensuring this two-legged affair is stone dead come the final whistle this evening.

Their chances of catching Liverpool in the race to retain their Premier League title are far less remote than they were a week ago, while they’re still in the hunt for all the other trophies the season has on offer.

Chances to field the reserves will be like gold dust from here on in and thrashing Burton by Rotherham-esque margins at the Etihad would allow City to do just that.

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