Straight off the back of a 5-0 win at Cardiff, the blues travel to Oxford to begin their defence of the League Cup, which they won by beating Arsenal 3-0 last season.
This will be the first meeting between the two sides in this competition, and the first time they have met at Oxford since a 0-0 draw in the second division in November 1997.
There have only been seven games played at Oxford, with the blues winning three and losing two. The first meeting was in the FA Cup in January 1974, when the blues comfortably progressed with a 5-2 win. The first two league games played at Oxford’s Manor ground ended in defeat; 3-0 in March 1985 and 1-0 the following September.
The blues are unbeaten in four matches at Oxford; September 1986 saw the two teams play out a 0-0 draw, before Oxford joined City in the second division in 1988. That season, the blues promotion chasing blues were 2-0, but staged a remarkable comeback to win the match 4-2. In February 1987, the blues visited Oxford and recorded a 4-1 win. The last time the two teams met in this fixture was November 1997, when the teams again played out a 0-0 draw.
City have kept two clean sheets in this fixture, but have never won while keeping the opposition out. In all three wins, the blues have scored at least four goals, and have scored 13 in total for the seven games played, while both City defeats have come without the blues scoring (3-0 and 1-0). Oxford have kept four clean sheets in seven games against City, scoring nine goals in those seven games.
How will Tuesday’s game end? We’ll find out in just over 24 hours.