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Capital One Cup: Iheanacho Battles Aluko For Semi-Final Slot

Capital One Cup: Iheanacho Battles Aluko For Semi-Final Slot

By James Agberebi:

The quarter-final stage of the Capital One Cup takes place Tuesday and Wednesday this week with eight teams slugging it out for places in the last four.


On Tuesday, Manchester City will entertain Championship side Hull City at the Etihad Stadium, and Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho should feature for the Citizens.

Iheanacho, who was benched in City's weekend clash against Southampton on Saturday in the league, was instrumental in their 5-1 round of 16 win against Crystal Palace. The 19-year-old scored a goal and provided two assists in the emphatic win against Palace.   


Hull City will hope to bounce back from their 2-0 home loss to Derby County in Friday's Championship clash. The trio of Sone Aluko, Chuba Akpom and Moses Odubajo, who were in action against Derby, are expected to play a part against City on Tuesday.

The 2014 FA Cup finalists saw off high-flying Leicester City on penalty shootout in the last round after regulation time ended 1-1.

At the Britannia Stadium, Stoke City will welcome conquerors of Arsenal in the previous round, Sheffield Wednesday.
To get to this stage, the Potters had to rely on penalties to see out holders Chelsea despite having a player sent off.

In action against Chelsea on the night was Osaze Odemwingie, who converted one of the spot kicks but has since not featured in Stoke's last four league games.

The other fixture for Tuesday will see Middlesbrough play host to Everton at the Riverside. While the only game on Wednesday is between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium.

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