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Manchester City, Everton eye semi final berth – Capital One Cup Preview

Manchester City are set to be without striker Sergio Aguero when they host Hull City in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The Argentina international limped off with an ankle injury in City’s 3-1 win against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

However, City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down the severity of the problem, saying it was merely a “kick in the heel”.

The Chilean, who has fond memories of the competition after winning it as his first trophy in English football in 2014, is likely to resist the temptation to field a weakened line-up against the Championship high flyers.

Hull boss Steve Bruce, meanwhile, hopes his side can recreate their FA Cup heroics of 2014 at the Etihad.

The Tigers led Arsenal 2-0 in the FA Cup final at the end of the 2013-14 season, before eventually losing 3-2, and Bruce feels there is a good chance to make it to all the way to another major cup final.

Middlesbrough and Everton battle it out for a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Fresh from their dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United in the previous round, Aitor Karanka’s side will be looking to book their place in the last four at the expense of another Premier League team. Just three games stand between Boro and a place in February’s final at Wembley, and with it a chance of emulating their League Cup winning campaign in 2004.

They will be hoping to make home advantage count against an Everton side who head to the Riverside Stadium in a rich vein of goalscoring form.

The Toffees have scored 15 goals in their last five games in all competitions and, similarly to Boro, booked their place in the quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory, over Norwich City.

With Arsenal, Chelsea and United having all been dumped out of the competition at earlier stages, this year’s tournament presents Everton with a realistic chance of ending a 20-season wait for silverware.

Stoke City will be without suspended captain Ryan Shawcross for the Capital One Cup quarter-final with Sheffield Wednesday.

The defender will serve a one-match suspension after being sent off for two yellow cards in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Sunderland.

Sheffield Wednesday head into the tie on the back of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Blackburn in the Sky Bet Championship.

Wednesday, who lifted the trophy in 1991, have dumped out Premier League sides Arsenal and Newcastle en route to the last eight.

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