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Wednesday's Sport: United seek Wembley spot without key man Eriksen

Old Trafford is the venue for Wednesday's big football fixture, as Manchester United and Nottingham Forest do battle for a place in the EFL Cup final.

There is plenty of other sporting action to look forward to on 1st February, with big games in Italy and Spain as well as two international cricket matches.

EFL Cup: Red Devils close to League Cup final appearance

WhatManchester United v Nottingham Forest
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When20:00, Wednesday 1st February
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsManchester United 2/5, Draw 15/4, Nottingham Forest 7/1

Manchester United look to have one foot in the EFL Cup final on 26th February, taking a 3-0 lead into their second leg with Nottingham Forest.

An impressive display at the City Ground last week has put Erik ten Hag's men in a strong position to make it to Wembley for the first time since 2017, when they lifted this trophy.

The hosts though will have to seal the deal without Christian Eriksen, who is facing around three months on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Forest have moved themselves four points outside of the Premier League relegation zone but will hope to further boost squad confidence with a memorable comeback.

Cricket: South Africa seek England clean sweep

WhatThird ODI – South Africa v England
Where The Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
When 11:00, Wednesday 1st February
How to watch Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket
Odds South Africa 11/10, England 8/11

South Africa have already clinched their one-day series against England, but will want to finish on a high and improve their chances of making the 50-over World Cup.

The Proteas went into the three-match series looking to gain enough ranking points to avoid having to play qualifiers to reach the World Cup later this year.

A 3-0 series success should move them into the top-eight of the standings and confirm their spot in the main draw for the tournament in India, which takes place in October.

England have slipped to fourth in the ODI rankings, with the current world champions having won just one of their last eight 50-over matches.

Cricket: Black Caps target India T20 series win

What Third T20 International – India v New Zealand
Where Ahmedabad, India
When  13:30, Wednesday 1st February
How to watch  YouTube
Odds  India 4/9, New Zealand 7/4

New Zealand are looking to end their difficult white-ball tour of India on a high, as they attempt to clinch a T20 series victory with success in Ahmedabad.

After losing the ODI series 3-0, the tourists took the opening T20 fixture by 21 runs before India bounced back, winning the second T20 clash by six wickets in a low scoring affair.

In a much-changed Black Caps side, experienced heads such as Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell – who scored an unbeaten 59 in the first T20 – could be crucial. Mitchell is 5/1 to be New Zealand’s top batter on Wednesday.

It is a tough ask though, as India have won 47 of their last 55 bilateral series’ in all formats of the game and only Australia and South Africa have won in India during that time.

Coppa Italia: Tuscany showdown for Italian Cup last-four spot

What Fiorentina v Torino
Where  Stadio Artemio Franchi
When  17:00, Wednesday 1st February
How to watch  Viaplay

Fiorentina and Torino will meet in Florence on Wednesday night, looking to make it through to the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

It's been 22 years since the hosts were last crowned Italian Cup winners, while you have to go back to 1993 for the last time Torino lifted the trophy.

It’s the visitors though that are currently higher in the league standings, sat eighth in Serie A – three points ahead of their opponents.

Fiorentina beat Sampdoria 1-0 at home in the last-16, while Torino won by the same after extra-time at the San Siro against AC Milan.

La Liga: In-form duo square off in Spain

What Real Betis v Barcelona
Where  Estadio Benito Villamarin
When  20:00, Wednesday 1st February
How to watch Viaplay, La Liga TV and bet365 Sports Live Streaming
Odds  Real Betis 4/1, Draw 14/5, Barcelona 4/6

Two of the top-six meet at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on Wednesday night, as Real Betis play host to league leaders Barcelona.

Betis – 11/2 to finish in the top-four - currently sit in the European places after losing just one of their last four games, including a 1-0 win at Getafe last time out.

Barca though have opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table after going nine games without defeat – with Xavi’s men having kept clean sheets in their last three league matches.

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