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League Cup preview: Man City, Spurs aim to avoid away upsets; South Coast Derby

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Berths in the Round of 16 will be granted this week, as the League Cup’s third round hits the United Kingdom.

Seven Premier League teams are in action on Tuesday including holders Manchester City, but the most intriguing match is on the South Coast.

That’s where Portsmouth will entertain Southampton at Fratton Park in the first South Coast Derby in seven years.

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Well, the first the South Coast Derby in seven years. Saints and Bournemouth tangle the New South Coast Derby biannually, but that rivalry seems yet to truly catch on.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has pledged his best XI to deal with the challenge at Pompey, which could not be more fired up for the occasion given the League One side’s early season struggles to replicate last season’s challenge for promotion.

Kenny Jackett’s men have six points from seven league outings, but an upset here could change the tenor of things. As Joe Prince-Wright pointed out in his preview, the heated rivals have met just 10 times in the last 31 years.

A Pompey defeat of Saints might be the biggest possible upset of the day, although the holders are visiting Preston North End.

City has won two-straight League Cups and seven of eight domestic pieces of silverware including Community Shields.

Bernardo Silva is wary of visiting the Deepdale Stadium, knowing that City’s lone departure from a domestic tournament came at the hands of a lower division side.

“We want to win, but we are away to a team that – I have checked – are doing well this season,” said Bernardo. “People sometimes think games against Championship teams are easy, but they’re not. In the last two seasons I have played for City, some of the most difficult games we have had were against teams from the Championship, and in our first season we were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan from League One.”

We can’t say enough how much we love Bernardo’s insistence that he checked up on PNE.

Tuesday’s League Cup docket
All matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET

Watford v. Swansea City
Preston North End v. Manchester City
Portsmouth v. Southampton
Luton Town v. Leicester City
Sheffield Wednesday v. Everton
Crawley Town v. Stoke City
Arsenal v. Nottingham Forest
Colchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur

League Cup: Norwich City, Palace bounced

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There were extremes in the fortunes of Premier League teams who opened their League Cup runs on Tuesday.

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Aston Villa rang up six goals and struggling Watford posted a 3-0 blowout win, while Norwich City was expelled from the tournament by a League Two side and was Crystal Palace in penalty kicks.

Brighton was taken to the brink as well, but an old friend saved the Seagulls.

Watford 3-0 Coventry City

Ismalia Sarr and Daryl Janmaat scored on either side of half time as the Hornets finally got in the win column following a 0-3 start to the PL season. Adalberto Peñarnda of Venezuela added the third goal.

Crawley Town 1-0 Norwich City

Congolese striker Bez Lubala scored the goal that knocked down the Canaries. Lubala has five goals in six matches for the League Two outfit and is enjoying a new lease on life after failing to make an impact with Birmingham City in the Championship.

The win was the first against top flight opposition in the club’s 120-plus years.

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Newport County 0-2 West Ham United

Jack Wilshere scored right before the break and Pablo Fornais added one off a Felipe Anderson feed soon after halftime as the Irons overcame a stiff challenge from the side that knocked Leicester City out of the FA Cup last season en route to a fifth round exit.

Fulham 0-1 Southampton

Michael Obafemi‘s 57th minute goal was the difference as Saints were ready for the tricky test at Craven Cottage.

Crewe Alexandra 1-6 Aston Villa

The hosts were up to the challenge, but Villa quite clinical as Ezri Konza scored in the fourth minute and Conor Hourihane added two to give the Villans a three-goal halftime lead. Keinan Davis, Frederic Guilbert, and Jack Grealish scored late to heap misery on the hosts.

Sheffield United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Chris Wilder‘s top flight men only managed two shots in the first half, but put them both in the goal.

Bristol Rovers 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

The Seagulls had all of the ball and a first half lead through Aaron Connolly before allowing an equalizer in the second. Glenn Murray — who else? — scored in stoppage time to save Graham Potter‘s men the upset.

Crystal Palace 0-0 (4-5 pens) Colchester United

Roy Hodgson‘s men had a good crew on the pitch, but couldn’t manage much of anything in attack even after inserting Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew.

Penalties started poorly, with U’s goalkeeper Dean Gerken saving Andros Townsend, and the Eagles never recovered.

Oxford United 2-2 (4-2 pens) Millwall

Iceland national team winger Jón Daði Böðvarsson scored both of the visitors goals to put Oxford down 2-0, but Mark Sykes’ 87th minute marker joined James Henry’s stoppage time penalty to make for a remarkable comeback.

Plymouth Argyle 2-4 Reading

Posting this to show how far American striker Andrija Novakovich is from the plans of Reading, who is reportedly open to sanctioning another Eredivisie loan for him. PEC Zwolle is the clubhouse leader according to football-oranje.com.

Elsewhere
Southend United 1-4 MK Dons
Burton 4-0 Morecambe
Grimsby Town v. Macclesfield (abandoned)
Leeds United 2-2 (4-5 pens) Stoke City
Nottingham Forest 3-0 Derby County
Preston North End 2-2 (5-4 pens) Hull City
Rochdale 2-1 Carlisle
Cardiff City 0-3 Luton Town
Southend United 1-2 Coventry City

League Cup Rewind: Huddersfield Town knocked out

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Huddersfield Town FC learned the hard way on Tuesday how cruel the drop out of the Premier League can be.

Even with parachute payments, Huddersfield’s slashed budget and new-look squad came back to haunt it, as League One club Lincoln City secured a memorable 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Harry Anderson scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, heading home off a cross from Harry Toffolo.

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With the win, Lincoln City advances to the second round, where the club was drawn with Premier League side Everton FC.

Below are the scores from the first round, and the draw for the second round.

Tuesday’s First Round Scores

Tranmere Rovers 0 – 3 Hull City
Grimsby Town 1 – 0 Doncaster Rovers
Wigan Athletic  0 – 1 Stoke City
Port Vale 1 – 2 Burton Albion
Nottingham Forest 1 – 0 Fleetwood Town
Bradford City 0 – 4 Preston North End
Blackpool 2 – 2 (Macclesfield advances on penalty kicks) Macclesfield Town
Blackburn Rovers 3 – 2 Oldham Athletic
Mansfield Town 2 – 2 P Morecambe
Charlton Athletic 0 – 0 P Forest Green Rovers
Colchester United 3 – 0 Swindon Town
AFC Wimbledon 2 – 2 P Milton Keynes Dons
Oxford United 1 – 0 Peterborough United
Queens Park Rangers P 3 – 3 Bristol City
Plymouth Argyle 2 – 0 Leyton Orient
Wycombe Wanderers 1 – 1 P Reading
Gillingham 2 – 2 P Newport County
Stevenage 1 – 2 Southend United
Luton Town 3 – 1 Ipswich Town
Walsall 2 – 3 Crawley Town
Bristol Rovers 3 – 0 Cheltenham Town
Brentford 1 – 1 P Cambridge United
Coventry City 4 – 1 Exeter City
Swansea City 3 – 1 Northampton Town
Accrington Stanley 1 – 3 Sunderland
Scunthorpe United 0 – 1 Derby County
Rochdale 5 – 2 Bolton Wanderers
Middlesbrough 2 – 2 P Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town 0 – 4 Rotherham United
Sheffield Wednesday Postponed Bury
Salford City 0 – 3 Leeds United
Barnsley 0 – 3 Carlisle United
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 2 Millwall

Second Round Draw

Man City obliterates Burton Albion 9-0 in Carabao Cup

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Manchester City started a strong lineup in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal against League One side Burton Albion, and boy did it pay off.

Pep Guardiola‘s side put on an attacking clinic for the ages as they hammered Burton 9-0 as Gabriel Jesus picked up four goals, while five other blue shirts found the back of the net, including Kevin De Bruyne, Kyle Walker, and Riyad Mahrez.

A few Manchester City starters were rested, with Sergio Aguero not in the squad and Ederson, John Stones, and Raheem Sterling all on the bench, but de Bruyne, Walker, and Jesus all found the starting lineup as did David Silva and Ilkay Gundoguan, and the lower league minnows never had a chance.

De Bruyne scored just five minutes in to begin the onslaught, and Manchester City never looked back. Jesus opened his bursting account on the half-hour mark, and doubled his number four minutes later thanks to a great chip from Gundoguan.

Jesus had his hat-trick just before the hour mark, and bagged a fourth five minutes past it. Academy product Phil Foden also got in on the action in the 62nd minute as City scored four goals in a 13-minute second half span. Oleksandr Zinchenko also scored, and Mahrez’s messy effort trickled in with seven minutes remaining to complete the demolition.

After putting seven goals past Rotherham in early FA Cup action last time out, Manchester City becomes the first English club to record at least a combined 16 goals across two consecutive fixtures since they did it back in 1987 (source: Opta). Burton Albion had achieved much just to reach this point of the competition, having already defeated Premier League side Burnley back in the third round and taking down fellow Championship clubs Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, and Middlesbrough on its way to the semifinals.

Manchester City takes its incredible goalscoring form back to the Premier League where they face newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday followed by a Sunday meeting with Huddersfield Town, before the second leg against Burton Albion which will be little more than a formality.

League Cup preview: Leicester takes on Man City

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The quarterfinals of the 2018/19 Carabao Cup have arrived, and there’s a Premier League matchup waiting for us on which to feast.

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Leicester City is set to take on Manchester City, the third straight Premier League opponent for the Foxes in this competition after having knocked off Wolves and Southampton, both via penalty shootouts. Manchester City, meanwhile, has breezed past Oxford United and Fulham by a total scoreline of 5-0.

That about sums up how many expect this matchup to go, as Manchester City sit as heavy favorites in the 2:45 p.m. ET meeting at King Power Stadium. These two teams have not met yet this season, with their first Premier League fixture scheduled for Boxing Day. That means former Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez could face his old club for the first time since moving to Manchester City this past summer.

Man City attacker Kevin De Bruyne returned from his six-week injury absence over the weekend, coming on for a 15-minute cameo in the 3-1 win over Everton. De Bruyne could reportedly feature in this matchup as City eases him back into action, however it’s also feasible that Pep Guardiola decides to keep him healthy and return him to full action in the team’s upcoming weekend Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace. Sergio Aguero, however, could see significant time as he returns from a groin injury. The Argentinian striker has not played since late November, but is reportedly ready to return.

For Leicester City, Ben Chilwell is still out injured and Jonny Evans is suspended, while Jamie Vardy could be rested, according to the BBC.

These two teams met in the quarterfinals last season as well, with Leicester City eliminated on penalties. It was the fourth time in as many Cup meetings that the Foxes were knocked out by Man City.

Elsewhere, a lower-league matchup takes place as Championship side Middlesbrough takes on League One club Burton Albion at Riverside Stadium. The visitors were relegated from the Championship last season and sit 15th in the English third tier so far this campaign, while Middlesbrough has hopes of promotion to the Premier League, sitting sixth at the moment, a season after falling in the playoffs to eventual champions Fulham last time around.

This year marks the first time in the club’s history that Burton Albion has progressed past the third round of the League Cup. “I still can’t quite believe Burton Albion are in the last eight of a major cup competition,” manager Nigel Clough said.