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League Cup draw: Man City, Liverpool, Spurs drawn away in 3rd round

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The Premier League’s big(gest) boys are set to join the League Cup party in the next round, with last season’s top-seven sides learning their third-round opponents during Wednesday’s draw.

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Defending League Cup holders Manchester City will begin their defense away to EFL Championship side Preston North End, while their PL title rivals Liverpool will visit League Two side MK Dons.

Tottenham Hotspur were the other top-six side drawn away from home, as they’ll travel to League Two’s Colchester United. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United were drawn as home sides, set to face Nottingham Forest, Macclesfield Town or Grimsby Town, and Rochdale, respectively.

PL side Southampton will be away to League One side Portsmouth as the two sides renew their south-coast rivalry at Fratton Park.

Third-round fixtures are set to be played the week commencing Sept. 23.

Full League Cup third-round draw

Preston North End v. Manchester City
MK Dons v. Liverpool
Colchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal
v. Nottingham Forest
Chelsea
 v. Macclesfield Town/Grimsby Town
Manchester United v. Rochdale
Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Reading
Sheffield Wednesday v. Everton
Oxford United v. West Ham United
Watford v. Swansea City
Brighton & Hove Albion v. Aston Villa
Sheffield United v. Sunderland
Portsmouth v. Southampton
Burton Albion v. Bournemouth
Luton Town v. Leicester City
Crawley Town v. Stoke City

League Cup: Everton survive scare; Foxes beat Magpies

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A roundup of all of Wednesday’s League Cup action…

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Lincoln City 2-4 Everton

Everton went 1-0 down to League One side Lincoln after 21 seconds, but Marco Silva‘s side turned things, but the Toffees then just about threw it all away, only to survive and advance to the third round via Alex Iwobi‘s 81st-minute winner.

Harry Anderson put the home side ahead right after kickoff, and the Imps remained out in front for more than half an hour. Lucas Digne pulled Everton back to level terms in the 36th minute. Gylfi Sigurdsson converted from the penalty spot in the 59th minute, at which point the disaster appeared to have been averted. Not so fast.

Bruno Andrade pulled Lincoln back to 2-2 in the 70th minute, but the underdogs’ bid for the massive upset was undone by Iwobi in the 81st and Richarlison in the 88th.

Burnley 1-3 Sunderland

Speaking of League One underdogs taking on Premier League sides, Sunderland made light work of Burnley with three goals in a red-hot, 15-minute sprint to the third round.

Jay Rodriguez put the Clarets ahead in the 11th minute, but Will Grigg (35th), Tom Flanagan (47th) and George Dobson (50th) turned the narrow deficit into a wide advantage in next to no time.

Newcastle United 1-1 (2-4 PKs) Leicester City

James Maddison scored a stunning free kick in the 34th minute and Yoshinori Muto scored the other side of halftime, canceling one another out and sending Newcastle and Leicester to a penalty shootout at St. James’ Park.

Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden failed to convert for Newcastle, both denied by Kasper Schmeichel.

Bournemouth 0-0 (3-0 PKs) Forest Green Rovers

League Two side took PL big boys Bournemouth to penalty kicks, but failed to convert any one of their three attempts from the spot. Joshua King, Dominic Solanke and Philip Billing were successful during the penalty shootout, while Jordon Ibe was the lone Cherry to be denied.

Elsewhere in League Cup action

Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Portsmouth
Swansea City 6-0 Cambridge United
Rotherham United 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

LIVE, League Cup: Newcastle v. Leicester headlines

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Five more Premier League teams are in League Cup action on Wednesday, as Newcastle United host Leicester City in the only all-PL affair in the second round.

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Brendan Rodgers and Steve Bruce will both fancy their chances of making a deep run in the competition and it will be a lively encounter at St James’ Park, especially with the home side buoyed by their sensational win at Tottenham on Sunday.

It will be intriguing to see how strong a lineup both managers put out considering they have very winnable home games this weekend.

Other PL clubs in action include Bournemouth who face Forest Green Rovers, while Burnley host Sunderland and Everton travel to Lincoln City in tricky tests for all three squads. QPR host Portsmouth in the pick of the ties across England and Wales on Wednesday.

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Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s games, which all kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET, and we will have you covered with all of the analysis post-game.


Wednesday’s League Cup games

QPR v. Portsmouth
Newcastle United v. Leicester City
Burnley v. Sunderland
Swansea City v. Cambridge United
Bournemouth v. Forest Green Rovers
Lincoln City v. Everton
Rotherham United v. Sheffield Wednesday
Grimsby Town v. Macclesfield Town

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

LIVE, League Cup: Eight Premier League teams in action

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Eight Premier League teams enter the League Cup at the second round stage on Tuesday, and plenty face tricky tests away from home against lower-league opposition.

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West Ham United head to Newport County, who have been very handy at causing upsets in cup competitions over the past few seasons, while Aston Villa head to Crewe, Brighton travel to Bristol Rovers, Norwich go to Crawley and Southampton head to Fulham.

Watford host Coventry City hoping to grab their first win of the season, while Sheffield United host Blackburn and Crystal Palace host Colchester as both teams are expected to rest plenty of starters.

Aside from the PL clubs in action there are some tasty all-Championship clashes set up with bitter rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest going head-to-head at the City Ground, while Leeds host Stoke City.

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Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s games, which all kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET, and we will have you covered with all of the analysis post-game.


Tuesday’s League Cup second round games

Newport County v. West Ham United
Crewe v. Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v. Colchester United
Watford v. Coventry City
Sheffield United v. Blackburn Rovers
Fulham v. Southampton
Bristol Rovers v. Brighton & Hove Albion
Crawley Town v. Norwich City
Nottingham Forest v. Derby County
Leeds United v. Stoke City
Preston v. Hull City
Grimsby Town v. Macclesfield Town
Southend United v. MK Dons
Plymouth Argyle v. Reading
Burton v. Morecambe
Rochdale v. Carlisle United
Oxford United v. Millwall
Cardiff City v. Luton Town