Exciting Matches Unveiled in EFL Cup Third Round Draw
Get ready for some premier football action as the EFL Cup third round promises to deliver riveting clashes. The latest draw reveals five all-Premier League matchups, igniting anticipation for thrilling encounters. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store:
Defending champions Manchester United are set to face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Remarkably, this marks the 11th consecutive time they’ve drawn a home match in the competition. Meanwhile, Manchester City is bracing for a challenging trip to Newcastle United, aiming to repeat their 1-0 victory over Eddie Howe’s squad this season in the league.
In other fixtures, Aston Villa and Brentford will be hosting Everton and Arsenal, respectively. Brighton & Hove Albion, on the other hand, will hit the road to face Chelsea in yet another all-Premier League clash.
West Ham United will lock horns with Lincoln City away from home. The Imps, fresh off their penalty shootout triumph over Sheffield United, are keen on claiming another top-flight scalp.
Burnley is all set for a short journey to face off against Lancashire rivals Salford City. Meanwhile, Fulham, who clinched a penalty shootout victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the second round, will welcome Norwich City.
Nine-time winners Liverpool are poised to take on Leicester City in a highly anticipated home fixture.
These third-round battles are scheduled to unfold during the week commencing September 25.
EFL Cup Third Round Draw Highlights
Here’s a snapshot of the exciting fixtures in the third-round draw:
|Ipswich Town v Wolves||Exeter City v Luton Town|
|Aston Villa v Everton||Man Utd v Crystal Palace|
|Port Vale v Sutton United||Bradford City v Middlesbrough|
|Bournemouth v Stoke City||Lincoln City v West Ham|
|Brentford v Arsenal||Chelsea v Brighton|
|Salford City v Burnley||Fulham v Norwich|
|Blackburn v Cardiff||Liverpool v Leicester|
|Newcastle v Man City||Mansfield v Peterborough|
Debut Goal for Beto
Everton’s latest addition, Beto, made an impactful entrance by scoring his debut goal. Stepping onto the field just 24 hours after joining from Udinese, Beto’s precise positioning allowed him to net Abdoulaye Doucoure’s cross in the 73rd minute. Arnaut Danjuma, on loan from Villarreal, secured Everton’s victory with a decisive goal in the dying minutes.
Chelsea’s Triumph Over AFC Wimbledon
Chelsea orchestrated a comeback victory against AFC Wimbledon, triumphing 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. A duel of penalties unfolded in the first half, with Noni Madueke’s strike canceling out James Tilley’s earlier spot-kick for the visitors. Substitute Enzo Fernandez clinched Chelsea’s third-round spot with a clinical finish 18 minutes before the final whistle, marking his maiden goal for the club.
Late Drama at the City Ground
The lone all-Premier League clash of the night saw Burnley’s Zeki Amdouni emerge as the late hero against Nottingham Forest, sealing the win with a last-minute strike. Meanwhile, Sheffield United faced an exit, losing 3-2 on penalties to League One side Lincoln City. The Imps, guided by former footballer Mark Kennedy, kept a clean sheet throughout regular time, with John Egan’s missed penalty proving pivotal.
For the complete line-ups, refer to the club links below.
EFL Cup Second Round Results (Premier League Clubs Only)
- Chelsea 2-1 AFC Wimbledon
- Nott’m Forest 0-1 Burnley
- Sheff Utd 0-0 Lincoln (Lincoln won 3-2 in penalties)
- Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Everton
- Wolves 5-0 Blackpool
- Swansea 2-3 Bournemouth
- Fulham 1-1 (Fulham won 5-3 in penalties) Spurs
- Luton 3-2 Gillingham
- Newport 1-1 (Brentford won 3-0 in penalties)
- Plymouth 2-4 Crystal Palace