The English Football League Cup third round saw major excitement and high drama across the country this week.
Upsets were in the cards, as Preston North End defeated Premier League side AFC Bournemouth 3-2 in extra time. North London clubs, on the other hand, flexed their muscles as both Arsenal and Tottenham advanced in emphatic fashion.
We highlight three great matchups to watch for in the EFL Cup fourth round.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY – OLD TRAFFORD
It just had to be another Manchester derby, didn’t it?
Manchester United and Manchester City meet again in the EFL Cup fourth round next month and United manager Jose Mourinho will want to ensure that the Red Devils are up to the challenge.
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have started out the Premier League campaign perfectly and are firing on all cylinders.
United, however, have struggled both in league play and the Europa League. After a 2-1 victory in September, City will feel confident in returning for another encounter at Old Trafford.
One has to think that the winner of the match will be a strong favourite to go on to the cup final.
WEST HAM UNITED VS CHELSEA – OLYMPIC STADIUM
West Ham United have had a difficult start to 2016-17, and Wednesday night seemed to be following that same script against League Two side Accrington Stanley. But midfielder Dimitri Payet saved the day with a 90th minute goal to send the Hammers through to the fourth round.
Chelsea have seen a dip in league form recently, after a draw at Swansea City and a home loss to Liverpool. Their third round EFL Cup match with Leicester City began with a stumble, but manager Antonio Conte guided the Blues to an impressive four unanswered goals and a 4-2 victory in extra time.
A London derby awaits in October where both sides will be hoping to come into the match playing their best football.
LIVERPOOL VS TOTTENHAM – ANFIELD
Two of the finest managers in the Premier League square off as Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool host Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur.
Both clubs made short work of their third round opponents and are enjoying strong current league form.
Liverpool will be looking to return to this season’s EFL Cup final, after falling short on penalties to Manchester City last year.
The sides each bring tremendous attacking options and this tie has the potential to bring quite a few goals.
All fourth round matches are currently scheduled for the week of October 24th. The five other fixtures leading up to the tournament quarterfinals are listed below.
Fans and supporters have much to look forward to as the competition rolls on.
ARSENAL VS READING
BRISTOL CITY VS HULL CITY
LEEDS UNITED VS NORWICH CITY
NEWCASTLE UNITED VS PRESTON NORTH END
SOUTHAMPTON VS SUNDERLAND
Roy Emanuel, TFN Deputy Editor and US Correspondent on 21/09/2016 at 23:30
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