Carabao Cup third round: Results, predictions & previews

The 2021/22 season may be in its infancy but we are already halfway through (well, a little bit over actually) the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Tuesday’s fixtures saw comfortable wins for heavyweight challengers Manchester City and Liverpool, while there were also wins for Premier League duo Brentford and Burnley. But there were some surprise exits too, namely Everton – who crashed out at QPR after losing on penalties.

Wednesday will see Manchester United clash with West Ham at Old Trafford, and there’s another all Premier League tie between Wolves and Tottenham to look forward to.

Here’s a rundown of the results so far, as well as predictions and previews for the remaining ties.

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Riyad Mahrez was among the scorers for Manchester City / PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Manchester City rotated heavily in defence against Wycombe but released the big guns up front in a 6-1 demolition job at the Etihad Stadium.

Brandon Hanlan gave the Chairboys a shock lead after 22 minutes before Pep Guardiola’s side sprung to life after Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser. Riyad Mahrez bagged a brace, and Phil Foden and Ferran Torres netted one each before young midfielder Cole Palmer put the gloss on the scoreline two minutes from time.

Liverpool were also comfortable winners, overcoming a lacklustre Norwich 3-0 at Carrow Road. Takumi Minamino scored twice for the Reds, either side of a well-taken header from Divock Origi.

Elsewhere, there was a shock at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium as Championship outfit QPR overcame Everton 8-7 on penalties after the two sides had shared four goals between them. Charlie Austin netted a brace for Rangers, with Lucas Digne and Andros Townsend on the scoresheet for the Toffees, before Tom Davies saw his spot kick saved by QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng.

Jimmy Dunne then netted the winner, sending Asmir Begovic the wrong way to crash his penalty into the top corner.

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Everton are out of the Carabao Cup after losing on penalties / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

There was also success for Southampton on penalties (4-2) after a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, as well as Leeds – who overcame Fulham 6-5 in their shootout at Craven Cottage following a goalless draw.

Premier League new boys Watford, who rotated a number of players, were another round three casualty, crashing out 3-1 to Stoke at Vicarage Road after goals from Nick Powell, Sam Clucas and Josh Tymon.

Burnley cruised into round four as Jay Rodriguez scored four goals – his first treble or more in over a decade – in a 4-1 win over Rochdale, while there was even more impressive win for Brentford. Thomas Frank’s side ran out 7-0 victors over Oldham Athletic, spearheaded by another four-goal showing – this time from Marcus Forss. Youna Wissa was also on the scoresheet twice.

Preston are also through after overcoming League One newcomers Cheltenham 3-1 at Deepdale, as are Sunderland – who won the battle of first vs second in the third tier of English football to beat Wigan Athletic 2-0.

Results

Brentford 7-0 Oldham
Burnley 4-1 Rochdale
Fulham 0-0 Leeds (5-6 pens)
Man City 6-1 Wycombe
Norwich 0-3 Liverpool
Preston 3-1 Cheltenham
QPR 2-2 Everton (8-7 pens)
Sheffield United 2-2 Southampton (2-4 pens)
Watford 1-3 Stoke
Wigan 0-2 Sunderland

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When is kick off? Wednesday 22 September, 19:30 (BST)
Where is the match being played? The Amex
What TV channel is it on? BBC 5 Live Final Score (UK)
Highlights? Carabao Cup on Quest TV (UK)
Referee? Michael Salisbury

Brighton boss Graham Potter will be facing his former side on Wednesday fresh off a somewhat fortuitous victory over Leicester at the weekend.

After a great season last time out, the Swans are stuttering this campaign and Brighton should see them off at home.

Prediction: Brighton 3-0 Swansea City

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Leicester had two goals disallowed on Sunday / Robin Jones/Getty Images

When is kick off? Wednesday 22 September, 19:45 (BST)
Where is the match being played? The New Den
What TV channel is it on? BBC 5 Live Final Score (UK)
Highlights? Carabao Cup on Quest TV (UK)
Referee? Andrew Madley

Millwall dumped Leicester out of the FA Cup in 2017 with Ben Chilwell confiding that he was too scared to take throw-ins in front of the intimidating home crowd after the game.

These days, the Foxes have much more strength in depth so getting the better of their lower-league opponents should be doable.

Prediction: Millwall 1-3 Leicester

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When is kick off? Wednesday 22 September, 19:45 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Molineux
What TV channel is it on? ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? Carabao Cup on Quest TV (UK)
Referee? Peter Bankes

Just a month removed from their meeting in the Premier League, Wolves and Tottenham face off in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Spurs already have the albatross of Conference League football around their necks this season, so this is a competition Nuno Espirito Santo could do without. This might give Wolves, who haven’t started the campaign brilliantly, the encouragement they need to win.

Prediction: Wolves 2-1 Tottenham

When is kick off? Wednesday 22 September, 19:45 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Old Trafford
What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event (UK)
Highlights? Carabao Cup on Quest TV (UK)
Referee? Jon Moss

West Ham will not have to wait long to get their revenge on Manchester United after the Red Devils subjected them to a 2-1 loss on Sunday.

There was late penalty drama in that one and we think there might be again, with this one set to go all the way to a shootout.

Prediction: Man Utd 1-1 West Ham (Man Utd win on penalties)

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When is kick off? Wednesday 22 September, 19:45 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Emirates Stadium
What TV channel is it on? BBC 5 Live Final Score (UK)
Highlights? Carabao Cup on Quest TV (UK)
Referee? Jarred Gillett

When Wimbledon fans cobbled together to form a phoenix club in 2002, ties against the likes of Arsenal would have seemed like a pipedream.

Less than two decades later the Dons are set to travel to north London for one of the most glamourous games in their short history. It’s probably not going to go well, though.

Prediction: Arsenal 4-1 AFC Wimbledon

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Chelsea look imperious this season / Visionhaus/Getty Images

When is kick off? Wednesday 22 September, 19:45 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Stamford Bridge
What TV channel is it on? ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? Carabao Cup on Quest TV (UK)
Referee? Graham Scott

Thomas Tuchel recently revealed his confidence in Chelsea’s ability to compete on multiple front this season. His side’s capacity to do just that will be tested scrupulously on Wednesday when Aston Villa come to town, four days on from a great win over in-form Everton.

Although Villa will make it difficult, the Blues’ fringe players will be desperate to impress and should have enough to get over the line.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Aston Villa