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Preview: Carabao Cup Semi-Final second legs

A place in the 2019/20 Final awaits the winners!

24 January 2020

This year's Carabao Cup Finalists will be confirmed following the conclusion of next week's Semi-Final second legs, but who will make it to Wembley?

Here's a look ahead at what's to come...

Aston Villa (1) v Leicester City (1) - Tuesday 28 January, 7:45pm

The story so far: Leicester City and Aston Villa played out a 1-1 draw in their first-leg clash at the King Power Stadium earlier this month, leaving the tie well and truly in the balance going into the return fixture at Villa Park. Boyhood Villa fan Dean Smith says he is aware of the importance of the Carabao Cup to the five-time winners and has called on his players to ‘create a new history’, as the club look to win the competition for the sixth time and end a 24-year run without a domestic trophy. They lifted the League Cup in its first ever final following victory over Rotherham United, but their most recent success in the competition came back in 1996. Leicester, meanwhile, are going well in the Premier League, and will be looking to reach the Final some 20 years after last winning the competition back in 2000. Current manager Brendan Rodgers is now unbeaten in 30 cup matches going into this second leg, and will certainly have his sights set on Wembley.

Head-to-head: There have been exactly 100 previous meetings between these two sides, with Villa winning 33 times and Leicester on 42 occasions, and the remainder ending in a draw. Their first-ever match in this competition was indeed a draw, all the way back in 1981, while this season's Semi-Final clashes are the first between the teams in the League Cup since 2007.


Manchester City (3) v Manchester United (1) - Wednesday 29 January, 7:45pm

The story so far: Games between these two sides are rarely dull, and that proved to be the case in the first leg, as Manchester City ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at Old Trafford following an excellent first-half performance. Marcus Rashford's second-half effort will have offered the red side of Manchester some hope, but it's the holders City who will be favourites to reach the Final once again as they look to defend the trophy. After the first leg, members of both camps were quick to insist this tie is far from over, with Rashford crediting goalkeeper David De Gea for his part in keeping United's cup hopes alive, while City boss Pep Guardiola warned that "anything can happen in one game". We're all set for what promises to be another unmissable match-up, with a place under the famous arch at stake.

Head-to-head: The first leg was the 180th Manchester derby, and City's 54th victory. United, meanwhile, have beaten their rivals 74 times in all competitions, including a dramatic Semi-Final second-leg victory back in January 2010. The first-ever League Cup meeting between these two sides came in December 1969, also at the Semi-Final stage.


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