Carabao Cup third round: Preston to host holders Manchester City, Liverpool travel to MK Dons and Manchester United play Rochdale

28 Aug

Carabao Cup holders Manchester City travel to Championship club Preston in the third round of the competition.

Pep Guardiola’s side have won the cup for the past two seasons, but face a tricky trip to Deepdale.

Manchester City have dominated the Carabao Cup under Pep Guardiola

City’s neighbours Manchester United host Rochdale, while Liverpool will play MK Dons at Stadium MK.

There could be potential scares on the cards for Tottenham and Arsenal who take on Colchester and Nottingham Forest, respectively.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will go up against either Grimsby or Macclesfield, whose second round game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Portsmouth entertain arch rivals Southampton in a first South Coast derby since April 2012.

The ties will be played the week commencing September 23.

All of the third round fixtures are in full below…

Wolves vs Reading

Oxford United vs West Ham

Watford vs Swansea

Brighton vs Aston Villa

Sheffield United vs Sunderland

Colchester vs Tottenham

Portsmouth vs Southampton

Burton vs Bournemouth

Preston vs Manchester City

MK Dons vs Liverpool

Manchester United vs Rochdale

Luton vs Leicester

Chelsea vs Grimsby/Macclesfield

Sheffield Wednesday vs Everton

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest

Crawley vs Stoke

Lincoln vs Everton LIVE commentary: Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe given full debuts

28 Aug

Premier League big guns Everton take on League One Lincoln in the Carabao Cup tonight, LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

Toffees boss Marco Silva has handed full debuts to summer signings Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe.

Marco Silva’s Everton take on Lincoln City in the cup tonight
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Lincoln won League Two last season and have made a good start to life up a division.

Now they host Everton in the second round of the cup and will be looking for revenge for last term.

The Toffees beat the Imps 2-1 in the FA Cup third round back in January and they are set to meet again this evening.

Lincoln vs Everton: How to listen

The cup clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Wednesday, August 28.

Ian Danter will bring you our full coverage from Sincil Bank on talkSPORT 2 at 6pm.

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

Lincoln vs Everton: What has been said?

Everton boss Marco Silva: “I am 100 per cent sure my players will go into the match knowing everything about Lincoln. We will do the same for Lincoln [as for any opponent].

“Nothing changes in our day, nothing changes in our focus. We will have full focus on the match. Everything the players need to know, they will know.

“Then it is up to us to do our best, to show our quality, to respect ourselves and our opponents. They are living a dream, playing against a Premier League club like Everton, and will play with 100 per cent commitment.

“We have to equal everything they do.

“If you cannot do more, equalise their commitment, their desire, and then put our quality on the pitch. If we apply our quality, our level is different – but we have to be able to show it.

“We have big ambition to go through and play in this competition. Now this is the first moment for us to show that.”

Lincoln vs Everton: Line-ups

Lincoln: Smith, Lewis, Bolger, Shackell, Toffolo, O’Connor, Morrell, Payne, Anderson, Andrade, Akinde.

Subs: Vickers, Chapman, Bostwick, Walker, Grant, Eardley, Sault.

Everton: Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Schneiderlin, Delph, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Kean.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott, Mina, Tosun, Gomes,

Newcastle vs Leicester LIVE commentary: Jamie Vardy and James Maddison start for Foxes in Carabao Cup clash

28 Aug

Premier League rivals Newcastle and Leicester will go head-to-head in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The Foxes have named a strong side with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison starting, while Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has rung the changes.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester face Newcastle in the Carabao Cup tonight
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The Magpies host an in-form Foxes side who are unbeaten so far this term and won at Sheffield United last time out.

Both sides will want to mount a cup challenge this season but face a tough task tonight.

Newcastle vs Leicester: How to listen

The cup clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Wednesday, August 28.

Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up on talkSPORT at 7pm with commentary from Jim Proudfoot and Micky Gray.

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

Newcastle vs Leicester: What has been said?

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce: “Leicester are a very good side when you look at the strength in depth they’ve got. They’ve recruited very well over the years and they will be tough opposition.

“I said when I walked through the door, any Premier League team is capable of [winning the cups].

“You only have to win five games and I learnt that with Hull a few seasons ago. You saw Watford to get to the FA Cup final last year so it’s something we’ll take seriously and let’s hope we can get through.”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “We want to do well in the cup competitions.

“We’ve spoken about that as a group so we’ll go there with a strong team, a strong squad, and it’ll be tough, but we look forward to it.

“We’ll have to earn the right to hopefully get into the next round.”

Newcastle vs Leicester: Line-ups

Newcastle XI: Darlow, Krafth, Schar, Clark, Fernandez, Willems, Shelvey, Longstaff, Hayden. Ritchie, Muto.

Subs: Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Dummett, Ki, Atsu.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Soyuncu, Fuchs, Choudhury, Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.

Subs: Ward, Justin, Evans, Gray, Albrighton, Ndidi, Praet.

When is the Carabao Cup third round draw? Ball numbers, start time and live stream

28 Aug

The Premier League’s top clubs are set to join this season’s Carabao Cup in the third round.

Manchester City beat Chelsea at Wembley back in February to win the cup last term and are now set to join the competition.

Man City won the Carabao Cup last season

The likes of Norwich, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Fulham exited the cup in the second round.

Now Crawley, Colchester and Oxford will be dreaming of landing a glamour tie in the next round.

Carabao Cup draw: Date and start time

The draw for round one of this season’s tournament was held at a Morrisons supermarket early this summer but tonight’s draw will be more traditional.

It will take place on Wednesday, August 28 and will be held pitch-side at Sincil Bank after Lincoln City’s clash with Everton.

It should begin at around 9.45pm but will be later should the match go to penalties.

Carabao Cup draw: TV channel and live stream

The second round clash between the Imps and the Toffees is live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event tonight.

The draw will follow immediately afterwards on these channels at the conclusion of the match.
Sky customers can follow it via their app and website or fans can get a NOW TV pass to watch the draw live.

Carabao Cup semi-finals: Chelsea get drawn against Arsenal, Bristol City get Man City - draw in full
The Carabao Cup third round draw will take place tonight

Carabao Cup third round draw numbers

Seven ties to be played Wednesday, August 28 – Grimsby Town vs Macclesfield Town to be rescheduled after waterlogged pitch
1 Arsenal
2 Chelsea
3 Liverpool
4 Manchester City
5 Manchester United
6 Tottenham Hotspur
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers
8 Reading
9 Crawley Town
10 West Ham United
11 Oxford United
12 Watford
13 Swansea City / Cambridge United
14 Luton Town
15 Brighton & Hove Albion
16 Colchester United
17 Southampton
18 AFC Bournemouth / Forest Green Rovers
19 Milton Keynes Dons
20 Queens Park Rangers / Portsmouth
21 Aston Villa
22 Lincoln City / Everton
23 Stoke City
24 Sheffield United
25 Rotherham United / Sheffield Wednesday
26 Newcastle United / Leicester City
27 Burton Albion
28 Burnley / Sunderland
29 Nottingham Forest
30 Grimsby Town / Macclesfield Town
31 Preston North End
32 Rochdale

Derby County captain Richard Keogh involved in alleged scuffle with Nottingham Forest groundsman

28 Aug

Nottingham Forest and Derby County will reportedly discuss possible disciplinary action after a scuffle between Derby’s Richard Keogh and a Forest groundsman.

Keogh and other Derby players were warming down on the pitch at the City Ground following their 3-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup when the incident occurred.

Richard Keogh was involved in an incident with a Nottingham Forest groundsman
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Groundstaff from Forest were also working on the pitch when the altercation took place that is believed to have left Keogh with scratch marks on his neck.

The two men involved had to be separated by their colleagues and team-mates. It is not clear if the groundsman involved was injured in the incident.

talkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface was at the match and tweeted about the incident.

He said that Keogh and the Derby players came off the pitch swearing and clearly unhappy about what had happened.

Sky Sports News report the two clubs will discuss potential disciplinary action but no official statement has been made.

Forest beat their bitter rivals Derby 3-0 in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Albert Adomah and Joe Lolley scored first half goals to put the home side ahead before Joao Carvalho added a third late on.

Carabao Cup round-up: Leeds defeated by Stoke in shootout, Crewe hammered by Aston Villa, West Ham breeze past Newport County

27 Aug

It was frantic night of action in the Carabao Cup, with Aston Villa, Watford and West Ham recording convincing victories in their second-round ties.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds came back from a 2-0 down against Stoke but were knocked out by the Potters in a shootout at Elland Road.

West Ham secured a win at Newport

Meanwhile, Cardiff were dominated by Luton, with an own goal from Junior Hoilett and strikes from Alan Sheehan and Jake Jervis inflicting a miserable night on the hosts.

In what was undoubtedly the shock of the evening, Norwich were powerless to avoid defeat to Crawley following Beryly Lubala’s first-half opener.

And elsewhere, Southampton edged out Fulham in a narrow encounter to secure their place in the third-round.

Have a look at the results in full below…

Burton Albion 4-0 Morecambe

Crewe Alexandra 1-6 Aston Villa

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 United

Sheffield United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Bristol Rovers 1-2 Brighton 

Cardiff City 0-3 Luton Town

Crawley Town 1-0 Norwich City

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

Fulham 0-1 Southampton

Newport County 0-2 West Ham United

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

Plymouth Argyle 2-4 Reading

Southend United 1-4 Milton Keynes Dons

Watford 3-0 Coventry City

Grimsby Town – Macclesfield Town (Match abandoned)


Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week

  • Nottingham Forest vs Derby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT
  • Newcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT
  • Lincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Bristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT

Salford City v Leeds LIVE: Full talkSPORT commentary and team news for Carabao Cup clash

13 Aug

EFL new-boys Salford City host Championship giants Leeds United tonight in the Carabao Cup first round.

Salford enjoyed a stunning start to their first ever season in the English Football League, beating Stevenage 2-0 at home in the opening day of the 2019/20 League Two campaign.

They were brought back down to earth on Saturday, being well beaten at Crawley and are now set to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.

Salford City take on Leeds in the first round of the Carabao Cup tonight

The Whites are the favourites to secure automatic promotion this term as they strive to reclaim their Premier League status.

They won 3-1 at Bristol City in their opening league game before conceding a late equaliser against Nottingham Forest over the weekend.

The two sides are at opposite ends of the scale in terms of rank, financial power, history and prestige and it should all add up to a fascinating cup tie this evening.

Salford City v Leeds: How to listen

The Carabao Cup clash will get under way at 7:45pm on Tuesday, August 13.

Full commentary from Moor Lane will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 7pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up before our live commentary with Ian Danter and Danny Mills.

Ray Stubbs will host our Around the Grounds show on talkSPORT 2 for updates of the night’s other cup ties.

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

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.


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  • Arsenal vs Burnley (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Sunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Norwich City vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
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  • Reading vs Cardiff City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2

Salford City v Leeds: What has been said?

Salford ace Mani Dieseruvwe can’t wait for the ‘tasty’ cup clash and believes his side can cause a major cup upset.

The 24-year-old striker, born in Leeds, said: “It’s going to be a very tasty match.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it, I was born in Leeds and have spent most of my life there.

“I’ve got a couple of mates that support Leeds, so it’ll be nice to play against them and have a catch-up with them afterwards, but we’ve got nothing to lose, we’ll be looking to cause a shock.”

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds will take on Salford City live on talkSPORT

Salford City v Leeds: Line-ups

Salford City: Neal, Maynard, Pond, Piergianni, Jones, Threlkeld, Towell, Whitehead, Touray, Dieseruvwe, Beesley

Subs: Wiseman, Rooney, Lloyd-McGoldrick, Letheren, Jones, Smith, Gaffney

Leeds: Casilla, Berardi, White, Davis, Alioski, Phillips, Hélder Costa, Shackleton, Klich, Clarke, Nketiah

Subs: Bamford, Dallas, Harrison, Miazek, Gotts, McCalmont, Bogusz

Carabao Cup first round draw to take place at Morrisons in Colindale instead of Thailand or Vietnam

17 Jun

A Morrisons supermarket will host the draw for the Carabao Cup first round.

On Thursday, former Liverpool star, John Barnes, and Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Ray Parlour will select the balls at the Colindale store, which is around three miles from Wembley Stadium.

Manchester City are the reigning Carabao Cup champions

Previous draws have been held in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

talkSPORT’s co-host Parlour, who won the competition with the Gunners in 1993, told “Hosting the draw in a supermarket as fans go about their daily lives provides them with a great opportunity to engage with the competition.”

A series of technical faults marred the Bangkok draw in 2017, with incorrect fixtures shown on a television graphic.

Fans will once again be able to watch the draw live, either in the store or on the Carabao Cup Facebook page.

Manchester City will be looking to win the competition for a third successive season after beating Chelsea and Arsenal in the last two finals.

This season’s first round draw, which will produce 35 fixtures, will include cup debutants Salford City.

In May, the club were promoted to the EFL for the first time and the 70 teams will be split into northern and southern sections, with first round ties scheduled to be played during the week commencing 12 August.

Huddersfield, who finished bottom of the Premier League, will be involved in this season’s first round, while fellow relegated clubs Cardiff and Fulham will enter in the second round.

John Barnes,. who will be alongside Ray Parlour for the draw, won the competition with Liverpool in 1995
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Manchester City will become first English club to win 50 games in a season if they beat Watford in FA Cup final 

17 May

Manchester City will become the first English club to win 50 games in a season if they beat Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup final, live on talkSPORT.

Pep Guardiola’s men have secured 49 victories in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup this term.

Manchester City are on the verge of winning 50 games in a season and a domestic treble

City are aiming to beat their own record which was set last year when they ended the 2017/18 campaign on 44 wins.

Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea, and City are the only English clubs to win over 41 games in a single season.

Most wins by English clubs in a season

Manchester City – 49 wins – 2018/2019

Manchester City – 44 wins – 2017/18

Manchester United – 44 wins – 2008/09

Everton – 43 wins – 1984/85

Chelsea – 42 wins – 2004/05

Chelsea – 42 wins – 2006/07

Manchester United – 42 wins – 2002/03

Manchester United – 42 wins – 2006/07

And an FA Cup triumph would also secure a historic domestic treble after already lifting the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

The Citizens beat Chelsea on penalties to win a second successive Carabao Cup in February, before finishing one point ahead of Liverpool to successfully defend their top-flight crown last weekend.

Following their Premier League title celebrations, skipper Vincent Kompany insists City’s attention turns to Watford.

Vincent Kompany lifted his fourth Premier League title last weekend

He said: ”We felt we did everything we needed to do and were magnificent.

“This title is a combination of the staff, the group of players we have and the desire we have to overachieve, and it’s hard to overachieve with a team as good as we have.

“It wasn’t just the way we won – we had so many clean sheets in the run-in, it was ridiculous, and won our last 14 games.


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  • Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT

“I’m so proud of the guys because when we had to dig deep and defend and win 1-0, we did it again and again.

“We’re looking forward to the FA Cup final now. What we are doing is unprecedented and we are just thinking about the game against Watford now.”

Maurizio Sarri tore into Kepa Arrizabalaga in Chelsea dressing room after goalkeeper refused to come off in Carabao Cup final

26 Feb

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reportedly tore into goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for his mutiny during the Carabao Cup final.

The manager was raging in the dressing room after the Blues’ penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.

Kepa refused to come off when Sarri readied Willy Caballero to come on
Sarri couldn’t believe Kepa refused to come off

Kepa refused to come off, as former City man and penalty specialist Willy Caballero waited to replace him in the final moments of extra-time.

Caballero was the hero in the 2016 final when he saved three Liverpool penalties to give the Citizens the cup.

Spaniard Kepa did keep out Leroy Sane’s spot-kick but should have saved Sergio Aguero’s poor penalty which could have turned the tide in Chelsea’s favour.

Sarri said it was a ‘misunderstanding’ when speaking to the media after the game over whether a cramp-stricken Kepa should have carried on.

Despite his fury, Sarri later claimed the incident was a ‘misunderstanding’

But according to The Sun, the Italian gave Kepa a verbal hiding in front of his team-mates in the dressing room.

A Chelsea source revealed: “First he screamed at Kepa by telling him it was the striker’s job to score and that he had the option to change one misfiring forward for another.
“He went on to say that keepers were in the same position — and if he believed another keeper could do a better job he had the right to make the change.”

It is understood Chelsea’s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola also made his feelings known to Kepa.

The 24-year-old has publicly apologised for his conduct in the incident that sparked Sarri to uncharacteristically have a meltdown on the touchline.

However, Kepa is not expected to be punished as the Stamford Bridge hierarchy view it as a closed matter.

Sarri has the backing of his players in the dispute but none of them did anything about it at the time.

Kepa, who arrived in England for £71.6million last summer – a record fee for a goalkeeper – has struggled for form in his first season.

Chelsea went on to lose on penalties in the final

He is expected to keep his place between the sticks for Chelsea’s Premier League match at home to Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Defender David Luiz said: “The coach has the power over the group, he has our respect.

“He’s a great manager, he’s a great person.”