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Preview: EFL Cup Semi-Final second legs

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12:36 24th January 2017

by Alex Butcher

Wembley is in sight for this season's EFL Cup semi-finalists, with just one game lying between them and a place in the final on 26th February 2017.

The conclusion of the last-four ties will be reached this week, with Sky Sports screening both games live. On Wednesday, the cameras will be at the home of Liverpool, where last year's finalists will need to overturn a one-goal deficit against Southampton if they are to reach the showpiece.

Twenty-four hours later, Hull City play host to Manchester United, trailing 2-0 from the first leg at Old Trafford.

Referees: Click here for the EFL Cup Semi-Final second leg match officials

Liverpool v Southampton (0-1)

Southampton hold the most slender of advantages ahead of Wednesday night's trip to Anfield, with Nathan Redmond scoring the only goal in the St Mary's meeting a fortnight ago.

REVIEW: Southampton edge Liverpool in Semi-Final first leg

If Liverpool are to advance, then they'll have to do what no other team has done in the EFL Cup this season – breach the Saints' backline.

Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Arsenal, and now Liverpool, have all tried and failed, but the Reds do boast the competition's top scorer in Daniel Sturridge, who has 10 goals in his last nine EFL Cup appearances.

Hull City v Manchester United (0-2)

Manchester United are firmly in the driving seat ahead of their Thursday night visit to the KCOM Stadium, having secured victory in the first leg courtesy of Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini goals.

REVIEW: Manchester United defeat Hull City in Semi-Final first leg

Hull are seeking a maiden appearance in the competition's showpiece, but the Tigers have it all to do, having failed to beat Thursday night's opponents since 1974.

United, on the other hand, have lifted the famous trophy on four occasions in their history. The Red Devils last reached the final in 2010, defeating Aston Villa 2-1, and boast a three-time winner in charge.

Manager Jose Mourinho enjoyed EFL Cup success with Chelsea over two spells, most recently winning the competition in 2015.

Follow the EFL Cup live!

Sky Sports will be screening both EFL Cup Semi-Final second legs.

Liverpool versus Southampton is an 8pm kick-off on Wednesday 25th February, while Thursday's semi-final gets under way at 7:45pm.

You can also keep up to speed with the EFL Cup by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and searching for the #EFLCup hashtag!

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