Carabao Cup Roundup: Arsenal, Chelsea, City & United All Secure Their Passage Through to Round 4

Five of the six Premier League sides in action tonight secured their progress into round four of the Carabao Cup as Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and both Manchester clubs comfortably won their ties. 

Manchester United ran riot over Championship side Burton Albion as Mourinho’s men secured a 4-0 win at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford bagged himself two goals within the first 20 minutes of the tie, before Jesse Lingard’s deflected effort beat Ripley in the Burton goal to put United in a comfortable position. 

Manchester United v Burton Albion - Carabao Cup Third Round

Anthony Martial added to the scoreline on the hour mark to relieve any doubt of who was progressing, although in stoppage time Burton were able to do something no side have done this season, score at Old Trafford. It was nothing more than a consolation goal for Lloyd Dyer, however it gave the Burton fans something to cheer about on a night United cruised through.

Chelsea’s progression never looked in doubt during their 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Although the hosts made a number of changes it was still a very strong starting line up, and the Blues’ fans saw their side head into half-time with a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Kenedy, Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda. 

Things only got worse for the visitors as Batshuayi got his second of the game just eight minutes after half-time, and secured his hattrick just four minutes from time as he continues to push his case to Conte for a starting role in his side. Forest grabbed a late consolation through Tendayi Darikwa, however Chelsea still ran out 5-1 winners at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City won the only all-Premier League clash of the night as they defeated West Brom 2-0 at the Hawthorns. It didn’t take City long to go ahead after Ilkay Gundogan’s parried shot fell to the path of Leroy Sane who dispatched the ball beyond Ben Foster. 

Despite controlling the game, City were given a scare as Claudio Yacob equalised for the hosts after 72 minutes. However with the threat of extra-time looming, City showed why they’re joint top of the league with Leroy Sane launching a deadly counter attack which ended in a top corner finish for the German winger, giving City a 2-1 win in round three.

Although Arsenal rested a number of key players, they did just about enough to beat League One outfit Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates. Walcott’s first half goal was all Arsenal needed to secure their passage through to round four as the hosts were never really threatened by the visitors.

Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers - Carabao Cup Third Round

Everton headed into the their third round match with Sunderland coming off the back of a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, however there was not to be a repeat of that score line. 

Two goals from England Under-21 international Dominic Calvert-Lewin either side of half-time put the toffees in control of the tie, with Oumar Niasse late goal giving Everton a 3-0 win.

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Carabao Cup 4th Round: Everton Face Chelsea & Spurs Host West Ham After EFL Cup Last 16 Draw Is Made

The draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup has been made following the conclusion of the third round on Wednesday night, with the last 16 teams one step closer to the February final where the first major silverware of the season will be handed out.

Record eight-time winners Liverpool were a major casualty in the third round, losing out to Leicester in an all-Premier League tie.

Leicester City v Liverpool - Carabao Cup Third Round

Spurs only narrowly crept through against Barnsley, while Crystal Palace have at least been able to put their nightmare Premier League campaign to one side in the Carabao Cup this season – they won for the second time against top flight rivals Huddersfield.

Wednesday night’s action saw holders Manchester United breeze past Burton and Chelsea hit five past Nottingham Forest, while Arsenal and Man City also made it into the next round. But each of the teams learned their fate shortly after the full time whistles were blown on Wednesday night – with some excellent ties being thrown up.

Manchester United v Burton Albion - Carabao Cup Third Round

Chelsea will host Everton in the pick of the bunch, with Ronald Koeman’s men sealing their progress to the next round on Wednesday night following a 3-0 win over Sunderland. Spurs though will welcome West Ham to Wembley in another huge tie.

City, United and Arsenal were all handed relatively routine draws – with United’s trip to Swansea looking the toughest of the three on paper – while Bristol City might fancy their chances of making the last eight given they’ve drawn an out of form Crystal Palace.

2017/18 Carabao Cup 4th Round Draw in Full:

Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

Bristol City vs Crystal Palace

Swansea City vs Manchester United

Arsenal vs Norwich City

Chelsea vs Everton

Manchester City vs Wolves

Leicester City vs Leeds United

Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough

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The eight fourth round fixtures will be played in the week commencing 23rd October.

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Carabao Cup 4th Round: Man Utd, Chelsea & Arsenal Among Teams Who Learn Fate in EFL Cup Last 16 Draw

The draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup has been made following the conclusion of the third round on Wednesday night, with the last 16 teams one step closer to the February final where the first major silverware of the season will be handed out.

Record eight-time winners Liverpool were a major casualty in the third round, losing out to Leicester in an all-Premier League tie.

Leicester City v Liverpool - Carabao Cup Third Round

Spurs only narrowly crept through against Barnsley, while Crystal Palace have at least been able to put their nightmare Premier League campaign to one side in the Carabao Cup this season – they won for the second time against top flight rivals Huddersfield.

Wednesday night’s action saw holders Manchester United breeze past Burton and Chelsea hit five past Nottingham Forest, while Arsenal and Man City also made it into the next round. But each of the teams learned their fate shortly after the full time whistles were blown on Wednesday night – with some excellent ties being thrown up.

Manchester United v Burton Albion - Carabao Cup Third Round

2017/18 Carabao Cup 4th Round Draw in Full:

Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

Bristol City vs Crystal Palace

Swansea City vs Manchester United

Arsenal vs Norwich City

Chelsea vs Everton

Manchester City vs Wolves

Leicester City vs Leeds United

Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough

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The eight fourth round fixtures will be played in the week commencing 23rd October.

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Number of Premier League Giants Are Reportedly Interested in Signing Schalke Star

​A number of top Premier clubs are interested in Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, who is in the final year of his contract with the Bundesliga club.

​Sport Bild have reported that Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all interested in the 22-year-old.

Bayern Munich are believed to be favourites to secure his signature, however, after reports claimed they had agreed a deal with the player in May.

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But now Barcelona have intervened, and are attempting to persuade Goretzka to consider a move to Catalonia.

There is also interest from the four aforementioned English clubs, although he is expected to make a decision between one of Bayern and Barcelona.

Barcelona are reportedly searching for a new creative midfielder, with Andres Iniesta approaching his 34th birthday and Ivan Rakitic his 30th.

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Goretzka could be signed on a free transfer if his contract is run down, but Schalke have reportedly offered him a new five-year deal, worth €10m per year.

“I’d like to think that by the winter break we will have clarity,” Schalke sporting executive Christian Heidel has said.

The Germany international was at the centre of incessant speculation over the summer, and was forced to deny claims that he had agreed a deal with Bundesliga champions Bayern.

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“Honestly, it is really getting on my nerves,” he said, quoted by ​ESPN. “I can see why it interests people but I can only repeat once again, there’s nothing new to report with Munich. I have clearly denied there is an agreement in place — with any club. I can promise you this is the case.”

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Sir Alex Ferguson Gives His Son Advice on How to Beat Arsenal Ahead of Carabao Cup Clash

Darren Ferguson, the manager of Doncaster Rovers and son of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, has revealed that he’s been given advice on how to beat Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal, according to the Mirror.

The ex-United boss had a long rivalry with Wenger, more often than not coming out on top when the two managerial greats met. Ahead of the trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, Donny’s manager has revealed that he spoke with his dad at length about how to claim victory against the Gunners.

There is an enormous amount of respect between my dad and Arsene Wenger. They were competitive both of them but they get on very, very well,” Ferguson said. “He’s a great manager and obviously the aim is to get one over him, but we know it’s going to be difficult.

Yeah [I’ve spoken to him], I speak to him at length, but obviously this game.

He’s going to be there, my mother is going to be there and my family, so it’s good, good for everyone,” the Doncaster manager added. “It’s important that we go there and put on a performance.”


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The match on Wednesday holds a special place in the heart of Doncaster Rovers midfielder Matty Blair. The 28-year-old lost his brother, Ross, earlier this year and admitted that the two followed Arsenal when they were younger – the midfielder also said how exited his late brother would have been to see Blair play at the Emirates.

When we got the Arsenal draw I thought that was the best one but I was gutted at the same time. As a kid when I was growing up you get your Man United or Arsenal fans,” he said. 

Ross and me weren’t fans as such but were definitely Arsenal followers. So to get Arsenal away, Ross would have been organising everyone to be going.”

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