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Manchester City Vs Southampton EFL Cup Football Match Score 2023

Manchester City Vs Southampton EFL Cup Football Match Score 2023

Manchester City visit Southampton on Wednesday evening as they continue their quest to reclaim the League Cup. The blues won the trophy six times out of eight seasons and took claimed Wembley victory for four straight seasons between 2018 and 2021. With eight trophies to their name, City are the second most successful club in the competition, while Saints have made the final twice, losing both.

At the knock-out stage, City have faced Southampton three times on the south coast and, if you’re superstitious, don’t read the next bit – City have lost all three. In April 1979, the blues lost 1-0 at The Dell, before taking a 4-0 hammering in November 1982. Their most recent meeting at the home of the Saints came in 1999. Paul Dickov gave the blues a 10th-minute lead before Jason Dodd levelled. City then went 3-1 down but a Shaun Goater brace levelled the scores, only for Dean Richards to score an extra-time winner.

Last season was the first time since 2015 that the blues hadn’t made it past the fourth round. Saints also went out in round four last season and this is their first appearance in the quarter-final since the 2015/16 season, when they reached the final. This meeting will be the fourth time City have visited Southampton in January and are yet to win. They have so far lost one (4-1) and drawn two, so the blues are due a January victory.

The league form of the two going into the match couldn’t be much different. City have lost just two league and cup matches this season and have won their last five. By comparison, Saints have won just seven, three of those in the Premier League and remain rooted to the bottom of the table. City have won five and lost one of their last seven matches at Southampton, including last season’s 4-1 win in the FA Cup. Hopefully, that run will continue on Wednesday Southampton welcome Manchester City to St Mary’s for their quarter-final clash in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, with a place in the last four up for grabs.

The Saints have beaten three lower-league teams to reach this stage, while the Citizens have battled their way past Liverpool and Chelsea in the previous two rounds. Nathan Jones is yet to make waves in the Premier League since taking the reins at basement club Southampton in early November, with his new side losing all four league matches under his tutelage and conceding 10 goals in the process. However, the Welsh boss has had more success in grinding out results in the cup competitions, as the Saints have come from behind to beat Lincoln City and Crystal Palace by 2-1 scorelines in the EFL Cup and FA Cup respectively, beating the latter away from home on Saturday.

James Ward-Prowse has developed a reputation for scoring spectacular free kicks, but even he will admit that his equaliser at Selhurst Park was intended as a cross. Nevertheless, that strike helped the Saints grow into the game before Adam Armstrong robbed the dawdling Vicente Guaita and tapped what proved to be the winning goal into an empty net midway through the second half. An FA Cup fourth-round tie against Championship outfit Blackpool awaits Southampton later this month, but they must first turn their focus back to the EFL Cup as they prepare for the daunting task of going toe-to-toe with Man City, a side that they have beaten only once in their last 15 meetings.

Prior to their fourth-round win over Lincoln, Southampton comfortably beat Cambridge United 3-0 in the first round before scraping past Sheffield Wednesday on penalties following a 1-1 draw. The Saints head into Wednesday’s fixture having been eliminated from seven of their last eight EFL Cup quarter-final ties, although they were successful in their most recent last-eight contest, beating Arsenal 2-0 in 2017 before reaching the final where they lost out to Manchester United. After ending 2022 in somewhat underwhelming fashion with a 1-1 draw at home to Everton, Man City kick-started the New Year with back-to-back victories over Chelsea in the space of four days. A slender 1-0 away win in the Premier League last Thursday was shortly followed by a comprehensive 4-0 home triumph in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, with Pep Guardiola’s side able to show their clinical side while goal machine Erling Braut Haaland watched on as a substitute.

Riyad Mahrez netted a brace while Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden were also on the scoresheet to help the Citizens cruise past the West Londoners into the fourth round, where they will face either Oxford United or Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium later this month. While chasing down the Gunners at the Premier League summit remains Guardiola’s primary target this season, further success in the EFL Cup will also be welcomed by City, who are bidding to lift the trophy for the seventh time in the last 10 years. The Citizens have lost just two of their 29 EFL Cup fixtures under Guardiola, with both defeats suffered against rivals Man United. West Ham United are the only other team to have eliminated Guardiola’s side in the competition, beating the Citizens on penalties in the fourth round last season.

City have won each of their last eight EFL Cup quarter-final ties, including a 3-1 home win against Southampton in October 2019, although this win is their only success against the Saints in four attempts in the competition. Southampton are still unable to call upon centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap due to a knee injury, with Jones confirming that the 20-year-old is set to be out for a matter of weeks rather than months. Stuart Armstrong also missed the win over Palace having previously been ‘playing through the pain’ and the midfielder will not return in time for Wednesday’s match, while Valentino Livramento, Juan Larios, Theo Walcott and Alex McCarthy are all doubtful with injuries. Romeo Lavia was an unused substitute against Palace, with Jones opting to give the midfielder a rest having only just returned from injury, but the former Man City youngster could be handed a start on Wednesday, as could fellow Citizens academy graduates Gavin Bazunu and Sam Edozie.

Che Adams, who has scored five goals in his last three EFL Cup appearances, is expected to lead the line, while January addition Mislav Orsic could make his Saints debut in attack. As for Man City, Ruben Dias remains sidelined with a hamstring injury that he sustained while representing Portugal at the 2022 World Cup. Aymeric Laporte recovered from a minor back issue to play the full 90 minutes on Sunday and he will battle with John Stones, Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake to keep his place in central defence, while backup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega could continue between the sticks ahead of Ederson. Jack Grealish missed the FA Cup win over Chelsea due to illness, but the playmaker is expected to be available on Wednesday and could be handed a start on the left flank at the expense of Phil Foden, while Kalvin Phillips is poised to make his first start for the club, which could see Rodri given a rest. Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Rico Lewis are among those who could return to the first XI after beginning on the bench last weekend, although Guardiola is sure to have one eye on Saturday’s Manchester derby and he may give some of his star names further rest ahead of that fixture.

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