Carabao Cup third-round draw: Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brentford & Fulham discover fate
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Arsenal and Chelsea have been handed all-Premier League ties in the third round of the Carabao Cup with the Gunners heading to Brentford in a London derby while the Blues will make the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Chelsea booked their spot in the third-round with a narrow 2-1 win over League Two AFC Wimbledon at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, with the hosts coming from a goal down to claim victory.
Fulham knocked Tottenham Hotspur out on penalties on Tuesday night while Brentford needed penalties to beat Newport County on the same evening. Crystal Palace won 4-2 at Championship side Plymouth Argyle.
Arsenal and West Ham enter the competition at the third-round stage due to their respective European commitments.
Reflecting on his side’s win over Wimbledon, Mauricio Pochettino said: “It was tough. That’s the beauty of the competition, of the cups. I think for the circumstances we have in the squad at the moment, many players that were involved today, I’m happy with the performance. Many players that made their debut here and it’s tough first time.
“Many positive things. Of course, we have a squad and players that were rested and were on the bench in case we needed. They were fresh to go into the game and of course to help the team achieve what we wanted.
“That’s the beauty of the competition for any club, (when you’re) a Premier League club it’s always difficult to play a team like this, that belongs to this level in League Two. Always the motivation and the desire. It wasn’t a penalty for me, (but) that is the beauty of the competition, these things can happen.”
Elsewhere in the draw, Everton were drawn away to Aston Villa after surviving a scare at League Two Doncaster Rovers while Liverpool host Leicester City. Manchester City make the trip to Newcastle United while holders Manchester United host Palace at Old Trafford.
West Ham make the trip to Lincoln City after the League One side knocked Sheffield United out on penalties while Fulham host Norwich City. Ties will be played the week commencing September 25.
Third round draw in full
Ipswich Town v Wolves
Exeter City v Luton Town
Aston Villa v Everton
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Port Vale v Sutton United
Bradford City v Middlesbrough
Bournemouth v Stoke City
Lincoln City v West Ham
Brentford v Arsenal
Chelsea v Brighton
Salford City v Burnley
Fulham v Norwich City
Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City
Liverpool v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Mansfield Town v Peterborough United