Three all-Premier League matches highlight Wednesday’s final day of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup (formerly known as the League Cup).
The day only guarantees one lower league club — either Fulham or Bristol City — will advance to the quarters, where it and seven others will join Arsenal, Newcastle, Preston North End, Chelsea, Leeds United, Norwich City, Liverpool, and Reading.
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The highlight, in our mind, is the match-up of two of the last three clubs to win the tournament: Swansea City and Manchester City. It’s another chance to check out Pep Guardiola‘s high-flying Man City, and Swans would be thrilled to find a bit of momentum after being blanked by Southampton this weekend.
Saints will host Crystal Palace, hoping to engineer more momentum after winning in the Europa League and then again against Swans, snapping out of a slow start to the season.
Stoke City will hope to find some swagger — and defense — when Hull City visits, while Manchester United, West Ham, and Spurs aim to avoid upsets from Northampton Town, Accrington Stanley, and Gillingham. Also, QPR will host struggling Sunderland.
Wednesday’s EFL Cup matches
Swansea City-Man City — 2:45 p.m. ET
Northampton Town-Manchester United — 2:45 p.m. ET
Southampton-Crystal Palace — 2:45 p.m. ET
QPR-Sunderland — 2:45 p.m. ET
West Ham United-Accrington Stanley — 2:45 p.m. ET
Fulham-Bristol City — 2:45 p.m. ET
Stoke City-Hull City — 3 p.m. ET
Tottenham Hotspur-Gillingham — 3 p.m. ET