Excitement is building in the Carabao Cup with just four teams left battling it out for the historic trophy.
Erik Ten Hag is aiming to lift his first major trophy as Manchester United boss and secured his team’s place in the semi-final with a 3-0 victory over Charlton.
High flying Newcastle continued their strong performances at St James’ Park and reached the last four of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 1976 after a 2-0 win over Leicester.
Nottingham Forest are dreaming of rolling back the years in this competition and edged out Wolves with a penalty shoot-out victory. The Reds won this tournament four times during the Brian Clough era.
The biggest shock of the quarter-final games was Southampton’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City. The result will help ease the pressure on under-fire manager Nathan Jones who is aiming to turn his club’s fortunes around.
The four remaining teams are all hoping to get a step closer to glory with a victory in their semi-final encounter. But when do their Carabao Cup semi-final fixtures take place and who is the favourite to lift the historic trophy?
Here is everything you need to know.
Carabao Cup semi-final draw
The Carabao Cup semi-final draw took place on Wednesday 11 January and was conducted by former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha and Lioness icon Jill Scott.
Here is the draw for the Carabao Cup semi-final:
- Southampton vs Newcastle
- Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United
When will the Carabao Cup semi-final be played?
The semi-final will be played over two legs with the first fixtures on the week commencing 23 January and the second leg taking place a week later on the week commencing 30 January.
The exact date of the fixtures is yet to be determined but based on the rest of the competition it is likely that the fixture will be played on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.
When is the Carabao Cup final 2023?
The 2023 Carabao Cup final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 26 February. An exact kick off time for the game is yet to be confirmed, although based on last season’s final we can expect the game to get underway at around 4.30pm.
Manchester United are the favourites to lift the Carabao Cup. The Red Devils have enjoyed a great resurgence in recent weeks under Erik Ten Hag and have won all of their six games after the bombshell departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ten Hag is aiming to end Man Utd’s six year wait for a major trophy - their last honour was the Europa League in 2017 when they were managed by Jose Mourinho.
High flying Newcastle are the second favourites to lift the trophy and Eddie Howe is hoping to write his name into the history books by lifting the Carabao Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
Newcastle last reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup in 1976 and this is their first domestic semi-final in all competitions since 2005.
Premier League strugglers Southampton are the third favourites to win the trophy. The Saints are currently bottom of the league and have failed to win a league game under new manager Nathan Jones.
Despite their poor form, they produced an excellent performance to eliminate pre-tournament favourites Manchester City.
Nottingham Forest are viewed as outsiders by the bookmakers heading into the semi-final and will be without goalkeeper Dean Henderson against his parent club Manchester United.
Steve Cooper’s side have historically been successful in this competition and are hoping to lift the trophy for the first time in 33 years.
Here are the current odds for the Carabao Cup according to the bookmakers at Bet 365. (Odds correct as of Thursday 12 January)
- Manchester United - 5/6
- Newcastle - 6/4
- Southampton - 11/1
- Nottingham Forest - 14/1