League Cup preview: Man City, Liverpool, Everton look to make semis
The Capital One Cup quarterfinals take place on Tuesday and Wednesday with five Premier League left among the last eight.
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Only one all-Premier League tie is set up with Southampton hosting Liverpool as Ronald Koeman pits his wits against Jurgen Klopp at St Mary’s in the tie of the round. Saints will be without captain Jose Fonte through injury, while Liverpool have Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge available but both may be used from the bench as they build up their match sharpness. Saints and Liverpool drew 1-1 at Anfield last month so expect another tight encounter down on the South Coast.
PL leaders Man City welcome Championship side Hull City to the Etihad Stadium with Manuel Pellegrini aiming to win the League Cup for the second time in three years. David Silva could make his first start in over two months for City, but Joe Hart remains out injured as Steve Bruce’s Tigers come to town.
Everton also face second-tier opposition in Middlesbrough with a tricky trip to the Riverside awaiting the Toffees. Roberto Martinez’s team have to shore up at the back after drawing 3-3 at Bournemouth in the league last weekend, as they face Aitor Karanka’s flying-high Boro who are pushing for promotion from the Championship. This one seems like the biggest banana skin for PL clubs.
Talking of banana skins, Stoke City host Sheffield Wednesday at the Britannia and although the Potters will fancy their chances of making the final four after they knocked out Chelsea in the last round, Wednesday comprehensively beat Arsenal last time out and the Owls will provide a stern test for Geoff Cameron and Co.
Below are the fixtures for the next few days, while you can click on the link above to follow all the last-eight games live.
League Cup quarterfinals
Manchester City vs. Hull City - 2:45 p.m. ET
Middlesbrough vs. Everton - 2:45 p.m. ET
Stoke City vs. Sheffield Wednesday - 2:45 p.m. ET
Southampton vs. Liverpool - 2:45 p.m. ET