Capital One Cup recap: Depth on display for Manchester City, Tottenham; Kevin Ball wins Sunderland debut

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Midfielder Fernandinho was the only holdover for Manuel Pellegrini. André Villas-Boas returned three. For Manchester City and Tottenham, though, it didn’t matter, with each team using Tuesday’s League Cup action to display the frightening amount of depth they’ve accrued over the summer.

Spurs’ may have been the more impressive result, coming against fellow Premier League competition, but despite the fact it took over 45 minutes to finally break through, Tottenham cruised past Aston Villa, 4-0. Jermain Defoe scored in stoppage time of each half while Paulinho (49th minute) and Nacir Chadli (85th) provided the filling as the likes of Brad Friedel, Vlad Chiriches, Ezekiel Fryers, and Harry Kane got starts at Villa Park.

At the Etihad, recently-relegated Wigan Athletic were given a harsh reminder of Premier League life in a 5-0 loss to Manchester City. Edin Dzeko opened the scoring in the 33rd minute for the Sky Blues, who also got a second half brace from Stevan Jovetic and goals off the bench from Yaya Touré and Jesús Navas. Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, defenders Micah Richards and Dedryk Boyata, and midfielder Marcos Lopes were all in Pellegrini’s starting XI.

It’s common for teams to rotate their squads for early League Cup matches, but the talent City and Spurs were able to field while making wholesale chances was staggering. The Citizens still had the likes of Jovetic, Dzeko, Javi Garcia, James Milner, and Joleon Lescott in their XIs. Villas-Boas had Defoe, Sandro, Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela in his team. Given the clubs’ prodigious summer spending (and selling, in the case of Spurs), a certain amount of depth is to be expected, but when you compare today’s selections with those Arsenal, Manchester United, or Liverpool would field when making mass changes, Tottenham and City’s depth looks particularly strong.

Today, that depth helped them to League Cup routes, but over the course of the season, that depth may prove decisive in league. After their Manchester Derby win, City may have already re-established themselves as title favorites, but having so many options means they’re less likely to suffer prolonged injury or form-related slumps. There’ll be fewer chances for teams to snatch that favorite’s label, just as there’ll be less room for Arsenal slips if they hope to hold off Spurs.

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Emanuele Giaccherini (left) scored the second goal of his Sunderland career on Tuesday, his first half opener proving the game-winnger against Peterborough United. (Photo: Getty Images.)

SUNDERLAND TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS POST-DI CANIO

Two days ago, Sunderland dismissed Paolo Di Canio. Now they have their first win of the season, though in all fairness, they would have likely defeated Peterborough United with the controversial Italian on the sidelines. Today’s 2-0 win was more a function of their opposition than a sign the Black Cats have turned it around.

But interim coach Kevin Ball did make a couple of noteworthy changes. Lee Cattermole got his first start of the season. Instead of going with two strikers, Jozy Altidore was alone in his return to the lineup. The team ditched the 4-2-4 for a more conventional 4-2-3-1 formation. Carlos Cuellar was also back in the team as the Black Cats adopted a much more conventional approach.

Those changes saw them up after 31 minutes when Emanuele Giaccherini scored his second goal in a Sunderland shirt. When Valentin Roberge doubled the lead in the second half, the Black Cats were assured of seeing off their third-tier opposition.

Now comes the hard part: Visits from Liverpool and Manchester United, after which the team will likely have a new boss. Whether that’s Gus Poyet, Roberto Di Matteo, or somebody else, the important thing is Sunderland’s moved on. Today’s win starts to put the Di Canio days behind them.

OTHER RESULTS

  • West Ham United 3-2 Cardiff City: Ricardo Vaz Te’s 87th winner sees off the Bluebirds.
  • Burnley 2-1 Nottingham Forest: Daniel Ings scores twice to sent the Clarets through.
  • Southampton 2-0 Bristol City: Gaston Ramirez’s 14th minute goal ends up being the game-winner.
  • Swindon Town 0-2 Chelsea: Fernando Torres, Ramires help Blues to second-straight win.
  • Watford 2-3 Norwich City: Canaries need extra time, two Gary Hooper goals to reverse a 2-0 deficit.
  • Hull City 1-0 Huddersfield Town: Nick Proschwitz’s 59th winner helps Steve Bruce avoid the upset.
  • Leicester City 2-1 Derby County:  Antony Knockaert and Daniel Drinkwater turn around Chris Martin’s 42nd minute opener.
  • Fulham 2-1 Everton: Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent hand Roberto Martinez his first Everton loss.

Ukraine to join Spain-Portugal host bid for 2030 World Cup

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) Hosting World Cup matches in 2030 would be “the dream of people who survived the horrors of war,” Ukrainian soccer federation president Andriy Pavelko said Wednesday after his country launched a joint bid with Spain and Portugal.

The leaders of the three soccer federations joined together at UEFA headquarters to present a campaign they hope will connect people beyond the world of sports.

“This is the dream of millions of Ukrainian fans,” Pavelko said at a news conference, “the dream of people who survived the horrors of war or are still in the occupied territories and over whom the Ukrainian flag will surely fly soon.”

Pavelko said the project is backed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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The expected Spain-Portugal bid, which has been in the works for more than three years, previously was made UEFA’s preferred candidate. FIFA will vote on the host in 2024.

“Now it’s not the Iberian bid, it’s the European bid,” Spain soccer federation president Luis Rubiales said at the launch. “Together we represent the power of transformation football has in society.”

No details were given about how many games at the 48-team World Cup would be staged in Ukraine or in which cities. The Olympic Stadium in Kyiv hosted the finals of the 2012 European Championship and the 2018 Champions League.

The European bid is expected to face a South American candidacy with co-hosts Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Saudi Arabia, which has built close ties to FIFA and its president, Gianni Infantino, has been preparing a multi-continent bid potentially including Egypt and Greece. It is unclear how Greece would be approved by UEFA to be part of that.

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Crystal Palace vs Leeds: How to watch, live stream link, team news, lineups

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Crystal Palace and Leeds meet Sunday at Selhurst Park in a bid to snap twin four-match winless runs in Premier League play (watch live, 9am ET Sunday on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

Palace has won just once this season, drawing three times and sitting outside the relegation zone on goal differential.

STREAM LIVE CRYSTAL PALACE vs LEEDS

Leeds have three more points, good for 12th on the table.

Former Hudson River derby rival manager Jesse Marsch and Patrick Vieira will both look to kick their seasons forward with a much-needed win in South London.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Leeds.

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Leeds live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 9am ET, Sunday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

Palace has given up 11 goals this season and expected goals say that perhaps it should be worse for the Eagles, who have received four of their seven goals from one man: Wilfried Zaha.

Leeds won’t have Luis Sinisterra, who was sent off last week, but Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo have been producing plenty of attacking moments. Finish has to come next, although Leeds’ 10 goals puts it middle of the pack. Perhaps Patrick Bamford is ready to deliver the goods?


Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Joachim Andersen (calf). OUT: Nathan Ferguson (ankle), Nathaniel Clyne (ankle), Jack Butland (wrist), James McArthur (groin).

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Adam Forshaw (ankle). OUT: Stuart Dallas (thigh), Archie Gray (toe), Luis Sinisterra (suspension).

Newcastle vs Brentford: How to watch, live stream link, team news, lineups

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Newcastle looks to run its Premier League unbeaten run to five when it hosts Brentford at St. James’ Park on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

The Magpies beat up 10-man Fulham last weekend to pick up their second win of the season. Eddie Howe’s team has only lost once, a controversial setback at Liverpool, and sits seventh with 11 points.

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Brentford’s only collected one fewer point than their Saturday hosts, but the Bees have been blanked in consecutive outings and failed to find a way past Bournemouth in a scoreless draw on Oct. 1.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs Brentford.

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How to watch Newcastle vs Brentford live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & star players

Exciting forward Allan Saint-Maximin could return for Newcastle, making an already cohesive unit more dangerous. The 25-year-old has a goal and two assists in four appearances this season and scored in this fixture, a 3-3 draw, last season.

Brentford has scored the fifth-most goals in the Premier League this season — quite good — but only six teams have conceded more than the Bees. Goalkeeper David Raya has made 30 saves, tied for third in the Premier League with… Nick Pope. So perhaps it’s time to expect fireworks.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh). OUT: Karl Darlow (ankle), Alexander Isak (thigh), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Matt Ritchie (calf), Emil Krafth (knee).

Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Ethan Pinnock (knee). OUT: Keane Lewis-Potter (ankle), Pontus Jansson (thigh), Christian Norgaard (tendonitis)

Premier League top scorers: Who is leading 2022 Golden Boot race?

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For those tempted to write off Erling Haaland’s historically-hot start to life as a Premier League striker, we get it: There’s something rather dull about not wondering the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, but just the number of his final tally.

Haaland’s Premier League-leading 14 goals from eight games has him seven goals clear of the next closest challenger: Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

His third hat trick of the season, joined by three Phil Foden goals in Man City’s 6-3 derby win over United, keeps him on pace for more than 60 goals this season, a mark that would

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And even though Haaland is currently overperforming his expected goals total, it’s already becoming clear that projecting him for the Premier League record is not farfetched at all.

Take a look at these digits. Haaland isn’t just punching in goals; He’s made an almost seamless transition to Pep Guardiola’s system, producing chances for others in addition to his powerful self-positioning.

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Haaland is unlikely to hit even 50 goals given the schedule congestion to come for Man City, but the Premier League record is very well under assault

Mohamed Salah holds the 38-game season record with his 32 goals scored for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season, while Newcastle’s Andy Cole and Blackburn’s Alan Shearer bagged 34 during 42-game seasons in the 20th century’s final decade.

Haaland also could topple the record for goal involvements (goals plus assists) in a single season, including beating the 42-game record. Alan Shearer put up 47 over 42, while Thierry Henry holds the 38-game record with 44.

Other records that Haaland could legitimately tie or topple:

  • 30 goals in a first Premier League season (Kevin Phillips, Sunderland, 1999-2000)
  • Goals in 24 different Premier League matches (Salah, Liverpool, 2017-18)
  • Most goals in a Premier League match (Five tied with five)
  • 11-straight Premier League games with a goal (Jamie Vardy, Leicester, 2014-15)

Read on to see the latest Premier League goal totals for the 2022-23 season, as Haaland looks to claim a Golden Boot in his first PL season.

Premier League 2022-23 Golden Boot race

  1. Erling Haaland, Man City — 14
  2. Harry Kane, Tottenham — 7
  3. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham — 6
  4. Phil Foden, Man City — 5
  5. Ivan Toney, Brentford — 5
  6. James Maddison, Leicester City — 5
  7. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool — 5
  8. Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal — 5
  9. Leandro Trossard — Brighton — 5
  10. Three tied with four. (Alexis Mac Allister, Rodrigo, Wilfried Zaha)