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Carabao Cup

Five stories from Round Three

24 September 2020

Round Three of the Carabao Cup is always one of the biggest dates on the footballing calendar, and this year's instalment certainly delivered.

Here are just a few of the headlines following this week's action...

1. Into Round Four, into the history books...

Newport County's victory over Championship side Watford would have been impressive enough on its own, but Tuesday evening's 3-1 win for the Welsh side also saw them make history. The result, which saw them set up a clash with Premier League giants Newcastle United, also saw them seal a place in Round Four for the first time in their history, a feat well worthy of the celebrations that met the full-time whistle. With another giant-killing in their sights, just how far can the Sky Bet League Two side go in this year's competition?

2. Bees beat higher division opposition... again!

Brentford may have narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season, but the Carabao Cup has twice given them an opportunity to display their top-flight credentials, and they did just that on Tuesday night. After beating Southampton last time out and holding West Bromwich Albion to a 2-2 draw here, goalkeeper David Raya was the penalty shootout hero at The Hawthorns as Thomas Frank's men booked their spot in Round Four. There, they'll face Fulham, the side who beat them to a spot in the top-flight...

3. Goals galore!

If Tuesday night's action was entertaining then Wednesday and Thursday's Carabao Cup fixtures took things up a notch. Across 15 games in total, an incredible 61 goals were scored, including seven by Newcastle United and Liverpool respectively, six by Chelsea and five by Everton, as the Premier League sides progressed to Round Four at the expense of Morecambe, Lincoln City, Barnsley and Fleetwood Town respectively. Fellow top-flight sides Burnley, Fulham, Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal also made it through, all winning 2-0 on Wednesday, while last year's Finalists Aston Villa and Manchester City joined them on Thursday.  

4. A fine evening for the boys in blue

While Newcastle were the big winners on Wednesday evening, Chelsea took many of the headlines, thanks in part to Kai Havertz's first goals for the club following his high-profile summer move from Bayer Leverkusen. The German superstar announced his arrival in England with a hat-trick against Barnsley at Stamford Bridge, in a game which also brought debuts for defenders Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, with the latter registering a late assist. Could they go all the way and lift the Carabao Cup in 2020/21?

5. City's defence begins with a win

Manchester City are, of course, the current holders of the Carabao Cup, a competition they have made their own in recent years. Thursday evening saw Pep Guardiola's men get their defence of the trophy up and running with a home tie against AFC Bournemouth, and the Citizens set about starting their road to Wembley with a win, progressing to Round Four and setting up a meeting with Burnley in the process. They saw off the Cherries with a 2-1 victory, with young Liam Delap scoring on his first-team debut before Phil Foden netted a late winner.

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