Manchester City take on Oxford United in the Carabao Cup quarter final and the League One side will be hoping to cause an upset in front of their own fans at the Kassam Stadium tonight.
Manchester City qualified for the quarter-finals of the League Cup after beating Southampton 3-1 in the match that brought them together at Al-Ittihad stadium, within the round-price competition.
While Oxford United booked a third-class club place in the quarter-finals, after defeating Sunderland 4-2 on a penalty shootout, after the original time of the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Manchester City will enter the match today amid high spirits after regaining the tone of victories in the Premiership competition by defeating Arsenal by three clean in the match that brought them together at the “Emirates” stadium.
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18
Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT, 2:45 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), ESPN+ (U.S.)
TV Info: Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Main Event (UK)
Guardiola is expected to field a blend of youth and reserve players for his side’s match at a familiar lower-league ground. City won 3-0 at the Kassam Stadium in the third round of the competition last season.
- Oxford United and Manchester City met last season in the League Cup third round, with City winning 3-0 at the Kassam Stadium; it is their only previous meeting in the competition.
- In all competitions, Man City have lost none of their last five away visits to Oxford United (W3 D2 L0) since losing 1-0 in September 1985 in a top-flight encounter.
- This is Oxford United’s first League Cup quarter-final since the 1987/88 season, when they beat Man Utd to reach the semi-final where they were eliminated by Luton.
- Since losing to Man Utd in October 2016, Man City have lost none of their 14 matches in the League Cup (W10 D4 L0), winning the competition in each of the last two campaigns.
- Manchester City have progressed from their last 12 League Cup ties against lower-league opponents since losing on penalties to Brighton in 2008/09 under Mark Hughes.