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Take a look ahead to the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final

10 January 2023

It’s Carabao Cup Quarter-Final week! Here’s all you need to know as we take a look ahead to four mouth-watering ties…

Manchester United v Charlton Athletic

It’s Premier League against Sky Bet League One as the only remaining EFL side in the Carabao Cup go head-to-head at Old Trafford when Manchester United and Charlton Athletic meet on Tuesday evening, with an 8pm kick-off time.

Ones to watch 

An in-form Marcus Rashford could pose a threat for the Reds on Tuesday evening, with the 25-year-old having netted in consecutive Carabao Cup games over Aston Villa and Burnley, playing his part in their run to the Quarter-Final.

Ashley Maynard-Brewer made Round Four’s Team of the Round for his heroics between the sticks against Brighton and Hove Albion. The Australian kept a clean sheet and produced a save in the shoot-out to set up Sam Lavelle who slot home the decisive kick from 12 yards. 

Route to the Quarter-Final

Manchester United entered the competition in Round Three, when Erik ten Hag’s side came from behind to overcome top-flight rivals Villa in an entertaining 4-2 victory on home soil. And a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley in Round Four to book their place in the Quarter-Final.

As for Charlton, a Round One triumph over Queens Park Rangers – beating the Hoops 5-3 on penalties– got the Addicks off to a winning start. A slender 1-0 win over Walsall in Round Two was followed up by more shoot-out success in Round Three, seeing off Stevenage 4-5 on spot-kicks. But it was the South Londoners’ win over Brighton in Round Four, edging the Seagulls 4-3 on penalties, that helped them through to the last eight.

Newcastle United v Leicester City

Live on Sky Sports from St James’ Park, Newcastle United’s attention now turns to another cup competition on Tuesday night, with the tie set for an 8pm kick-off, but it’s Leicester City who stand in their way of a place in the Semi-Final.

Ones to watch

Since returning from the World Cup 2022 in Qatar where he represented Brazil, Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes has run the show for the Magpies under Eddie Howe, and the midfielder has featured in each of Newcastle’s Carabao Cup ties in the build-up to tomorrow’s game.

Leicester’s lively left-back Luke Thomas put in an impressive performance down the flank as the Foxes cruised through to the Quarter-Final, picking the perfect pass to set up Ayoze Peres for City’s second goal of the night, and his quality could prove to be the difference.

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Route to the Quarter-Final

It looked as though there might be a shock on the cards when Newcastle trailed Tranmere Rovers in Round Two but Howe’s men pulled it back to claim a 2-1 triumph, going on to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 on penalties in Round Three, and registering a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in Round Four last month.

A hard-fought win over Stockport County, overcoming the fourth-tier side 3-1 in the shoot-out saw the Foxes advance from Round Two to get their Carabao Cup campaign underway. From then on, it’s been plain sailing for Leicester, who secured a 3-0 win over Newport County in Round Three and an identical 3-0 victory over MK Dons in Round Four. 

Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Two teams boasting 100% records in this competition will battle it out for a place in the Semi-Final at the City Ground on Wednesday evening with a 7.45pm kick-off, but only one of Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers will advance.

Ones to watch

Homegrown talent Brennan Johnson was well worthy of his nomination for Round Four’s Player of the Round last time out in the Carabao Cup, proving too hot to handle for Blackburn Rovers as he grabbed two of Forest’s goals in an emphatic display.

Adama Traore has starred for Wolves each step of the way in their journey to the Quarter-Final, even making the score-sheet against Preston North End with a stunning strike.

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Route to the Quarter-Final 

Steve Cooper’s side have faced little difficulty in getting to where they are today. The Tricky Trees have almost made it look easy, breezing past Grimsby Town 3-0 in Round Two in their opening game. A 2-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur ousted last year’s Semi-Finalists, and Forest showed Blackburn how it was done in a 4-1 win in Round Four.

Wolves set their stall out early with a 2-1 win over Preston in Round Two of the competition. The West Midlands team then returned to Molineux for a 1-0 triumph over Leeds United in Round Three, and two second-half goals were enough to seal a 2-0 victory over Gillingham in Round Four.

Southampton v Manchester City

Eight-time champions Manchester City will be looking to reassert their dominance on the competition this year, and a live televised clash on Sky Sports against Southampton at St Mary’s awaits in the Quarter-Final on Wednesday night at 8pm.

Ones to watch

The competition’s leading marksman Che Adams came close to taking home the match ball against Lincoln City in Round Four but instead bagged himself a brace to take the forward’s tally up to four goals and counting.

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After opening his account in Round Four against Liverpool, Erling Haaland will be hungry for more when the Sky Blues hit the road this week with the Norwegian international edging ever closer to the 30-goal mark in all competitions.

Route to the Quarter-Final

The Quarter-Final is the first time Saints will come up against a Premier League team, having seen off Cambridge United 3-0 in Round Two, then beating Sheffield Wednesday 6-5 on penalties in Round Three and defeating Lincoln City in a 2-1 victory most recently in Round Four.

Victories over Chelsea and Manchester City in Round Three and Round Four respectively paved Pep Guardiola’s side’s route to the Quarter-Final. A comfortable 2-0 win over the Blues saw the Sky Blues advance, and an end-to-end encounter with Liverpool which ended in a 3-2 victory for City sealed passage through.


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