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Carabao Cup Round Four: Ties to look out for

28 September 2020

After one of the best rounds of Carabao Cup football in recent memory, Round Four is just around the corner, and promises to deliver yet more entertainment!

Round Three certainly wasn't short of goals, and the road to Wembley resumes in midweek as sides bid to reach the Quarter-Finals.

Below, we've picked out just five of the standout ties, with all of the action available to watch live!

1. Liverpool v Arsenal

This all-Premier League clash needs no introduction, particularly given that the last meeting between the sides in this competition ended in an unforgettable 5-5 draw! Since that rollercoaster tie, Liverpool have been crowned champions of England, and will surely be looking to add to their record eight League Cup triumphs in 2020/21; meanwhile, for Arsenal, you can bet Mikel Arteta will want to get his hands on a trophy that eluded him as a player. This match also comes just weeks after the Gunners beat Jurgen Klopp's men to the Community Shield, and days after Liverpool scored seven goals in Round Three, making this one of the most intriguing ties of Round Four in prospect.

2. Brentford v Fulham

A repeat of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final is on the cards, and it's not one to be missed. Having beaten Brentford to promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season, Fulham will be hoping for more of the same when the sides do battle at the Bees' new West London stadium in the Carabao Cup. This time, a place in the Quarter-Finals is on the line, and Brentford will be bouyed by the fact they have already beaten higher division opposition twice in Southampton and West Bromwich Albion to set up this mouth-watering tie. Who will come out on top in this one is anyone's guess...

3. Newport County v Newcastle United

Few would have tipped Newport County to see off Championship new boys Watford in Round Three, but they did just that, running out 3-1 winners in South Wales to scenes of great celebration. The League Two side will relish the chance to face top-flight opponents in Round Four, but it will be another stern test, with the Geordies making their Carabao Cup intentions very clear in the last round. A 7-0 win at Morecambe is a good indication that Steve Bruce will field another strong side in this one, and they'll no doubt be wary of a potential giant-killing.

4. Burnley v Manchester City

Manchester City's affinity with the Carabao Cup has seen them lift the trophy on three occasions during Pep Guardiola's reign as manager and, having seen off AFC Bournemouth to reach Round Four, they'll be eager to continue their defence of the Carabao Cup in Lancashire when they travel to Burnley in midweek. Another tie which features two Premier League sides, there will be plenty of quality on display at Turf Moor, and City will be well aware that Burnley won't be an easy opponent. Only Liverpool have won the competition four years on the bounce (1981-84), but can the Citizens match that feat in 2020/21?

5. Aston Villa v Stoke City

Having lost out in last year's Final, Aston Villa have approached this year's competition with a determination about them, impressively beating Bristol City 3-0 away from home in Round Three. Next, they'll face Stoke City, whose famous League Cup triumph over Chelsea in 1972 remains one of the finest feats in the club's history. A tie that may fall into the 'potential banana skin' category for the hosts, it will be interesting to see how both sides approach this one, with a Quarter-Final place at stake.

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