Southampton v Manchester City: Carabao Cup 1/4 – Live | Carabao Cup
18 min: Southampton will be very pleased with how this game started. Bazunu has not made a save yet. He loosened up enough to fire a precise pass down the right from 70 yards, freeing Jnepo.
16 min: Armstrong turns in a cross from the right. Mara fights for a header but the City defenders hold him down and are unable to win the fightback. “Didn’t Caleta-Car sponsor this race once?” asks Richard Hirst. A link to Rumbelows, right?
14 min: Sky Sports have just revealed Pep Guardiola’s managerial record in domestic cup quarter-finals. Played 15, won 15. Godspeed, Southampton.
12 min: Watch 10 min. It’s a sensible bet from City, as more than half of their play so far – 52%, in fact – has come in their final third.
10 minutes: City play the ball a bit to take the wind out of Southampton’s sails. A smart city.
GOAL! Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Boli 18). A boom in the town square. Wolves fail to control Forest’s left corner and Willie Boley comes out of the scrum to return from close range. Considering the four years he spent at Molineux, there is no celebration.
8 minutes: The second round is recycled down the left flank to Ward-Prowse, whose deep center forces Ortega to fall again with a toe. The third corner in the streak didn’t work, but it was a very promising few minutes from the hosts.
7 minutes: Genepo runs down the right and forces Laporte to concede a corner. The Saints initially struggled from the free-kick, but City fought back in the clearance, allowing Kaleta-Kar to take a shot from the edge of the D corner. The ball came down the left, forcing Ortega to tip D. to another corner. , this time from the left.
6 minutes: Salisu hit a simple right hook to Palmer, who was going wild in right. He looks for a curler to the top left, but rolls to the face of the box instead of Gundogan, who shoots low to the left. A huge missed opportunity.
5 minutes: Gomes walks on City’s left side. His cross deflected high into the box, plucking Bazu out of the rainy sky. Not the best night in the Solent. This may or may not explain the gaps.
4 minutes: Armstrong continued the Saints’ press in the middle of the park but was able to drive the ball down the mile to miss the first corner of the game. Fortunately, the eager striker is not at City.
2 minutes: It’s a good start for the Saints. They are at the front and pressing City hard. Ward-Prowse and Diallo avoided putting the ball in the mixer. Not ideal, but very promising from subordinates.
The city opens the ball. Saints take possession quickly and Walker-Peters moves to the left. He reaches the edge of the city zone before collapsing, allowing Ortega to claim.
The teams are out! Southampton will wear their Rank Xerox shirts in reverse, while Manchester City will wear their third-choice Stabilo Boss green liner. Ah, early 80’s Saints jerseys! Any old excuse to post the greatest Premier League goal of all time. We will leave in a minute.
Another League Cup quarter-final takes place tonight. Nottingham Forest host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the ATVLand City Ground. It starts at 7:45 p.m. No first goals. When the news is with us.
Nathan Jones talks to Sky. “This is one of the best teams in the world. It will be a really tough challenge, but we have to accept it. It’s a great night, it’s an EFL Cup quarter-final and it’s a great occasion. You have to rise to this. We have to do really well tonight and a lot has to happen for us to win the game, but look, it’s a very exciting night. Results are everything…but we need performance first because if you don’t get it, you don’t get results. But we want productivity and results.
Pep Guardiola speaks to Sky Sports. “We are still alive in everything. Eleven players cannot play every game. We need everyone to play. I’ve done it my whole career, played everything. Maybe people will play minutes in the second half. We play as usual. All managers are different and play in different forms. We fought Ralph here [Hasenhuttl] past, but we also have good memories.
Some recent news: Southampton have signed Argentine midfielder Carlos “Charlie” Alcaraz from Racing Club. The 20-year-old footballer, who scored 12 goals in 83 appearances for Racing, signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Saints. “He’s going to give us a really interesting option and give the team a bit more creativity, which is a real benefit for us,” manager Nathan Jones said.
Southampton will make five changes to the starting XI following their 2-1 FA Cup win at Crystal Palace. Kyle Walker-Peters, Moussa Jenepo, Ibrahima Diallo, Romeo Lavia and Sekou Mara replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Romain Perrault, Joe Aribo, Samuel Edozi and Che Adams. Croatian winger Misslav Orsic signed from Dinamo Zagreb for £6m in January.
Manchester City make four changes to the squad that started 4-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup. Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish and Calvin Phillips get their first start at City after leaving Leeds in a £42m summer deal. Forwards: Rodri, Manuel Akanji, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez.
Southampton: Bazunu, Jenepo, Lyanko, Kaleta-Kar, Salisu, Walker-Peters, Diallo, Lavia, Ward-Prowse, Mara, Armstrong.
Substitutions: Caballero, Perrault, Finnigan, Elyunussi, Edozi, Aribo, Orsik, Adams, Morgan.
Manchester City: Ortega Moreno, Cancelo, Walker, Laporte, Gomez, Phillips, Gundogan, Foden, Palmer, Alvarez, Grealish.
Substitutions: Ederson, Ake, Holland, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Akanji, Mahrez, Lewis.
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Manchester City have won four of their last five League Cups. They have won five of their last seven games. They have won six of their last nine games. They know how to get the job done. They are heavy favorites to win tonight. They Manchester City.
But football can be fun. Southampton may have lost their last two games to City, 4-0 and 4-1, and they may have lost their last six Premier League games in a row. But they managed to keep City in the league twice last season, winning the FA Cup at Crystal Palace. So you never know. The Saints reached the final of this competition in 2017 and another semi-final trip could start their struggling season. They don’t want to end the party with a surprise. Starts at 20:00 GMT. It’s on!
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