Carabao Cup: Man United to battle Man City again next month

Carabao Cup: Man United to battle Man City again next month

- The Carabao Cup semi-final is drawing to a close and will see Man City and Man United renew their rivalry on the pitch

- Leicester City and Aston Villa will battle for the final berth in the second semi-final encounter

- The Citizens are the defending champions and will be eyeing their seventh EFL Cup title this season

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Manchester City have been paired with city rivals Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final clash scheduled for 7 January.

The Citizens reached the fourth stage of the championship following their 3-1 victory over lower league side, Oxford FC, at the quarter-final phase.

Two goals from Raheem Sterling and one from Joao Cancelo sealed the win for the defending champions after a regulation period.

City will be hoping to avenge their 2-1 defeat to the Red Devils when both sides face off next month as they look forward to advancing to the final of the cup competition.

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Pep Guardiola's men were stunned at the Etihad Stadium earlier in December with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial compounding the Citizens' woes in the Premier League.

The EPL defending champions are 14 points behind current log leaders Liverpool after 17 matches - meaning their chance of winning the league for the third straight time might be impossible.

Meanwhile, Leicester City and Aston Villa will battle for the other spot in the final of the competition when they trade tackles almost the same time as City and United clash.

The Foxes are the surprise team of the English topflight season, as they sit second on the table with ten points behind the Reds.

They defeated Everton 4-2 on penalties after both sides had played a 2-2 draw after the game - stretching their unbeaten run to 11 games.

The last time they lost any game was in early October when Liverpool narrowly edged them out 2-1 at the end of the meeting.

The first leg of the semi-final games of the EFL Cup will go down on 7 January, while the final legs in the round will be played on the 28th of the same month.

Liverpool is the most successful club in the history of the tourney with eight titles and finished as runners-up four times.

Man City closely follows them on the chart with six trophies while having finished second just once in the history of the Cup.

Manchester United, Aston Villa and Chelsea complete the top five in that order, having won the title five times, but the Red Devils have finished runners-up more than the other two teams.

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