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League Cup: Spurs shocked by Colchester United; Saints win derby

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A fierce derby returned after years away, and a League Two side outlasted a Champions League finalist while another fourth-tier entrant clinched a spot in the Round of 16 as well.

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The League Cup delivered the goods on Tuesday.

Colchester United 0-0 (4-3, penalties) Tottenham Hotspur

Lucas Moura smashed the cross bar with Spurs’ fifth penalty kick, and Paulo Gazzaniga couldn’t get to Tom Lapslie’s effort as the U’s advanced to the fourth round and supporters stormed the pitch.

Dean Gerkin stopped Christian Eriksen‘s opening penalty kick to start the extra set, but Jevani Brown’s miss leveled things in the third round.

Spurs were the better side by far despite a lineup with two regular starters in Davinson Sanchez and Dele Alli, as Spurs lined up: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Skipp, Dele, Lucas, and Parrott.

The U’s had not attempted a shot by the hour mark, with Spurs taking a dozen. It was a departure from their defeat of Crystal Palace in the last round, when they went hit for hit with the Premier League mainstays and emerged with a win in penalties.

Courtney Senior was a bright spot for the U’s, lashing a shot wide in the 89th.

Portsmouth 0-4 Southampton

This is certainly one of Danny Ings‘ favorite memories since returning home to the South Coast, as the Winchester-born striker scored twice in the first half to give Saints a halftime lead in the first South Coast Derby match in close to a decade.

The game, like most between the heated rivals, was a busy one, as Kenny Jackett’s League One side Pompey punched above their weight and even out-attempted the visitors for some time. But Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond scored late as Saints outlasted Pompey’s adrenaline to assert their class.

Preston North End 0-3 Manchester City

There was no doubt about this one, though the Championship side put up a better fight than Watford at the weekend.

And to be fair to Watford, City started a much weakened lineup. Seventeen-year-old Taylor Harwood-Bellis started, and mostly impressed, alongside fellow teen Eric Garcia.

Garcia assisted Raheem Sterling on the opener, with Sterling in turn setting up Gabriel Jesus for 2-0. An own goal made it 3-0 before halftime.

Elsewhere

Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest – Gabriel Martinelli scored his first two Arsenal goals, while Emile Smith-Rowe was stretchered off after apparent head injury. Rob Holding, Joe Willock, and Reiss Nelson also scored as Kieran Tierney made his Gunners debut in the shutout.

Crawley Town 1-1 (5-3, penalties) Stoke City – Goals traded in first half as Potters go down to 10 men in 61st minute. Stoke goal scorer Sam Vokes cracked the side’s first penalty off the bar,

Luton Town 0-4 Leicester City – Pretty easy for the Foxes, who rested most of its main men for a Premier League date with Newcastle United. James Justin scores in return to hometown club. Demarai Gray was at the double while Youri Tielemans also scored.

Watford 2-1 Swansea City – Danny Welbeck gets first Hornets goal, but Watford needed a late goal from Roberto Pereyra to push past Swans.435

Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Everton – Two early goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin quickly put upset hopes to bed as Marco Silva gets some relief.

10 players set for breakout seasons in 2019-20 PL

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Every season, a handful of previously unknown — or even unexpected — players turn in performances of the highest quality and find themselves being talked about as the Premier League’s latest “breakout player.”

This will undoubtedly be the case again in 2019-20, but will it be? Here are 10 players primed to reach new heights over the next 10 months…

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Miguel Almiron, Newcastle United — Here’s the thing about the former Atlanta United star: he can really play. It didn’t take long for the Paraguayan to flash his skill and promise after moving to Newcastle last January. Now, try to imagine what he can do with a full offseason and preseason under his belt… if only the departure of Rafa Benitez doesn’t derail this freight train.

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Mason Mount, Chelsea — With the Blues suffering through a two-window transfer ban, new manager Frank Lampard will have no choice but to rely upon a handful of academy players, beginning with the 20-year-old midfielder with whom he worked at Derby County last season. Eight goals and five assists in a solid haul for a teenager, and Mount has made the most of his every chance this preseason.

Reiss Nelson, Arsenal — After a season on loan at Hoffenheim (seven goals), Nelson faces an uphill battle for playing time in a thoroughly stacked Arsenal attack, but he’s got the complete package, plus the versatility, required to force his way into regular minutes.

Lloyd Kelly, Bournemouth — Smart clubs in the PL’s bottom half will have done extensive scouting on EFL Championship players ready to make the jump to England’s top flight, only to be held back by employment at a smaller club. Lloyd Kelly can play left back and center back, and he was outstanding for Bristol City last season. He’s one of a few potential answers to the question “who’ll be the next $60-million British defender?”

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Max Aarons, Norwich City — How does a PFA Championship Team of the Year, EFL Team of the Season and EFL Player of the Year campaign sound for a potential breakout star? Norwich City’s Max Aarons achieved all of the above last season, at the age of 18 and 19, in his first season as a professional.

Morgan Gibbs-White, Wolverhampton Wanderers — The same age as Aarons, Gibbs-White is already a seasoned professional with three seasons under his belt. Now that Wolves are on the path to the Europa League group stage, Nuno Espirito Santo will be forced to rotate his team far more than last season, and he undoubtedly find that Gibbs-White is a handy option in midfield.

Moise Kean, Everton — Kean is fairly well known among those who follow the rest of Europe somewhat closely, but PL-only fans are in for a real treat when the 19-year-old Italian attacker gets his feet under him at Goodison Park.

Youri Tielemans, Leicester City — How Tielemans tumbled this far down the transfer pyramid (all due respect to Leicester, of course) is truly a mystery. It’s not as though he was unknown in any way, or that he’s untested in the PL (he spent the second half of last season on loan to the Foxes), or that any number of PL club could have used a midfielder of his caliber.

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Declan Rice, West Ham United — Sure, Rice announced himself onto the PL stage last season, but 2019-20 feels like the time when he’ll go from “good young player” to “how much will Man City or Liverpool or Man United have to pay for him next summer?” West Ham being more consistent as a team and pushing for top-seven wouldn’t hurt Rice’s stock one bit.

Phil Foden, Manchester City — Is this the year Foden finally pushes his way into Pep Guardiola‘s regular rotation? We’ve been waiting for him to do so for two seasons now, yet he won’t turn 20 years old until after the 2019-20 season ends. Central midfield is still relatively thin at Man City, though that hasn’t stopped Guardiola from refusing to rotate and give Foden chances in the past.

European Transfer Deadline Day wrap-up: PSG, Lyon turn to Stoke, Celtic

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While the Premier League wrapped up its business early, the rest of Europe is waiting another year to adjust to the new summer transfer window deadline.

That means there was a flurry of activity this week, perhaps highlighted by a few notable moves involving English teams sending players elsewhere.

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Chelsea has sent a number of players on loan (Insert joke here).

Forward Tammy Abraham has opted for playing time over staying with Maurizio Sarri, and will go on loan to Aston Villa. Club Brugge is the destination for Eden Hazard‘s younger brother Kylian, while Charly Musonda will head to Vitesse Arnhem.

Lyon signed $23 million Moussa Dembele from Celtic, who will take Filip Benkovic on loan from Leicester City.

Stoke City has sold Maxim Choupo-Moting to Paris Saint-Germain, where the Cameroon attacker signed a two-year deal. PSG also signed Juan Bernat from Bayern Munich.

Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson signed a new deal with the club, then headed on loan to join Hoffenheim. He’ll get the chance to face Man City in the Champions League.

Man City’s Douglas Luiz is again facing work permit issues, and will head back for a second season on loan at Girona.

Arsenal top Chelsea in PKs after late Lacazette goal

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Two scrutinized and new Premier League managers matched International Champions Cup wits Wednesday at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

Arsenal’s Unai Emery emerged the winner against Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri, albeit in penalty kicks, after Alexandre Lacazette‘s 90th minute goal made it 1-1.

[ MORE: Champions League wrap ]

Reiss Nelson sent the ball to Lacazette near the line for the dramatic equalizer. Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger scored from a corner in the fifth minute.

Petr Cech stopped an Alvaro Morata penalty kick in the 14th minute, the kick awarded after Hector Bellerin took down Callum Hudson-Odoi in the box.

The match is Chelsea’s last ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield against Manchester City.

Rising star Reiss Nelson to commit future to Arsenal

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Fresh from making his first Premier League start in Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Southampton on Sunday, Reiss Nelson has revealed he is ready to commit his future to the Gunnes.

The Arsenal academy product, 18, is only signed on a contract until the end of next season and the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were said to be interested in the highly-rated England U-19 international.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard after his full PL debut at the weekend, Nelson had the following to say when asked about his future.

“It is a big achievement to sign for a big club like Arsenal so I’m just delighted with the contract and hopeful that I can sign it soon,” Nelson said. “Wenger is one of the biggest [influences] for me, he keeps pushing the youngsters — me, Eddie [Nketiah] and Joe [Willock] – I think he has got a bright future planned for us. We just have to keep training well and he is always going to push us and will give us first-team football when the opportunities arise.”

Nelson played 64 minutes against Southampton and played out wide on the right in a 4-3-3 formation. He is known for his silky skills on the ball and ability to complete key passes in the final third and certainly showed that against Saints as he cut inside and caused problems.

After some promising displays in preseason the Londoner has made 15 appearances for the first team in all competitions as Arsene Wenger has used the Europa League to give Nelson and some of Arsenal’s other youngsters (such as Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah) valuable minutes as they continue their development.

Nelson is nailed on as the next star at Arsenal and we know that if they’re good enough, Wenger will give young players a chance.