Southampton vs Manchester City LIVE: Carabao Cup score, result and reaction Saints seal shock win

Southampton are hoping to inject some positivity into their shocking season when they challenge Manchester City for a spot in the Carabao Cup semi-finals tonight. The Saints have struggled this year and are currently bottom of the Premier League with no wins in seven league fixtures however, they have been successful in the cup competitions.

Nathan Jones’ men have breezed into the final eight of the league cup after victories over Cambridge United, Sheffield Wednesday, and Lincoln City whilst last time out they defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup third round. The Saints will be hoping to continue their fine cup runs and transfer that momentum into league wins but they face a difficult challenge tonight.

Manchester City are Southampton’s opponents and they will be keen to join Newcastle and Manchester United in the final four. City have had no issues reaching this stage of the tournament despite coming up against Chelsea and Liverpool in the previous rounds. The club has won this competition four times in five years under Pep Guardiola and look on course for another trip to Wembley at the very least.

Relive all the action from the Carabao Cup quarter-final at St. Mary’s as Southampton beat Manchester City:

Southampton vs Man City

  • Southampton stun Man City 2-0 in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals

  • Mara and Djenepo score to send struggling Saints inot League Cup semi-finals for first time since 2017

  • FULL-TIME! Southampton 2-0 Man City

  • 81' CHANCE! - Bazunu keeps out Alvarez’s sliding shot (SOU 2-0 MCI)

  • 48’ SHOT! - Alvarez latches onto De Bruyne’s pass but goes wide (SOU 2-0 MCI)

  • 28’ GOAL! - Djenepo lobs Ortega to double Saints’ lead (SOU 2-0 MCI)

  • 23’ GOAL! - Mara finishes a quick counter to send the Saints ahead (SOU 1-0 MCI)

  • 9’ SAVE! - Caleta-Car denied by the leaping Ortega (SOU 0-0 MCI)

  • 6’ CHANCE! - Gundogan pulls one wide of the target (SOU 0-0 MCI)

Southampton FC 2 - 0 Manchester City FC

FT Southampton 2-0 Man City

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Penny for your thoughts Pep?

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FT Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:56 , Michael Jones

Over at the City Ground Nottingham Forest have made it through the penalty shootout 4-3! They join Newcastle, Manchester United and Southampton in the semi-finals.

This competition has been blown wide open and any one of the four remaining teams could win it.

Full-time: Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:54 , Michael Jones

90+6 mins: There’s the whistle! What a result for Southampton! Manchester City are knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the quarter-final stage.

Nathan Jones’ men were exceptional in the first half and aggressive took the game to City which resulted in two wonderful goals. The second half was a more defensive affair but the Saints took advantage of some slack play from Pep Guardiola’s men to cruise into the final four!

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:51 , Michael Jones

90+3 mins: It doesn’t look as though Southampton are worried about the added time. They’ve pushed higher up the pitch, keeping the ball in City’s half and winning corners which they’re taking slowly to run down the clock.

The Saints fans are cheering their side home here.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:47 , Michael Jones

90 mins: James Ward-Prowse meets a Southampton clearance and works it further up the pitch before getting clattered by Rodri and winning the Saints a free kick.

The officials have signalled for six added minutes to play. That’s frankly a joke, play hasn’t stopped long enough for them to reach that high a total.

Can Southampton hold out?

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:43 , Michael Jones

87 mins: Nottingham Forest vs Wolves has ended 1-1 at the City Ground so that quarter-final is going to a penalty shootout to decide who will be heading into the semi-finals.

At St. Mary’s Southampton look very comfortable. There shouldn’t be that much stoppage time added on and City aren’t really creating anything.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:40 , Michael Jones

84 mins: Mislav Orsic gets a run out for Southampton and is well applauded by the home crowd as he jogs onto the pitch. Orsic comes on to replace Adam Armstrong with a little over five minutes left to play.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:38 , Michael Jones

81 mins: Close! Julian Alvarez slides in to meet Ilkay Gundogan’s ball across the six-yard box. It hits a defender too which takes the sting out of the shot allowing Gavin Bazunu enough time to scramble over and smother it on the line.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:34 , Michael Jones

78 mins: Disallowed goal! Southampton break up the pitch quickly and send the ball into the box. It deflects off Manuel Akanji and drops to Che Adams who turns it home but gets flagged offside.

A third goal would have eased all the pressure on Southampton.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:32 , Michael Jones

75 mins: Ilkay Gundogan brings the ball up the pitch and combines with Nathan Ake who bombs forward on the overlap. Ake lifts a cross into the box from the wing but Duje Caleta-Car leaps highest and heads it clear for the home side.

Southampton are defending well. The longer they can kept City from the scoring the more frantic the visitors will become.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:29 , Michael Jones

72 mins: Brave! Rodri kick starts a Manchester City counter-attakc with a curling pass over to Julian Alvarez on the left wing. Alvarez comes inside and threads the ball over to Kevin De Bruyne on the opposite side of the pitch.

De Bruyne carries it into the box and looks to slide a pass into Erling Haaland but Gavin Bazunu leaps across the six-yard area and smothers the ball before it reaches the forward.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:26 , Michael Jones

69 mins: Phil Foden drifts into space on the left wing and crosses the ball into the box for Erling Haaland. Haaland has to stretch to reach the ball and scissor kicks his effort over the crossbar.

City are closing in on goal but have they got enough time to turn this game around?

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:23 , Michael Jones

66 mins: Nearly! A poorly weighted pass up towards Erling Haaland is intercepted and dinked over to Che Adams who floats into the left side of the box before chipping a cross over to Kyle Walker-Peters.

He shimmies into space after chesting down the ball but pulls his right-footed effort wide of the back post and Adams is in an offside position so can’t turn it home.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:19 , Michael Jones

63 mins: More substitutions for Southampton now. Che Adams takes the place of Sekou Mara up top whilst Mohamed Elyounoussi slots into midfield as a replacement for Romeo Lavia.

Kalvin Phillips’ first Manchester City start is over as Pep Guardiola sends on Rodri to replace him. City have less than 30 minutes to get back on level terms.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:17 , Michael Jones

60 mins: Close! Kyle Walker-Peters has switched over to the right wing and links up with Ibrahima Diallo to swing a cross into the middle of the box.

Adam Armstrong is the main target but the ball goes over his head and City clear the danger.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:14 , Michael Jones

57 mins: Southampton are clearly operating with a back five now to try and limit the options City can take to get into their penalty area.

Over at the City Ground Wolves have pulled level thanks to a Raul Jimenez equaliser.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:13 , Michael Jones

54 mins: Nathan Jones has gone to the bench early in the second half but so has Pep Guardiola. The Southampton boss introduces defender Romain Perraud to replace Moussa Djenepo.

He’s going to be needed as Guardiola sends Erling Haaland to replace Jack Grealish.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:10 , Michael Jones

51 mins: Close! There’s a nervous atmosphere descending on the Southampton fans as Manchester City have started the second half strongly.

They get something to cheer about again when Adam Armstrong cuts in from the left and blazes a decent effort into the near side netting.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:06 , Michael Jones

48 mins: Chance! Kevin De Bruyne’s first involvement sees he thread a lovely ball up to Julian Alvarez from midfield but the Argentina forward smokes his shot wide of the far post!

Second half: Southampton 2-0 Man City

21:05 , Michael Jones

Southampton kick off the second half looking to defend their two goal cushion.

Pep Guardiola has made a triple change at the half-time break with Manuel Akanji, Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne replacing Kyle Waler, Sergio Gomez and Cole Palmer.

HT Southampton 2-0 Man City

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Will Pep Guardiola look to the bench immediately or will he trust the starting XI to get the comeback on?

Kevin De Bruyne has been warming up at half-time.

HT Southampton 2-0 Man City

20:55 , Michael Jones

Over at the City Ground the other quarter-final is getting back underway for the second half. Willy Boly’s first half strike is still the only difference in that match between Nottingham Forest and Wolves.

Forest lead 1-0 and as it stands will be joining Newcastle, Manchester United and Southampton in the semi-finals.

HT Southampton 2-0 Man City

20:51 , Michael Jones

Moussa Djenepo scored his first goal for Southampton since March 2021 and it was a scorcher. Could he have helped the Saints into the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

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Half-time: Southampton 2-0 Man City

20:47 , Michael Jones

45+1 mins: What a start to this quarter-final tie. Southampton came out of the blocks quickly and forced Man City onto the back foot. They were brave and bold in possession and scored two brilliant goals to head into the break with a two-goal cushion.

Expect changes from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City in the second half. They’ve got 45 minutes to turn this tie around.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

20:45 , Michael Jones

44 mins: Sergio Gomez flicks a cross into the penalty area and Ilkay Gundogan barely gets a touch to the ball before it’s booted away from him.

James Ward-Prowse looks to kick a counter-attacking into gear but a heavy first touch takes the ball away from him.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

20:43 , Michael Jones

41 mins: Pep Guardiola is sat deep in thought on the side of the pitch. He wouldn’t have been expecting this start to the game and will be thinking ahead to any half-time changes he can make.

His opposite number, Nathan Jones, is very animated in the dugout. Telling his players what to do and updating them with fresh instructions.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

20:41 , Michael Jones

38 mins: Whether it’s patience or otherwise there seems to be a reluctance from City to whip crosses into the box. It’s as though they think that Southampton are more competent at clearing aerial balls.

Instead they’re trying to run the ball into the penalty area but Southampton have all but two men back to defend meaning there is very little space to thread the ball into.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

20:35 , Michael Jones

35 mins: Pep Guardiola’s men have a very strong record when down by two goals. In the five matches that has happened City have gone on to win twice, draw twice and lose just once. Can the Saints inflict a second defeat on them tonight?

The visitors push up the pitch and whip the ball into the penalty area. Southampton have plenty of men back now though and boot the ball clear without too much trouble.

Southampton 2-0 Man City

20:34 , Michael Jones

32 mins: Southampton’s lead is a fully deserved one. They’re playing with a confidence that seems to have come from their victory over Crystal Palace last time out.

A win tonight would be a huge result for the Saints and manager Nathan Jones. Can they use this lead to their advantage?

GOAL! Southampton 2-0 Man City (Djenepo, 28’)⚽️

20:29 , Michael Jones

28 mins: What a finish this is! Southampton beat the Man City press and slide the ball down the inside left channel where it comes to Moussa Djenepo.

He brings the ball inside and glances at goal spotting that Stefan Ortega is off his line. The midfielder rolls the ball onto his right foot before lobbing a shot from 20-odd yards over the City goalkeeper and getting it to dip underneath the crossbar!

Southampton have a two goal lead.

Southampton 1-0 Man City

20:28 , Michael Jones

27 mins: Close! A misplaced pass gives the ball back to Southampton where it comes to Ibrahima Diallo in the middle of the pitch. He turns the ball towards the Man City goal before sliding a pass in between Kalvin Phillips and Aymeric Laporte.

James Ward-Prowse makes the run but the pass is too heavy and Stefan Ortega comes out to scoop up the ball.

Southampton 1-0 Man City

20:27 , Michael Jones

26 mins: That opening goal could be crucial for Southampton’s chances tonight. They’ve now got something to hold onto but should tell themselves it’s still 0-0.

The Saints need to keep up this tempo and verve and hope to nick a second goal before they can think about defending a lead. City are too good at breaking teams down to take the risk at 1-0.

GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Man City (Mara, 23’)⚽️

20:23 , Michael Jones

23 mins: Great goal from the Saints!

Twice Southampton recover the ball in the middle of the pitch before Lyanco steps up and drives towards the Manchester City penalty area down the inside right channel.

He curls a low pass into the box where Sekou Mara sprints in front of Kyle Walker and turns the ball into the back of the net with a powerfully hit strike!

Southampton 0-0 Man City

20:22 , Michael Jones

21 mins: Pep Guardiola won’t be worried but he’ll be a little unnerved by how confident Southampton are playing. The home side have been the better team so far.

Southampton 0-0 Man City

20:21 , Michael Jones

18 mins: Southampton are giving this a good go tonight. They don’t look scared to take the attack to Manchester City and are keeping a solid shape when forced to defend.

Lyanco flicks a pass over the top and picks out Sekou Mara in the penalty area. He brings the ball under control, spins around Kyle Walker then hooks a shoot wide of the far post!

Decent chance that one.

Southampton 0-0 Man City

20:16 , Michael Jones

15 mins: Moussa Djenepo gets clipped as he tries to work the ball through midfield. He goes down and Southampton win a free kick.

James Ward-Prowse guides it over to the right where Djenepo turns the ball up to Adam Armstrong. He spins into space and whips a pacey cross into the box but City manage to clear the danger.

Southampton 0-0 Man City

20:12 , Michael Jones

12 mins: In the other quarter-final of the night Nottingham Forest have taken the lead over Wolves and it’s the former Wolves defender, Willy Boly, who has the opening goal. Forest lead 1-0.

Ilkay Gundogan tries to weave his way into the left side of the penalty area but Lyanco nicks the ball away from him and Gavin Bazunu clears the Southampton lines.

Southampton 0-0 Man City

20:09 , Michael Jones

9 mins: Save! A corner from Southampton is played short then worked into the box from the right wing.

The ball bounces off a coupe of heads before dropping kindly to Duje Caleta-Car who smokes a left-footed shot at goal and forces a low, sharp stop out of Stefan Ortega who palms it wide of goal.

Southampton 0-0 Man City

20:07 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Chance! Mohammed Salisu dallies too long on the ball and is closed down by Phil Foden who blocks the attempted pass forward.

Cole Palmer gets to the loose ball and drives into the penalty area before sliding it across to the arriving Ilkay Gundogan. Gundogan shoots first time but pulls his effort wide of the far post!

Southampton 0-0 Man City

20:04 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Corner to Man City! Joao Cancelo looks to play the ball inside from the right wing but his pass is cut out by a back-tracking Adam Armstong. He clears the ball but belts it towards his own byline and gives away the first corner of the game.

Phil Foden swings in the set piece but Southampton’s tall centre-backs win the aerial ball and nod it away.

Kick off: Southampton 0-0 Man City

20:02 , Michael Jones

Manchester City get the ball rolling in the fourth and final quarter-final of this season’s Carabao Cup. Kyle Walker-Peters presses up the pitch quickly and piles the pressure on Joao Cancelo who flicks the ball back into his own box.

Stefan Ortega comes out and tidies up for City but Southampton’s aggressive start has excited the home fans.

Southampton vs Man City

19:59 , Michael Jones

Here come the teams.

Manchester City are the favourites to go on a lift the Carabao Cup this season but first they’ll have to get past Southampton. The Saints haven’t performed in the Premier League this year but they’ve impressed in the cups and have played with a bit of bite.

Pep Guardiola’s team have never lost a domestic quarter-final tie though and it’ll be a big test for Southampton to get past tonight.

Southampton vs Man City

19:52 , Michael Jones

The warm-ups are over at St. Mary’s and the teams are getting ready to head onto the pitch. In the other quarter-final of the night Nottingham Forest and Wolves have already kicked off at the City Ground.

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Southampton’s Carabao Cup record

19:48 , Michael Jones

Southampton have progressed from three of their four League Cup ties against Manchester City however they lost the most recent meeting in 2019/20.

Three of Southampton’s last five League Cup ties have gone to penalties, with Saints eliminating Sheffield United (2021/22) and Sheffield Wednesday (2022/23), but losing out to Chelsea in last season’s fourth round.

More from Jones

19:43 , Michael Jones

“It’s a cup game, we don’t want to keep the scoreline down, [or have] a respectable loss. In realistic terms it’s not the end of world, but it’s not what we’re looking at.

“We want to be aggressive, front-footed, continue our development. It’s a massive task, as Chelsea found out. They looked like they rested a lot of players and kept players back for this game.

“We know it will be tough, but a great test, a wonderful game - Man City at home in a quarter-final.”

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Jones on facing Man City

19:38 , Michael Jones

Southampton boss, Nathan Jones, spoke about what it’s like to take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final tonight.

“It’s probably the toughest test you can possibly have.” he said, “They are one of the best in the world, but it’s the quarter-finals of a cup so you know it’s a shoot-out.

“It’s winner takes all so we need a strong home performance.”

Carlos Alcaraz joins Southampton

19:32 , Michael Jones

Southampton have confirmed transfer of midfielder Carlos Alcaraz from Racing Club.

20-year-old Alcaraz signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at St Mary’s, becoming the second signing this month, following on the arrival of Croatia international winger Mislav Orsic last week.

He made his debut for Racing Club at the age of 17, in January 2020, quickly establishing himself as a regular and going on to make a total of 83 appearances for the side.

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Can Kalvin Phillips be more than just Rodri’s understudy at Manchester City?

19:27 , Michael Jones

The last time Kalvin Phillips started a game, it was a historic low. England’s 4-0 evisceration by Hungary in the Nations League was their heaviest home defeat since 1928. It was the day Gareth Southgate was told by the England fans that he didn’t know what he was doing. It was seven months ago, and in part because of the World Cup, it feels longer.

The last time he began a club match, it was another season and ended in the high of saving his hometown club from the drop. Leeds’ 2-1 win at Brentford in May meant they leapfrogged Burnley to stay up on the final day. More than three-quarters of Phillips’ appearances for United came in the Championship but, while his departure was long expected, victory meant they were not returning there.

And now, belatedly, he is set to make a long-awaited full debut for Manchester City. Phillips has played 90 minutes for his new club, but spread across six substitute appearances in four competitions, the first more than five months ago. Since then, he has had shoulder surgery and returned in time to go to the World Cup, where he came off the bench twice. He returned overweight and was dropped from the squad for the last round of the Carabao Cup against Liverpool. Now he is set to face Southampton in Wednesday’s quarter-final.

Can Kalvin Phillips be more than just Rodri’s understudy at Manchester City?

Southampton vs Man City

19:22 , Michael Jones

The Saints have arrived and are ready to go. Can they shock Man City tonight?

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What is Newcastle’s semi-final record ahead of Carabao Cup tie?

19:15 , Michael Jones

Newcastle reached their first semi-final for 18 years when they beat Leicester on Tuesday evening to make it to the last four of the Carabao Cup.

The Magpies have not won a domestic trophy since 1955 and collected their last piece of major silverware 14 years later when they lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, although there have been near misses, including two Premier League runners-up finishes, along the way.

Here we take a look at the semi-finals the Tyneside club has contested since they last tasted glory.

What is Newcastle’s semi-final record ahead of Carabao Cup tie?

Southampton vs Man City team changes

19:10 , Michael Jones

Nathan Jones makes five changes to the Southampton team that defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup last time out. Kyle Walker-Peters and Moussa Djenepo return to the back line with Ibrahima Diallo, Romeo Lavia and Sekou Mara adding firepower through midfield and up top.

Pep Guardiola keeps a similar team to the one that battered Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cup. Joao Cancelo comes in to replace Manuel Akanji with Bernardo Silva and Rodri dropping out of midfield in favour of Ilkay Gundogan and Kalvin Phillips.

Up top Jack Grealish replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Southampton line-up

19:05 , Michael Jones

Southampton XI: Bazunu, Djenepo, Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Salisu, Walker-Peters, Diallo, Lavia, Ward-Prowse, Mara, A. Armstrong

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Man City line-up

19:04 , Michael Jones

Man City XI: Ortega, Cancelo, Walker, Laporte, Gomez, Phillips, Gundogan, Foden, Palmer, Alvarez, Grealish

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Who will reach the semi-finals?

18:55 , Michael Jones

Newcastle and Manchester United are both already through to the next round of the Carabao Cup and they’ll be joined by the last two semi-finalists tonight.

Nottingham Forest are taking on Wolves in the earlier kick off at 7.45pm before Southampton vs Man City kicks off at 8pm. The team news from the Etihad Stadium will be out imminently.

Manchester City’s route to the quarter-final

18:50 , Michael Jones

Manchester City entered the Carabao Cup at the third round stage and were drawn against Chelsea. Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez both scored to send Pep Guardiola’s men through with an easy 2-0 win.

They next drew Liverpool and played the Reds in the first game back following the World Cup break. City took the lead twice but Liverpool responded both times.

Nathan Ake the popped up in the 58th minute send City 3-2 ahead and the Premier League champions closed out the game to eliminate the current Carabao Cup holders.

Southampton’s route to the quarter-final

18:45 , Michael Jones

Southampton have faced three League One opponents on their route to the quarter-final, claiming victory over Cambridge United and Sheffield Wednesday in the second and third rounds respectively.Che Adams bagged a brace in the fourth round of the competition was enough to overcome Lincoln City, despite the Premier League side falling behind after just two minutes at St Mary’s.

Can Nathan Jones’ men go one further and reach the semi-finals?

Manchester United edge past Charlton and into Carabao Cup semi-finals

18:40 , Michael Jones

The greatest compliment to Charlton Athletic may have come on the hour. Manchester United were leading the League One side, but by a solitary goal and Charlton were impudent enough to show plenty of resistance. And so Erik ten Hag made a triple substitution.

On came Marcus Rashford, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro and the Englishman duly scored a double, the second from the Brazilian’s pass, to take his tally to seven goals in six games. Ten Hag’s deluxe deputies duly helped United reach a third Carabao Cup semi-final in four seasons, and perhaps a third meeting with Manchester City at that stage in the same time. Yet while United posted an eighth successive win, it felt too close for comfort until Rashford’s late intervention. Harry Maguire and Tyrell Malacia were booked for fouls as Charlton sought an equaliser. Instead, Rashford took United a step nearer a first trophy since 2017.

Charlton, with a side comprised largely of free transfers, loans and youth-team graduates, can reflect that they were beaten by a brace from perhaps the most in-form player in the country and one from an £85 million buy. If Antony is a one-trick pony, at least it is quite a trick. Charlton can console themselves with the thought that Arsenal and City let in goals with certain similarities to the Brazilian; it sometimes seems that he has trademarked the trick of cutting inside and shooting from 20 yards. If Premier League defenders have started to become more aware of it, Corey Blackett-Taylor, formerly of Tranmere, made the mistake of standing off Antony and affording him room to shoot. He duly found the top corner for his second goal in as many games.

Manchester United edge past Charlton and into Carabao Cup semi-finals

Newcastle storm into Carabao Cup semi-finals with dominant win over Leicester

18:35 , Michael Jones

Six years ago Leicester City were Premier League champions contemplating a Champions League knockout tie with Sevilla, while Newcastle had just lost to Championship rivals Blackburn. The two clubs’ switch in status was laid bare here in another brilliant display by Eddie Howe’s side, whose dominance could best be measured not by their two-goal win but by the sheer quantity and quality of chances spurned.

For much of the game Newcastle scooped up fistfuls of xG, then proceeded to scatter them anywhere but the back of the net. Bruno Guimaraes and Sean Longstaff conspired to miss the best of the bunch but Callum Wilson, Miguel Almiron and Joelinton were also left scratching their heads at various moments in the first hour, wondering if this would be one of those nights when the net never bulged; the threat of an instant penalty shootout with no extra time loomed in the background with the score goalless.

But then Dan Burn transformed into prime David Ginola to break Leicester’s resistance, Joelinton added another on the counter, and Newcastle’s place in the last four was secure. They have reached the League Cup final only once in their history, losing to Manchester City in 1976, and the same opponents may well need to be dislodged either in the semi-finals or final if they are to finally win it in 2023. But this is slowly but surely developing into a Newcastle side like no other, and they will fear no one, not even the Premier League champions. Indeed on this evidence, who would relish two legs against Newcastle right now?

Newcastle storm into Carabao Cup semi-finals with dominant win over Leicester

Kalvin Phillips ‘ready’ for first Man City start in Carabao Cup quarter-final

18:30 , Michael Jones

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has declared Kalvin Phillips “ready” ahead of the England midfielder potentially making his first start for the club on Wednesday.

After joining from Leeds last summer, Phillips, who underwent shoulder surgery in September, only made four substitute appearances for City prior to the World Cup.

Following the tournament in Qatar, the 27-year-old was then described by Guardiola as having returned overweight and not in condition to do training sessions or play.

He has subsequently come off the bench twice against Chelsea as City beat them 1-0 away in the Premier League last Thursday and then 4-0 at home in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Kalvin Phillips ‘ready’ for first Man City start in Carabao Cup quarter-final

Man City hoping to win Carabao Cup again

18:25 , Michael Jones

Manchester City are aiming to win the League Cup for the sixth time in eight seasons and the fifth time under Pep Guardiola.

The City boss has won the League Cup four times, making him the joint record holder alongside Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.

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Pep Guardiola on Kalvin Phillips

18:20 , Michael Jones

Pep Guardiola took the time to speak about Kalvin Phillips and what he can bring to the Manchester City side if he can find and replicate the form he discovered at Leeds.

"I think [it takes] a bit of time for some aspects but he’s ready and we are delighted about that," said Guardiola. "I think he’s an intelligent player - normally holding midfielders are so clever and intelligent - and has an incredible work ethic in the training sessions.

"He was educated at Leeds with Marcelo Bielsa, with Jesse Marsch [as well] but especially Marcelo, the fact of the commitment every training session, every game.

“So I don’t have doubts about that - but of course there are patterns and movements, things that need time and games and games. He arrived this season and unfortunately was injured which meant he could not be there, but that’s why step by step he will get it."

When is Carabao Cup semi-final draw?

18:15 , Michael Jones

The Carabao Cup returns this week with the quarter-final stage of the competition.

There will be a new winner of the trophy this season after Liverpool were knocked out by Manchester City in the fourth round.

Manchester City are looking to regain the Carabao Cup after winning the tournament in the previous four seasons - and it is Pep Guardiola’s side who are strong favourites.

On Tuesday night Newcastle swept Leicester aside as Manchester United beat Charlton to reach the semi-finals.

Here’s everything you need to know:

When is Carabao Cup semi-final draw?

Southampton vs Man City prediction

18:10 , Michael Jones

Another semi-final beckons for Pep Guardiola and his team, while Nathan Jones’ men will have to face more fan unrest unless they pull of a big shock.

Southampton 0-4 Man City.

Southampton vs Man City predicted line-ups

18:05 , Michael Jones

Southampton XI: Bazunu, Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Salisu, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Aribo, Maitland-Niles, Edozie, Elyounoussi, Adams

Man City XI: Ortega, Lewis, Stones, Laporte, Gomez, Rodri, Gundogan, B Silva, Palmer, Grealish, Alvarez

What is the team news?

18:00 , Michael Jones

Southampton remain without a string of potential starters including full-back Tino Livramento, centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap and winger Theo Walcott. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is also out.

The only definite absentee for City is Ruben Dias, though it’s likely a number of fringe players or occasional starters could line up for Guardiola.

Stefan Ortega should start in goal therefore, with Sergio Gomez and Cole Palmer among the others hoping to get significant game time.

How to watch Southampton vs Man City

17:55 , Michael Jones

Southampton play Man City on Wednesday 11 January 2023 with kick-off set for 8pm GMT.

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Ultra HD. Subscribers can stream the game via the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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Southampton vs Man City

17:12 , Michael Jones

Good evening and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup as Southampton host Manchester City for a place in the last four.

Newcastle and Manchester United have already reached the next round after their respective victories yesterday whilst Nottingham Forest and Wolves kick off their quarter-final at 7.45pm tonight.

The domestic cup competitions have been something of a haven for Southampton this season as their league form has seriously declined. They are bottom of the Premier League with no wins in seven games yet are flying through both cups having swept past Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup third round last time out.

Manchester City meanwhile are looking to win this competition for the fifth time in six years under Pep Guardiola having missed out last season when West Ham knocked them out via a penalty shootout. Kalvin Phillips is expected to start and make his case to become City’s holding midfielder but Guardiola will be more focused on progression to the next stage of the competition.

We’ll bring you all the build-up, team news, and action throughout the night so stick with us to find out who will reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals.