Southampton v Man City LIVE commentary: Erling Haaland and co look to pile misery on struggling Saints in Carabao Cup quarter final – kick-off time, team news and talkSPORT coverage

    Manchester City will look to continue marching towards reclaiming the Carabao Cup when they face Southampton in the quarter-finals.

    Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed a run of four consecutive EFL Cups before Liverpool ensured a different name was on the trophy last year.

    Man City have gone up a gear after successive wins over Chelsea


    Man City have gone up a gear after successive wins over Chelsea

    However, City have already eliminated the reigning holders this time around, having similarly ended Chelsea’s hopes across both domestic competitions.

    Southampton are the next top-flight rivals standing in their way, but City have cause to be confident having ran out 4-0 winners when the two sides met back in October.

    Southampton v Manchester City: talkSPORT coverage  

    This Carabao Cup quarter-final will take place on Wednesday, January 11. 

    Kick-off at St Mary’s is scheduled for 8pm. 

    talkSPORT will have live coverage of the game presented by Adrian Durham. 

    Commentary will then come from Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    City have fallen behind in the title race but Guardiola won’t give up without a fight


    City have fallen behind in the title race but Guardiola won’t give up without a fight

    Southampton v Manchester City: Team news

    The hosts are without Armel Bella-Kotchap due to a knee injury, with the defender joining Alex McCarthy, Theo Walcott, Juan Larios, Valentino Livramento and Stuart Armstrong on the sidelines.

    Former Man City trio Romeo Lavia, Gavin Bazunu and Sam Edozie are all in line to face their old club and Mislav Orsic could make his debut.

    The visitors will continue to reshuffle their backline with star defender Ruben Dias still nursing a back issue.

    But Jack Grealish is expected to be back after illness, with Ederson set to be rested in favour of Stefan Ortega.

    Southampton came from behind to beat Crystal Palace


    Southampton came from behind to beat Crystal Palace

    Southampton v Manchester City: What has been said?

    Guardiola heaped praise on Mahrez for his recent form, with the Algerian grabbing a brace to down Chelsea last time out.

    “The quality of Riyad is everything. He loves to play football, he helped us to play the game,” Guardiola said.

    “It was really good. It was a fantastic free-kick. He played an outstanding game.

    “He never lost his love. He loves to play football. The way he is training now and playing was exactly the same in Abu Dhabi. Riyad in important games is fantastic.

    “The last game he didn’t start at Stamford Bridge and the impact he had was incredible.

    “When they play in this way, and maybe complain [about not playing every game] I say ‘yes, you’re right’.

    “Before, he cannot complain because he wasn’t playing at the level he is now. It’s not just about quality, it’s more in football, you have to do more.

    “[But] now since we came back for World Cup, he is playing really, really well.”

    Mahrez is beginning to show signs of returning to top form


    Mahrez is beginning to show signs of returning to top form

    Southampton v Manchester City: Match facts

    • Riyad Mahrez has scored four goals in his last four League Cup games, as many as he had in his first 15 in the competition for Manchester City.
    • Southampton’s Che Adams has scored five goals in his last three League Cup appearances, netting a brace in both of his games this season. Overall he’s scored in five different League Cup games, netting multiple goals in four of these.
    • Manchester City have lost just two of their 29 League Cup matches under Pep Guardiola (W22 D5), with both of those defeats coming against Manchester United. The only club other than Man Utd to eliminate Guardiola from the competition are West Ham, doing so on penalties last season.
    • 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.
    • Manchester City have won their last eight League Cup quarter-final ties, going on to win the trophy each of the last six times they’ve reached this stage. They last lost in this round of the competition in 2007-08 (0-2 vs eventual winners Spurs).
    • Southampton have been eliminated from seven of their last eight League Cup quarter-final ties, though they did win their most recent one 2-0 against Arsenal en route to the final in 2016-17.
    • Man City have lost just one of their 15 meetings with Southampton in all competitions under Pep Guardiola (W11 D3), winning the last two by 4-1 and 4-0 scorelines respectively.
    • Southampton have progressed from three of their four League Cup ties against Manchester City, but did lose the most recent one in 2019-20.


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