Manchester United vs Hull City (1st Leg)

Manchester United will be looking to add to their impressive recent form in Tuesdays match at Old Trafford. United have won their last 8 games in all competitions for the first time since 2009. Jose Mourinho's men come into the semi final on the back of a routine win against Reading that saw captain Wayne Rooney become the joint top scorer in the clubs history alongside Sir Bobby Charlton.

Defensive problems

Hull City's new manager Marco Silva, who oversaw his first game in the weekends 2-0 FA Cup victory over fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea will be aiming for what would be a huge upset and to get Hull to their first League Cup final.

He will however have to do it without potentially any specialist defenders after an injury crisis further depleted his thread bare squad. The Portuguese manager said "We had two midfielders at centre back against Swansea and this is not normal".

Mourinho confirms starters

United manager Mourinho confirmed after the weekends game that some of United's first choice side will return at Old Trafford "In the next game against Hull City we are going to play again with fresh players. So it's easy to know our team - Zlatan, Pogba, Herrera, Valencia. the guys who didn't play today". Two players who won't be appearing for United are Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin who have both been linked with moves to Everton after asking to leave the Manchester club.


Southampton vs Liverpool (1st Leg)

Liverpool will be hoping for a repeat of last seasons League Cup fixture when they face Southampton on Wednesday.

The Merseyside club ran out 6-1 winners on their way to the final with Divock Origi scoring a hattrick and England striker Daniel Sturridge scoring twice.

Change in luck

The eight time winners of the competition will be hoping to add to the poor run of form the St Mary's side find themselves in. The weekends draw with Norwich in the FA Cup saw Southampton end a three match losing streak.

Liverpool also failed to win at the weekend and could only draw 0-0 at home with Plymouth whilst fielding a large number of youngsters.


In contrast to Liverpool, Southampton have found goals hard to come back in the Premier League this season and have only scored 19 times in 20 games. They did however beat Arsenal at the Emirates in the last round and will be looking to get a lead against another big club ahead of the second leg at Anfield.

Transfer request

One player missing for Southampton will be captain Jose Fonte. The Portuguese defender has handed in a transfer request and the players manager Claude Puel said on Monday " You know the situation with Jose. I respect Jose and this is not easy for him, the squad or the staff. He is a good professional, but we have to respect this situation"

Coutinho return?

Returning for Liverpool according to manager Jurgen Klopp could be Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who has been injured for the past seven weeks. Klopp "I think Phil is fit enough to be part of the squad, it means it could be (getting) minutes, but it depends on the game"