Manchester United vs Rochdale LIVE commentary: Full talkSPORT coverage of Carabao Cup tie

25 Sep

Manchester United take Rochdale in the Carabao Cup tonight and the third round tie will be live on talkSPORT 2.

Premier League giants United welcome the League One strugglers to Old Trafford this evening.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United take on Rochdale tonight
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The Red Devils crashed out of the cup in the third round last season, losing on penalties to Derby.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under mounting pressure at the club and can ill-afford a defeat to Dale.

Manchester United vs Rochdale: How to listen

The cup clash will get under way at 8pm on Wednesday, September 25.

Full commentary from Old Trafford will be live on talkSPORT with Jim Proudfoot and Micky Gray providing our coverage from 7pm.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

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Manchester United vs Rochdale: Team news and line-ups

United midfielder Paul Pogba is likely to return from an ankle injury when Rochdale visit Old Trafford.

The Frenchman has been sidelined since the international break, missing United’s wins over Leicester and Astana this month as well as last weekend’s defeat at West Ham.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced Pogba will be available for next Monday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal and is planning to give him some game time tonight.

Solskjaer said: “He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale. But we definitely think he’s ready for Arsenal.”

England forward Marcus Rashford is facing a period out of the side because of a groin complaint he suffered in the second half against the Hammers.

Mason Greenwood missed out at the London Stadium because of tonsillitis but the 17-year-old is in contention for United’s next outing.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is set to return against Rochdale
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MK Dons vs Liverpool LIVE commentary: Full talkSPORT coverage of Carabao Cup tie

25 Sep

European champions Liverpool host League One’s MK Dons tonight in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Both sides crashed out of the cup in the early stages last season and will want a longer run this term.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool take on MK Dons tonight
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They have never met in competitive competition but will go head-to-head in the cup this evening.

Liverpool beat Chelsea on Sunday while MK Dons lost at home to Southend.

MK Dons vs Liverpool: How to listen

The clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Wednesday, September 25.

Full commentary from Stadium MK will be live on talkSPORT with Hugh Woozencroft, Sam Matterface and Matt Holland providing our coverage from 7pm.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

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MK Dons vs Liverpool: What has been said?

MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale: “I’m very relaxed. It’s win-win.

“I don’t feel this game is necessarily season-defining. It’s an occasion, it’s an opportunity to play and enjoy it and not have the pressure of needing to win in front of 29,000 fans, in your stadium against the European champions… what could possibly go wrong?! Let’s just enjoy it.

“I feel excited but I’m not overly worried about it. This is not ‘win at all costs.’ It would be marvellous if we did, but we’re not planning or expecting it to happen.

“We’d like it to, and who knows, let’s just go and give it our best shot.

“We need some clarity as to how to defend and attack, it will be very simple. One or two things might go our way. We’ve got nothing to lose.”

MK Dons are set to welcome Liverpool to Stadium MK

MK Dons vs Liverpool: Line-ups

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Worse than Tottenham? Five huge League Cup shocks in recent history, including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United

25 Sep

Tottenham’s miserable start to the season continued with a shock third round exit to Colchester in the League Cup on Tuesday.

The League Two minnows won 4-3 on penalties after holding Spurs to a goalless draw during 90 minutes.

Colchester are the lowest-ranked club left in the competition
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It has heaped pressure on Mauricio Pochettino, who has guided Tottenham to just two wins out of six Premier League games this season.

MK Dons and Rochdale will be looking to cause more cup shocks when the face Liverpool and Manchester United, respectively, on Wednesday.

Below, talkSPORT.com looks at five huge League Cup shocks in recent history…

Liverpool 2-2 Northampton (Northampton win 4-2 on penalties), September 2010

Abdul Osman scored the winning penalty for Northampton at Anfield
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Roy Hodgson was already under pressure at Liverpool after winning just one of his opening five Premier League games in charge.

The former England boss fielded a weakened team against the League Two minnows and was made to pay.

With the score at 1-1, the game went to extra-time when Billy McKay gave the visitors a shock lead, only for David Ngog to give Liverpool a lifeline four minutes from time.

But Ngog’s equaliser was in vain as Abdul Osman converted the decisive penalty after youngster Nathan Eccleston hit the bar.

The early cup exit and Liverpool’s league form saw Hodgson given the boot midway through the 2010/11 season.

Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham, February 2011

Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League later that season
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Arsenal were heavy favourites to beat Birmingham in the League Cup final after losing just three times since November.

It was a perfect chance for the Gunners to end their six-year wait for silverware against a Birmingham side that were battling relegation.

The game looked to be heading for extra-time after Robin van Persie cancelled out Nikola Zigic’s opener.

However, a calamitous mix-up between Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny allowed Obafemi Martins to pass the ball into an empty net in the 89th minute.

Arsenal would finally end their trophy drought with an FA Cup final win over Hull in 2014.

Bradford 1-1 Arsenal (Bradford win 3-2 on penalties), December 2012

Bradford reached the League Cup final that season, but lost 5-0 to Swansea
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Almost two years after their defeat to Birmingham, Arsenal were making headlines for the wrong reasons yet again.

The Gunners were knocked out of the League Cup quarter-finals by League Two club Bradford.

The game was decided on penalties after Thomas Vermaelen had equalised two minutes from time for the Gunners.

However, Santi Cazorla, Marouane Chamakh and Vermaelen missed spot-kicks as Bradford progressed.

MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United, August 2014

MK Dons dominated Manchester United’s young stars
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Louis van Gaal’s gamble to play Manchester United’s youngsters spectacularly backfired against a League One MK Dons team that had Dele Alli playing in midfield.

Saidy Janko, Marnick Vermijl, Reece James, Michael Keane and Nick Powell looked lost as Will Grigg and Benik Afobe scored twice to down United.

It capped off a terrible start for Van Gaal, whose Old Trafford reign had started with a defeat to Swansea and a draw at Sunderland.

Manchester United 2-2 Derby (Derby win 8-7 on penalties), September 2018

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Following a trophyless 2017/18 campaign and a disappointing summer transfer window, Jose Mourinho needed to win silverware to silence his critics.

And the League Cup was a competition he always took seriously after winning it four times before.

Mourinho played a strong starting XI, which included Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.

However, Frank Lampard’s youthful side outplayed United in their own backyard.

Juan Mata had given the Red Devils an early three-minute lead, before Derby levelled thanks to Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson’s stunning 25-yard free-kick.

It got worse for the hosts who had to play the remaining 33 minutes with 10 men after goalkeeper Sergio Romero was shown a straight red card.

Jack Marriott thought he had scored the winning goal in the 85th minute, but Maroune Fellani’s injury-time equaliser forced penalties.

After a run of perfect penalties from each side, United crashed out of the tournament at the third round after Phil Jones’ spot-kick was saved by Scott Carson.

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MK Dons vs Liverpool: How Jurgen Klopp’s team could look with wonderkids Rhian Brewster, Ki-Jana Hoever, and Yasser Larouci

25 Sep

After getting off to a losing start in their Champions League campaign, Liverpool will be hoping they don’t suffer another cup defeat on Wednesday night.

The Reds face League One side MK Dons in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Stadium MK – a match you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT – kick-off 7:45pm.

Klopp is expected to ring around the changes for the MK Dons match
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Liverpool have won the competition eight times, which is more than any other club.

However, the last time they lifted the trophy was in 2012 when they beat Cardiff City on penalties at Wembley.

They reached the final in Jurgen Klopp’s first season at the club in 2016 but lost to Manchester City.

Last season, their Carabao Cup campaign was brief as they were knocked out at the first hurdle by Chelsea, losing 2-1 at Anfield.

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Liverpool are flying in the Premier League in 2019/20 with six wins out of six and with the league a priority, Klopp is likely to field some fringe players in this match.

Their opponents are 15th in League One having amassed twelve points from nine games but the home side will be more than up for this cup tie.

talkSPORT.com has had a go at predicting the team Klopp will field for Liverpool’s trip to MK Dons.

Klopp will be hoping this team will be strong enough to get past MK Dons

Irish keeper Caiomhin Kelleher could get the nod with Adrian occupying the No.1 role in Alisson Becker’s absence.

Klopp’s assistant Pepijn Lijnders told liverpoolfc.com that Kelleher has a chance of starting the game.

Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez could start together as centre-backs – the only reason they’re not getting a look-in for the first-team is because of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip’s excellent form.

We could see changes at full-back with right-back going being Ki-Jana Hoever, 17, who has performed well whenever he’s been given a chance while Yasser Larouci, 18, had a good pre-season and will offer another option when the Reds are attacking from left-back.

Hoever made his Liverpool debut in an FA Cup tie against Wolves aged 16

Liverpool’s midfield should consist of fringe players but crucially, all the players have experience.

Naby Keita is inching closer to a return to fitness and this could be the ideal opportunity to get minutes under his belt, while Adam Lallana should get a run out.

James Milner, 33, has a wealth of experience and given he’s slightly more defensively minded than Lallana and Keita, his presence in the team will give the other midfielders more freedom.

The deadly trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino probably won’t be involved but neither will Divock Origi after he sustained a minor ankle injury against Newcastle earlier this month.

This could see 19-year-old forward Rhian Brewster handed his full debut and a chance to finally prove he’s got more than potential.

Brewster did well in pre-season and could play at Stadium MK
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Meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri will not feature in this tie after it was confirmed by Lijnders that he sustained a calf injury in training – a hammer blow in his bid to get more game time.

This could then open the door for winger Harvey Elliott, who was signed in the summer from Fulham.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain should start and with Brewster and Elliott potentially playing, don’t be surprised if the youngsters operate as an attacking pair while Oxlade-Chamberlain goes into a more central role.


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Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest LIVE commentary: Confirmed teams and Full talkSPORT coverage of Carabao Cup tie

24 Sep

Premier League giants Arsenal take on Championship side Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup third round tonight.

The Gunners completed a stunning turn around against Aston Villa on Sunday, coming from 2-1 down to win despite having ten men.

Unai Emery’s Arsenal take on Nottingham Forest tonight
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Forest, meanwhile, continued their good start to the season with a 1-0 home win over Barnsley.

These two last met in the FA Cup third round in 2018 with Forest claiming an impressive 4-2 win at The City Ground.

Now they will go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup as they both look to make it into the fourth Round.

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: How to listen

The cup clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Tuesday, September 24.

Full commentary from the Emirates will be live on talkSPORT 2 with Jim Proudfoot and Adrian Clarke providing our coverage from 7pm.

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Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: What has been said?

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi said: “It is a big challenge against a big club in the big six in the Premier League.

“It is a nice stadium, a fantastic atmosphere with our fans there. Nearly 10,000 there on a Tuesday night which is amazing and it will be nice for us to play this game.

“The players know this and it will be a big challenge for them. But this is our job, we are lucky. The players would prefer to play Arsenal, they prefer a big challenge.”

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi
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Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: Line-ups

Arsenal: Martinez, Chambers, Holding, Mustafi, Tierney, Torreira, Willock, Nelson, Ozil, Smith, Rowe, Martinelli

Subs: Macey, Bellerin, Bola, Burton, Ceballos, Saka, Balogun

Nottingham Forest: Muric, Cash, Figueiredo, Robinson, Ribeiro, Chema, Silva, Johnson, Carvalho, Lolley, Adomah

Subs: Smith, Milosevic, Grabban, Ameobi, Sow, Gabriel, Mighten

 

Portsmouth vs Southampton LIVE commentary: Confirmed teams and full talkSPORT coverage of South Coast derby cup clash

24 Sep

South Coast derby rivals Portsmouth and Southampton go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup this evening.

The two sides have not faced each other since their Championship draw in April 2012.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton take on Portsmouth tonight
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Now Premier League side Southampton will make the short trip to take on League One’s Pompey for their third round cup tie tonight.

Who will come out on top? talkSPORT will bring you all the action live and exclusive.

Portsmouth vs Southampton: How to listen

The cup derby clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Tuesday, September 24.

Full commentary from Fratton Park will be live on talkSPORT with Hugh Woozencroft, Sam Matterface and Stuart Pearce providing our coverage from 7pm.

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Portsmouth vs Southampton: What has been said?

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett said: “We’ve beaten two Championship sides to get through to this round and now we’ve got a big tie against a Premier League club.

“There’s obviously the added incentive of it being a local derby and that should only enhance what is already a very good atmosphere.

“This fixture hasn’t been contested for a number of years and that should add another edge to proceedings.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: “The whole club and all the players are looking forward to this game. We know about how important it is for our fans and everybody.

Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth host rivals Southampton in the Carabao Cup third round
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“In every country there are important derbies, and this means players have previous experience, but I know this one is a very special one, because it is very long ago that this derby happened and this makes it so special for the fans.

“This means for us that we know that we can write a big history for every player who decides the game or who is in this team. We all know what it is about for the fans and we want to make them proud.”

Portsmouth vs Southampton: Line-ups

Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Bolton, Hawkins, Burgess, Haunstrup, Naylor, Close, Williams, Pitman, Curtis, Marquis

Subs: Bass, Downings, McCrorie, Walkes, Evans, Cannon, Maloney

Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Ings, Obafemi, Adams

Subs: Gunn, Stephens, Valery, Armstrong, Boufal, Redmond, Long

Colchester United vs Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino to hand Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga starts in the Carabao Cup?

24 Sep

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has had plenty to think about over the last seven days.

Just when fans thought they had found their rhythm agains with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, they drew 2-2 with Olympiakos in the Champions League and then lost 2-1 to Leicester City in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino has had a tough start to the new season
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It’s been calamitous for Spurs and now they know they face a real battle to finish in the top four this season.

The Carabao Cup is next up for Pochettino and he’s set to blood at least two youngsters in the match with League Two side Colchester United.

It’s got the potential to be a tricky test but already the Argentine has said he will mix it up with 17-year-old striker Troy Parrott set to feature, possibly from the start.

When asked about his attitude towards the match, Pochettino said: “All the competitions we take seriously. For different reasons we need games.

“The young players need games to improve and try to show their quality and maybe fight for a place in the starting XI in the Champions League or Premier League.

“We are going to have a mix, we will assess the squad because we are going to have a very tough period and we need to manage the squad. We are going to be there trying to win the game.”

Pochettino might also hand centre-back Japhet Tanganga some minutes, along with midfielder Oliver Skipp, and a number of fringe stars, including Eric Dier who is yet to feature this campaign.

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Spurs’ only official absentees ahead of the clash are midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and youngster Ryan Sessegnon, who continue their rehabilitation from injuries.

How Tottenham could look against Colchester United

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Sheffield Wednesday vs Everton: Marco Silva to play key stars Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson with job on the line?

24 Sep

Marco Silva is under increasing pressure ahead of Everton’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday.

The Toffees have lost their last two Premier League games to Bournemouth and Sheffield United and sit 14th in the table.

Richarlison scored in Everton’s Carabao Cup second round win over Lincoln
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It has been an underwhelming start to the season for Silva, who brought in over £100million-worth of talent in the summer.

Big money was spent on Moise Kean, Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Alex Iwobi, however, Everton have failed to hit the ground running so far.

The Toffees had to come from behind to beat League One club Lincoln in the second round of the Carabao Cup last month, despite fielding a very strong side.

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Silva, who is in desperate need of a win at Hillsborough, is likely to play his big guns once again in the competition.

Jordan Pickford is likely to start in goal with a back four of Monaco loanee Djibril Sidibe, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and Lucas Digne.

Summer signing Fabian Delph missed the start of the campaign with a thigh injury and has stared Everton’s last four matches, so a rest wouldn’t go amiss.

It could see Tom Davies make a first appearance since the opening day of the season to partner Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield.

After failing to break down a sturdy Sheffield United defence, Silva could freshen up his attack and bring in Theo Walcott on the right, while keeping faith in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison.

Kean, who is yet to open his account for Everton, will be aiming to end his seven-game goal drought at Sheffield Wednesday.

Is this how Everton could line up?

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest: How Gunners should line up with Kieran Tierney, Mesut Ozil and three wonderkids

24 Sep

Unai Emery could make several changes to his starting line-up when Arsenal host Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday, LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

The Gunners will be buoyed by Sunday’s late 3-2 win over Aston Villa after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence in the first-half.

Mesut Ozil has only played 71 minutes of first-team football this season
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The Forest game presents a chance for Arsenal’s youngsters and fringe players to impress.

Arsenal boss Emery could hand a first appearance in nine months to Rob Holding, who has returned to training after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The centre-half had been a regular in the Gunners’ defence before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United last December.

Hector Bellerin, who suffered the same injury a month later, featured with Holding and summer signing Kieran Tierney in an Under-23s game against Wolves last week.

Hector Bellerin made his return to action against Wolves in an Under-23s game on Friday
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However, Bellerin could be saved to play in next week’s trip to Manchester United with Maitland-Niles suspended.

It could mean Calum Chambers operates at right-back against Forest in a back four with Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Tierney.

The Scotland international joined Arsenal in a £25million deal from Celtic last month, but is yet to make his debut due to a groin injury.

Lucas Torreira, who has started just one of Arsenal’s six Premier League games this season, is likely to partner Matteo Guendouzi in holding midfield roles, which would give Granit Xhaka a much-needed rest.

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Mesut Ozil, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka could cause havoc to Forest’s defence.

Ozil was an unused substitute over the weekend with Willock making it off the bench, while Saka was hooked off at half-time.

The trio could play in behind Reiss Nelson, who has not started an Arsenal game since August 17.

Nelson, a winger by trait, might have to lead the Arsenal line due to their lack of number nine options.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe could be rested, Alexandre Lacazette is sidelined with an ankle injury and Eddie Nketiah is on loan at Leeds.

Emiliano Martinez, who pulled off a string of fine saves in Arsenal’s 3-0 Europa League win over Frankfurt last week, is expected to come in for Bernd Leno.

Is this how Arsenal could line up against Nottingham Forest?
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Premier League wonderkids who could light up the Carabao Cup, including Reece James, Troy Parrott, Bukayo Saka, and Rhian Brewster

24 Sep

The Carabao Cup returns this week with the Premier League’s big boys entering the third round.

A lot of Premier League clubs have used the tournament to give youth a chance in the past – and that could continue this season if managers choose to rest some of their top stars.

Tahith Chong could be one of many youngsters playing for Manchester United this week
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Manchester City travel to Preston looking to win the competition for a third successive season, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham travel to Colchester in desperate need of a positive result.

There could be a few shocks on the card with League One clubs MK Dons and Rochdale taking on Liverpool and Manchester United, respectively.

Below, talkSPORT.com has take an look at 12 wonderkids who could star in the Carabao Cup this week.

Reece James (Chelsea)
Age: 20

Reece James is ready to make a big impact
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A stunning loan spell with Wigan last season has seen Blues fans begging for the youngster to come in and replace Cesar Azpilicueta as the club’s right-back.

Defensively smart and outrageously good with the ball at his feet, it’s no wonder he’s been used in midfield too.

An ankle injury in the summer stopped him taking up a role in Frank Lampard’s side sooner but he should start against Grimsby on Wednesday.

Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham)
Age: 20

Japhet Tanganga could be the next breakout star at Tottenham
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Tanganga impressed during pre-season for Tottenham. Playing the central defender could hand a welcomed rest to Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld.

Davinson Sanchez could also be a doubt for the Colchester trip after missing Saturday’s defeat to Leicester.

So it could result in Pochettino giving Tanganga his senior Spurs debut.

Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)
Age: 19

Rhian Brewster could be in line for a first Liverpool start
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Even though he possesses Champions League and UEFA Super Cup winners’ medals, Brewster is yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool.

He was included in a Reds matchday squad for their 2-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday for the first time since April 2017.

And Brewster could finally make his first Liverpool appearance at Stadium MK on Wednesday, LIVE on talkSPORT.

With Divock Origi injured and Roberto Firmino in need of a rest, it leaves Brewster as the ideal replacement.

Troy Parrott (Tottenham)
Age: 17

Troy Parrott is pushing for a start against Colchester
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In the international break earlier this month, Parrott scored three goals in two games for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 side.

He netted the winner against Armenia, before grabbing a brace in a 3-1 win over Sweden.

Pochettino included Parrott in his Champions League squad this season, a sign that he rates the youngster highly.

After failing to sign a replacement for Fernando Llorente in the summer, Harry Kane is the club’s only recognised senior striker.

If given the chance against Colcehster, Parrott could ease the burden on Kane’s shoulders.

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Age: 18

Bukayo Saka is an Arsenal academy graduate
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Saka played a starring role in Arsenal’s 3-0 Europa League win over Frankfurt last week, scoring once and assisting twice.

His performance was rewarded with a first Premier League start against Aston Villa on Sunday, however, his game ended prematurely.

Following a red card to full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Saka was the sacrificed attacker who made way for Calum Chambers at half-time.

He could get another chance to impress against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
Age: 17

Mason Greenwood will be 18 next month
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Greenwood missed Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham through illness.

It was a shame for the Manchester United starlet, who scored the winning goal in last week’s Europa League victory over Astana.

He could recover in time for Wednesday’s home tie with Rochdale, though, which would likely see him replace Marcus Rashford, who was forced off with a groin injury at the London Stadium.

Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool)

Age: 20

Caoimhin Kelleher is currently Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper
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Kelleher underwent surgery on a broken wrist in July, which saw him miss Liverpool’s pre-season games.

Goal reports the fit-again goalkeeper will make his senior debut against MK Dons, in place of Adrian, who has been filling in for the injured Alisson.

Domingos Quina (Watford)
Age: 19

Domingos Quina is one for the future
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Quina enjoyed a breakthrough 2018/19 season with Watford, making 13 appearances and scoring one Premier League goal.

The midfielder suffered a dislocated shoulder towards the end of the season, which has halted his progress in recent months.

However, he started in Watford’s 3-0 win over Coventry in the second round of the Carabao Cup, and is expected to keep his place against Swansea on Tuesday.

Quina will be eager to impress new Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Michael Obafemi (Southampton)
Age: 19

Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan of Michael Obafemi

Obafemi’s 2018/19 season was disrupted by hamstring injuries, with his last appearance of the campaign coming in February.

Now, he appears fully fit and is pushing Che Adams, Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond and Shane Long for a starting place.

Obafemi started and scored the only goal in Southampton’s second round win at Fulham last month, and he’ll be hoping to be the star man once more this week.

Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
Age: 18

Billy Gilmour is highly-rated by Chelsea chiefs
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Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all benefited from the club’s two-window transfer ban.

Only Sergio Aguero (8) has scored more Premier League goals than Abraham (7) this season, while Mount made his England debut earlier this month.

Highly-rated midfielder Gilmour made his Chelsea debut as a late substitute in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United last month – and he could play a part in their cup tie against Grimsby.

Eric Garcia (Manchester City)
Age: 18

Eric Garcia joined Manchester City from Barcelona in 2017
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Garcia made his Premier League debut for Manchester City after replacing Nicolas Otamendi in the 63rd minute of their 8-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola recently said he would rely on the 18-year-old following injuries to centre-halves John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, which has ruled him out until 2020.

It means Garcia could line up against Preston.

Tahith Chong (Manchester United)
Age: 19

Tahith Chong almost quit Manchester United in the summer
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Chong rejected two loan offers during the summer following a conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian insisted the 19-year-old winger would be given more first-team chances if he kept working hard.

Chong started in the Europa League win over Astana, but failed to make an impact. He’ll be hoping for better luck against Rochdale.

Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves)
Age: 19

Morgan Gibbs-White could be a future England international
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Gibbs-White is an established member of Wolves’ squad and could be handed even more game time with the club’s participation in the Europa League.

The central midfielder was an unused substitute in Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, so could start when Wolves host Reading on Wednesday.

A cup run could do Wolves the world of good following their winless start to the Premier League season.


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