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Record breakers and familiar faces: Carabao Cup Round Three preview

17 September 2021

All eyes will be on reigning Carabao Cup champions Manchester City when they enter the 2021 Carabao Cup in Round Three next week.

All eyes will be on reigning Carabao Cup champions Manchester City when they enter the 2021 Carabao Cup in Round Three next week. However, Sky Bet League One opposition Wycombe Wanderers stand in their way of a fifth successive triumph and a record ninth Cup title.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men pay a visit to the Etihad on Tuesday evening, with Wanderers having bowed out of the League Cup at the hands of City in 1995, but it’s fair to say the Buckinghamshire Club have come a long way since then and should not be underestimated.

Runners-up Tottenham Hotspur will have to overcome top-flight rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers if they want to progress, having already seen off Wolves in the Premier League last month.

When West Ham United go toe-to-toe with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo could be involved in the Carabao Cup for the first time since tucking away his penalty kick in the 2009 Final against Spurs.

And, in the other all-Premier League ties, Norwich City will host Liverpool, and Chelsea welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge.

In the London derby, Arsenal prepare to face AFC Wimbledon, who could be reunited with former loan shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale. The goalkeeper, who made the switch from Sky Bet Championship outfit Sheffield United to the Emirates in the summer, was handed his first start against Norwich at the weekend.

Two teams that haven’t met on competitive grounds in almost three decades and last encountered one-another in the League Cup in 1988, Burnley and Rochdale will lock horns on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, last year’s Semi-Finalists Brentford take on an Oldham Athletic side treading water in the Sky Bet League Two, but could the Latics redeem themselves in the Carabao Cup?

Southampton go in search of redemption against the team who denied them a place in the League Cup Semi-Finals in 2014, as Sheffield United welcome the Saints to Bramall Lane.

Last time the two sides met in the competition, the Blades secured their place in the Semi-Finals. A whisker away from making the Final, Nigel Clough’s men were eventually seen off by Spurs, when now-Southampton striker Che Adams on target for the South Yorkshire side in the second leg of the Semi-Finals.

League One rivals Wigan Athletic and Sunderland will battle it out for a place in Round Four, with the Black Cats riding high in the third-tier and taking maximum points from Wigan in their earlier encounter in August.

Cheltenham Town await Preston North End, and Fulham and Leeds United – who breezed past Birmingham City and Crewe Alexandra respectively in Round Two – set the stage at Craven Cottage.

Also coming up in Round Three of the competition, Queens Park Rangers take on Everton, Watford go head to-head with Stoke City and Leicester City make the trip to Millwall.

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