EFL Cup Preview – Best of 32

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EFL Cup best of 32 is about to begin tonight, and we decided to scroll through some of the most anticipated matches of this round. This is also the round where the best Premier League teams will join in after they got a bye in the first two rounds.

Arsenal – Nottingham Forest

The Gunners must be feeling very confident after 3–2 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday. Many players will surely rest, and we know that Lacazzete won’t be playing due to an ankle injury he is still recovering from. Despite that, Arsenal is a heavy favourite against Nottingham, who are currently sixth in the Championship.

Preston – Manchester City

Manchester City is defending the title won last year in the EFL Cup, and they will start their campaign against Preston. The home team defeated Bradford in the first round and got the better of Hull after a penalty shootout in the second. The Citizens will come out with a mixed squad as this is a perfect opportunity for coach Guardiola to test out some of his younger players.

Watford – Swansea

Watford got crushed by Manchester City last weekend by 8–0, and this will be a chance to forget about the embarrassing loss and the fact that they are currently at the bottom of the Premier League standings. Swansea, on the other hand, failed to score a goal in the previous two Championship matches, so both teams will be looking to leave a good impression on their fans after a few bad weeks.

Manchester United – Rochdale

The Red Devils are facing another disappointing PL season after they lost to West Ham a few days ago, but they have a decent-looking draw in the EFL Cup that can spike some confidence back into the squad. United’s opponent is Rochdale from League One, so anything apart from Manchester’s big win will be very surprising.

Full Schedule

Tuesday, 19.45 (local time):

 

Arsenal – Nottingham

Colchester – Tottenham

Crawley – Stoke

Luton – Leicester

Portsmouth – Southampton

Preston – Manchester City

Sheffield Wednesday – Everton

Watford – Swansea

 

Wednesday, 19.45 (local time):

 

Brighton – Aston Villa

Burton – Bournemouth

Chelsea – Grimsby

Milton Keynes – Liverpool

Oxford Utd – West Ham

Sheffield Utd – Sunderland

Wolves – Reading

 

Wednesday, 20.00 (local time):

Manchester Utd – Rochdale