Manchester United vs Southampton , 26 February 2017 , Sunday , Wembley Stadium , London , England , EFL Cup final. Betting tips , predictions and analysis .
How can I follow the final? Sunday’s EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley kicks off at 16:30 GMT. The match will be shown live on Sky Sports, with coverage beginning at 15:45 GMT. MUTV’s day of live coverage starts with a breakfast show at 11:00 GMT, followed by Match Day Live at 13:30 GMT and then live radio commentary of the game itself.
Head-to-head matches: Manchester vs United Southampton
19.08.16 PL Manchester United – Southampton 2 : 0
23.01.16 PL Manchester United – Southampton 0 : 1
20.09.15 PL Southampton – Manchester United 2 : 3
11.01.15 PL Manchester United – Southampton 0 : 1
08.12.14 PL Southampton – Manchester United 1 : 2
What’s the latest team news? Henrikh Mkhitaryan (hamstring) and Michael Carrick (calf) both picked up injuries during Wednesday’s Europa League win and are now doubts for Sunday’s game. Wayne Rooney has also been struggling with a muscle injury but Ander Herrera is set to return from suspension. For United’s opponents, Sofiane Boufal is battling to recover from an ankle injury in time for kick-off, while captain Virgil van Dijk (ankle) and Charlie Austin (shoulder) are longer-term absentees.
How did both sides reach Wembley? Mourinho’s men began the EFL Cup run with a 3-1 victory away to League One side Northampton Town back in September, before a Juan Mata strike earned United a 1-0 victory in a tight Manchester derby to knock out cup holders City at Old Trafford. Braces from Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial helped the Reds ease through a quarter-final tie against West Ham United with a 4-1 triumph. In the semi-finals, the Reds saw off a resilient Hull City 3-2 on aggregate. United won the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford, but the Tigers edged the return 2-1 to end United’s 17-match unbeaten run; it’s their only defeat in the last 25 matches in all competitions.
Southampton, meanwhile, encountered Premier League opposition in all four previous rounds of this year’s EFL Cup. Puel’s outfit overcame Crystal Palace 2-0 in the third round, before a 1-0 victory over Sunderland set up a tough quarter-final clash away at Arsenal. Goals from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand secured a famous 2-0 win for the Saints, who reached their first League Cup semi-final since 1987. In the last four, they recorded a 1-0 first-leg win over Liverpool, before a late Shane Long goal at Anfield doubled the Saints’ aggregate advantage and ensured they reached Wembley without conceding a single goal.
Last matches: Manchester United
22.02.17 EL St Etienne – Manchester United 0 : 1
19.02.17 FAC Blackburn – Manchester United 1 : 2
16.02.17 EL Manchester United – St Etienne 3 : 0
11.02.17 PL Manchester United – Watford 2 : 0
05.02.17 PL Leicester – Manchester United 0 : 3
Last matches: Southampton
11.02.17 PL Sunderland – Southampton 0 : 4
04.02.17 PL Southampton – West Ham 1 : 3
31.01.17 PL Swansea – Southampton 2 : 1
28.01.17 FAC Southampton – Arsenal 0 : 5
25.01.17 EFL Liverpool – Southampton 0 : 1
Recommended Bet : Manchester United Win
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