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  • Chris Sobey


Premier League leaders Manchester City are still alive on all four competition fronts this season after they knocked Leicester City out of the Carabao Cup at the King Power Stadium and it ended 2-1, after extra-time and penalties. Leicester were fortunate to get to penalties after receiving a big slice of good fortune when they were awarded a controversial penalty seven minutes in to injury time, which Vardy scored to take the encounter in to extra-time and subsequently penalties. Cup competitions are the only competitive games where City have not won in normal time this season (except when they lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in group stages of Champions League earlier this season), which were at home against Wolves in this competition and it ended 0-0 after 90 minutes and last night against Leicester that ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

City will now wait to see the result of tonight’s quarter final between Bristol City and Manchester United at Ashton Gate and the Citizen’s and the Red Devils fans will be desperate to get another chance to face off against each other before they meet again in the league for the return fixture. Arsenal kept their hopes of winning some sort of silverware this season alive after they scrapped past London rivals West Ham 1-0 at the Emirates last night. The game wasn’t much of an improvement on their recent Premier League encounter at the London Stadium which ended 0-0 and Danny Wellbeck’s first half strike just before the break was enough to settle the match and book the Gunners place in the semi-finals.

Arsenal will face the winners of the one remaining Carbao Cup quarter-final that plays tonight between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. This looks like another night when the favourites should capitalise on their superiority, but I expect the opposition to put up a spirited fight and there should be plenty of goals and entertainment as a result. The domestic football action returns on Friday with a Premier League and Championship fixture to kick off the festivities before a full set of Premier League and EFL matches on Saturday to get stuck in to.

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