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Oxford United v Manchester City - Live Blog

Can The Blues Progress In The League Cup?

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That’s all from me. Look out for our Quotes and tweets from Saul and the match report and player ratings will follow.

Goodnight blues


Phil Foden showing what he is about, involved in all three goals, scoring the third and City avoid a shock.

Same can’t be said for Burnley, who lost 2-1 at Burton and United being beaten 2-1 by Frank Lampard’s derby County.


FULL TIME: The blues avoid a potential banana skin and earn their place in the next round with a comfortable win.

Oxford 0-3 Manchester City


GOAL: Phil Foden has finally opened his City account and it is well deserved for the youngster 0-3


Chance: Phil Foden comes close again to opening his City account but denied by the palms of the Oxford keeper 0-2


Disallowed goal: Gabriel Jesus scores again but Raheem Sterling was offside in the build up 0-2


GOAL: From an Oxford attack, the blues break and Riyad Mahrez scored the goal that could settle this tie. 0-2


Substitution: Ilkay Gundogan replaces David Silva 0-1


Kick Off: The second half is under way


Answer to the pre match questions

Oxford have appeared in one League Cup final, but still won it. Which current Premier League team have appeared in two finals and won them both? Wolves

Which current Premier League side have lost three times more finals than they have won? Arsenal (W2 L6)

Which goalkeeper was signed by City in 1988 after his penalty save in the 1988 League Cup final set Luton on the comeback trail to win the cup 3-2? Andy Dibble

Which Championship side were the first winners of the League Cup? Norwich City

How many different names as the league Cup been known by and can you name them all? 10 - Football League Cup, Littlewoods Challenge Cup, Rumbelows Cup, Coca-Cola Cup, Worthington Cup, Carling Cup, Capital One Cup, EFL Cup, Carabao Cup

HALF TIME: City take the lead nine minutes before half time. They have looked comfortable but Oxford could still be a threat.

Oxford 0-1 Manchester City


Close: Riyad Mahrez with a chance for his second after being set up by Silva, the ball whistling past the post 0-1


GOAL: Gabriel Jesus gets his second goal of the season and City take the lead. Phil Foden started it, out to Diaz whose cross is deflected and Jesus nods it home 0-1


Shot: David Silva has a chance but the shot goes narrowly wide of the post 0-0


Shot: Zinchenko hits one from range, parried by the keeper 0-0


Oxford getting more into the game now after that goal was disallowed. Still 0-0


Goal disallowed: Jesus puts the ball in net but it’s ruled out for offside 0-0


15 minutes in and still 0-0. No chances so far for either side. Come on City


City with all the pressure and forcing a few early corners but with no end result. 0-0


Balloon Invasion - a yellow balloon invades the pitch.


KICK OFF: Come on City


In case you don't know, there’s no extra time tonight, so if it’s a draw at full time, it’s straight to penalties. No messing about City!


Getting closer to kick-off so let’s throw a few stats in before it starts.

The record win in a league cup tie is 10-0, when West Ham beat Bury in 1983 and Liverpool beat Fulham by the same score in 1986.

The biggest aggregate win in a semi-final is 9-0, when City beat West Ham on their way to winning the trophy in 2014.

The biggest win in a final came in 2013, when Swansea hammered Bradford 5-0.

Former City striker Clive Allen holds the record for the number of goals scored in the League cup in one season, when he scored 12 for Spurs in the 1986/87 season

And most penalties in a deciding penalty shoot-out stands at 32, when Derby beat Carlisle 14-13 in 2016.

There you go, you’re now ready for the League Cup pub quiz.


A quick look at some of the other matches going on tonight and there could be a couple of shocks in store.

Burton host Premier League Burnley and Fulham make the short trip to South London to face Millwall, both of which have the potential to create an upset. Wycombe Wanderers host Norwich and West Brom, relegated from the Premier League last season, host Crystal Palace. And, of course, Frank Lampard takes his Derby County side to Old Trafford to face United, whose manager Jose Mourinho has stated that Paul Pogba will never captain the team again. Seems to be a tiny bit of discord at our neighbours. We’re not laughing though...honest...


A few league Cup questions for you to keep you busy until kick off. No Googling the answers, there’s no prizes and you’re only cheating yourself!

Oxford have appeared in one League Cup final, but still won it. Which current Premier League team have appeared in two finals and won them both?

Which current Premier League side have lost three times more finals than they have won?

Which goalkeeper was signed by City in 1988 after his penalty save in the 1988 League Cup final set Luton on the comeback trail to win the cup 3-2?

Which Championship side were the first winners of the League Cup?

How many different names as the league Cup been known by and can you name them all?

Answers at half time. Step away from Google


64 places separate Oxford and City at the moment, with the blues sitting pretty in second place in the Premier League, while Oxford look uncomfortable in their second from bottom place in League One. But as we have seen before, league form can often go out of the window in cup competitions. Check out our piece on some of City’s previous misdemeanour in this competition here.


Team News:

City have made ten changes from the 5-0 victory over Cardiff, but still field a strong team as Pep Guardiola shows his determination to retain the trophy.

Oxford make four changes from their weekend home defeat to Walsall, and are captained tonight by 20 year old Shandon Baptiste.

Oxford: Mitchell, Long, Nelson, Dickie, Garbutt, Hanson, Baptiste, Whyte, Brannagan, Holmes, Obika.

Manchester City: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Silva, Diaz, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus


Good evening and welcome to our live blog as City take on Oxford United at The Kessam Stadium. The blues are out to defend the trophy they won in style last February, but face a tricky tie against their League One Opposition. Will they progress or can Oxford pull off a shock result?

Team news to follow shortly