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Oxford United vs Manchester City at The Kassam Stadium

The Kassam Stadium Referee : Roger East
25th September 2018 7:45 PM (BST)
  • 0 Oxford United

  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘36 Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘78 Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘92 Phil Foden


Commentary By Rob Pollard



"I would have liked my goal to have come much earlier (in my senior career) but it's come now and it's a great feeling.

"Hopefully, it's the first of many!"



"It's hard to put into words - it hasn't fully sunk in.

"I've dreamed of this moment, growing up as a City supporter.

"My first goal is special to me and I'm happy to have helped the team to get the win.

"Mostly, when I was dreaming (about scoring for City), it was in the Premier League but in any competition, it's special to get your first goal.

"I'm happy to get it. I couldn't contain myself - I ran off, mad!"




"Yes, (I saw everything I wanted to see). If the players are here, it is because we trust them. I know how nice the guys are - I see it in every single training session and how they live in the locker room. I am so satisfied."


Jesus has the ball in the back of the net but it's chalked off for offside. Sterling adjudged to have been offside in the build up. I'm really not sure about that...


City deal with Nelson's long throw and break quickly. Foden plays a fine pass to set Mahrez free. The Algerian gets it under control, races clear and finishes emphatically. Superb. 


Zinchenko with ANOTHER brilliant cross-field pass to Mahrez. This one - on the volley - the best of the lot. Mahrez shoots and forces a fine save from Mitchell. 


Credit to the Oxford players, they've thrown themselves in front of everything in this half. Tackles, blocks, interceptions - anything to keep City at bay. 


Game following similar pattern to first half already. City knocking it around, probing and trying to find a route to goal. Oxford happy to sit back and soak it all up. 


Foden plays a brilliant left-footed pass to Diaz, who controls inside the area, turns his man and shoots. The 'keeper saves it but it falls to Jesus a few yards out, and he nods home. 


The greatest sign of Guardiola's imprint is that even when he changes the side, like he has tonight, our style remains. Doesn't matter who plays, we play the same way. 


Pep on Mahrez at Cardiff

"He played good. He’s a guy who’s going to help us a lot. He’s a special talent and in front of the goal he has incredible quality. We are so satisfied with him."


Cup stats

City have failed to score in just four of 17 domestic cup matches (League Cup and FA Cup) under Pep Guardiola - but three of the teams to stop them scoring were outside the top flight at the time (Huddersfield Town, Wolves and Wigan Athletic).



City have won their past five League Cup third-round ties since losing 4-2 to Aston Villa in September 2012, scoring 20 goals in those five games.


New(ish) territory

This is Oxford's first third-round League Cup match since November 2002, when they lost 3-0 against Aston Villa. They have not reached the fourth round since the 1997-98 season.


Rare fixture

The two sides have never met in the League Cup but have face each other once before in a cup competition - as City won 5-2 in the FA Cup in January 1974, with Rodney Marsh scoring once and Mike Summerbee and Denis Law twice each.


Midfield role for Stones?

John Stones in midfield again? That's my prediction based on that team. He ended Saturday's game and looked comfortable, and did the same in the Community Shield. 


Team news!

Starting Eleven 

49. Aro Muric

3. Danilo

4. Vincent Kompany (C)

5. John Stones

21. David Silva

26. Riyad Mahrez

30. Nicolas Otamendi 

33. Gabriel Jesus

35. Oleksandr Zinchenko 

47. Phil Foden

55. Brahim Diaz


31. Ederson 

2. Kyle Walker 

7. Raheem Sterling 

8. Ilkay Gündogan

14. Aymeric Laporte

19. Leroy Sané 

82. Adrian Bernabe


Last time

Oxford United have not faced City since March 1998 in a second-tier match - the U's won 2-0 at Maine Road with goals from Jamie Cook and Joey Beauchamp. 



Don't forget: there's no extra-time this evening. The match goes straight to penalties should it be a draw after 90 minutes. 

Also, there's no VAR in use, unlike in five of tonight's other matches. 


EDS team named

XI | Scott, Diounkou, Rosler, Ogbeta, Frimpong, Pozo, Poveda, T. Dele-Bashiru, Gonzalez, F. Nmecha, Matondo.

SUBS | Harwood-Bellis, Anderson, Richards, Fiorini, Knight, Ogunby, Simmonds.


EDS also play tonight...


Tonight's Carabao Cup Third Round fixtures

Blackpool v QPR

Bournemouth v Blackburn

Burton v Burnley

Millwall v Fulham

Oxford Utd v Man City

Preston v Middlesbrough

Wolves  v Leicester

Wycombe v Norwich

Man Utd v Derby

West Brom v Crystal Palace

Other games that day

  • West Bromwich Albion0
    Crystal Palace3
  • Manchester United2
    Derby County2
  • Bournemouth3
    Blackburn Rovers2
  • Burton Albion2
  • Preston North End2
  • Wycombe Wanderers3
    Norwich City4
  • Blackpool2
    Queens Park Rangers0
  • Millwall1
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers0
    Leicester City0
  • Liverpool0
  • Nottingham Forest0
    Stoke City0
  • Arsenal0
  • Tottenham Hotspur0