After securing a place in the last 16 and a mouth-watering clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League,
So far, the Citizens have sailed comfortably through the competition, picking up convincing wins against the likes of Preston and Southampton – with their upcoming fixture against Oxford expected to be another walk in the park.
However, the League One side did manage to thrash West Ham 4-0 in the third round of the competition, before beating Sunderland on penalties in the round of 16.
Can they really put up a similar fight against this high-flying Manchester City side? Here’s 90min’s preview of the game.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||18 December 2019|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:45 (GMT)|
|Where Is It Played?||The Kassam Stadium|
|TV Channel/Livestream?||Sky Sports Football|
Manchester City’s long list of injury concerns continue to be the focal point of their inconsistent season with the likes of Lerory Sane, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones all out with long-term problems.
Sane and Laporte are both out until early next year, following ACL problems that they picked up earlier this season. John Stones has also been hit with another injury as the centre back limped off in Manchester City’s disappointing result with United, with his return date still unknown.
Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero still hasn’t returned to training, following a thigh injury in their 2-1 victory over Chelsea with the Argentinian still in doubt for the upcoming fixture. However, David Silva could potentially make a return after picking up a small injury in the game against Manchester United earlier this month.
On the other hand, Oxford United have been dealing with their own set of injury concerns with the absence of James Henry playing a main factor in their end to their unbeaten run at the weekend with a disappointing 1-0 defeat against MK Dons. However, Cameron Brannagan and Shandon Baptise are both back in the squad, after spending time in the treatment room.
|Oxford United||Archer; Cadden, Dickie, Mousinho, Ruffels; Skyes, Rodriguez, Brannagan; Hall, Taylor, Fosu|
|Manchester City||Bravo; Walker, Otamendi, García, Mnedy; Gundogan, Herdandez, Foden; Mahrez, Jesus, B.Silva|
Head to Head Record
In terms of head to head, Manchester City hold the upper hand with seven wins against Oxford’s five.
In fact, the two teams last met in the Carabao Cup last year. Last time round, the two sides came face to face in the third round – and the result ended in a 3-0 win to Guardiola’s men.
Despite Pep Guardiola’s worst start to a season in his managerial history, Manchester City still sit third place in the Premier League. Yes, there might be 14 points between them and current leaders Liverpool, but the Sky Blues are still considered as one of the best in the world - and their most recent 3-0 victory against Arsenal prove they are still miles ahead other teams in the league.
However, Manchester City have been inconsistent at the best of times – recording a 2-1 defeat against rivals Manchester United the previous week as well as a shocking 2-2 draw against Newcastle last month.
Meanwhile, Oxford United have been on a pretty good run. Despite their 1-0 defeat against MK Dons at the weekend, the O’s were on an impressive 11 games unbeaten run in the league. Karl Robinson’s side currently sit eight in League One and have picked victories against Southern United in their most recent fixtures.
Here’s how the two teams have performed in their last five games.
|Oxford United||Manchester City|
|MK Dons 1-0 Oxford United (14/12)||Arsenal 0-3 Man City (15/12)|
|Oxford United 0-0 Shrewsbury (07/12)||Dinamo Zagreb 1-4 Man City (11/12)|
|Exeter City 0-0 Oxford United (04/12)||Man City 1-2 Man United (07/12)|
|Walsall 0-1 Oxford United (30/11)||Burnley 1-4 Man City (03/12)|
|Southern United 0-4 Oxford United (23/11)||Newcastle 2-2 Man City (30/11)|
Carabao Cup or not, we all know how much Pep loves a trophy – and his inability to sit back will be proven once again come Wednesday.
Even with Oxford’s impressive run of form and their hopes of gaining revenge on the champions for their last meeting, it should still be a comfortable win for the Citizens with a place in the semi-finals firmly in their grasp.
Prediction: Oxford United 0-3 Manchester City