Southampton became the first team to book their place at the 2016-17 EFL Cup final after seeing off Liverpool. Tonight sees them discover who they will face at Wembley as Hull host Manchester United.
Hull City will be without Ryan Mason after the horrific event at Chelsea on Sunday. Curtis Davies is out with a hamstring issue meaning that Omar Elabdellaoui could make his debut. Lazar Markovic could also make his debut after signing a loan deal earlier this week.
Manchester United will have Marcus Rojo back along with Luke Shaw. Eric Bailly won’t feature following Ivory Coast’s shock early exit from the African Cup of Nations.
Man Utd carry a 2-0 lead on aggregate from the first leg at Old Trafford but should expect a tougher test at the KC Stadium.
Hull might still be reeling from Mason’s head injury but will want to produce an impressive performance in front of the home fans. Markovic will want to make an instant impact and prove why he still deserves a place in English football so will be a danger man to watch out for on the pitch.
Both sides have FA Cup fixtures on Sunday so will be keen to save some of their strongest players for that competition. The Red Devils will however face a fixture pile up, should they reach the final and progress in Europe because rescheduling their local derby with Manchester City will get more difficult to arrange.
- Hull are unbeaten at home in the League Cup across the past two seasons.
- Manchester United have progressed to the final whenever they had the advantage from the first leg.
Hull will be up for this fixture knowing that they have everything to gain or lose. Booking a place in the final against Southampton will be the morale booster that they need although a win will do regardless of if they progress or not.
United on the other hand can afford to rest regular first team players as long as they don’t spectacularly collapse and throw away their lead. With their defence in such strong form, it shouldn’t happen but then again, stranger things have happened.
Prediction: Hull 1-2 Manchester United (United win 4-1 on aggregate)
Result: Hull 2-1 Manchester United (Manchester United win 3-2 on aggregate)