Carabao Cup: Wednesday’s preview of matches

Carabao Cup: Wednesday’s preview of matches

There will be five third round matches played across England later tonight, with the game between two Premier League teams, West Brom and Manchester City at the Hawthorns top of the bill.

Arsenal vs Doncaster

The Gunners host League One strugglers, Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates with Arsene Wenger expected to make a raft of changes to the side that played out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Sunday.

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

Antonio Conte’s men will be hoping for a return to winning ways, following a listless performance in their goalless draw against Arsenal on Sunday when they host championship side, Nottingham Forest.

Eden Hazard is set for his first start for the Blues since his return to fitness following surgery on a fractured ankle that kept him out for three months. However, David Luiz is suspended for the tie after his sending off on Sunday against the Arsenal.

For the visitors, they travel to the Bridge hoping for a first appearance in the fourth round, which they last achieved in 2004.

Everton vs Sunderland

After a series of poor results, Ronald Koeman and his Everton side welcome Sunderland at Goodison Park looking for redemption.

The Toffees, who have lost their last three games conceding ten goals in the process, welcome the Black Cats, whom they have met in the League Cup twice, losing on both occasions, with the penalty loss in 1998 the most recent.

Manchester United vs Burton Albion

Jose Mourinho could rest some key players when the Red Devils host Burton at Old Trafford later tonight, with Nemanja Matic, who has featured since his switch to Old Trafford from Chelsea in the summer, set to lead the pack of players expected to be rested by the Portuguese manager.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw could have his first start for United in months, as he continues to step up his return from a long-term injury.

Both teams have met before, when Burton, who were a Conference side, earned a replay at Old Trafford in the FA cup in 2006 after holding the Red Devils to a goalless draw at their Pirelli stadium.

This will be their time playing United, who later put 5 goals past them in that 2006 FA cup replay at the venue for tonight’s clash.

WBA vs Manchester City

The tie of the day is at the Hawthorns, where Tony Pulis’ West Brom play host to Pep Guardiola and his rampaging City side, who have scored 15 goals in their last three games across all competitions.

The Baggies will miss a number of players, including Jake Livermore, who has been given an extended break for mental fatigue, and Nacer Chadli, who misses out completely due to an injury.

For the visitors City, Ilkay Gundogan could earn a first start, as he also steps up his return from a long-term knee injury.

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