Carabao Cup Round of 16: Arsenal vs. West Ham, Newcastle vs. Man U
The Carabao Cup round of 16 kicks off today, featuring some thrilling matches on this Wednesday. Let's take a closer look at the midweek football action in England.
The most significant news following the third round was Manchester City's unexpected exit, knocked out by Newcastle United, which means no quadruple this season for Pep Guardiola's side.
Newcastle secured their victory with a well-placed goal from Aleksander Isak, and now they are set to face Manchester United on Wednesday. It's becoming increasingly challenging for Erik Ten Hag and Manchester United, especially after their recent loss in the Derby to Manchester City and their drop to 8th place in the Premier League. Now, they must host Newcastle at Old Trafford. However, there's a glimmer of hope for the Red Devils as Newcastle currently sits 6th in the Premier League and faces Arsenal over the weekend before a tough trip to Dortmund for Champions League football. This could lead to Eddie Howe fielding a rotated team, potentially giving Manchester United an advantage.
Chelsea, who eliminated Brighton in the third round, will be taking on Blackburn Rovers this Wednesday. While this match may not seem like the most thrilling encounter, with Chelsea, you can never be quite sure what to expect.
A massive London derby is also on the horizon as West Ham and Arsenal clash at the London Stadium. Arsenal's recent 5-0 victory over Sheffield United showcased their prowess, while West Ham suffered a loss to Everton. However, the Gunners have a challenging weekend match against Newcastle before their Champions League showdown with Sevilla next week. Can West Ham seize the opportunity and get something out of this encounter?
Another intriguing Premier League matchup in the League Cup features Bournemouth versus Liverpool. Bournemouth has struggled this season, and Liverpool appears to have regained their form after last season's setbacks. With a weekend fixture against Luton Town, it seems like Liverpool should have the upper hand.
In addition to these matches, Everton faces Burnley, and Ipswich Town squares off against Fulham on Wednesday. The Carabao Cup continues to surprise us with unexpected twists and turns. Stay tuned for more exciting action in the coming rounds.
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