After two dramatic opening rounds, the 2018-19 Carabao Cup has exploded into life after defending champions – Manchester City and their fellow European qualified teams finally joined the competition in the Third Round draw.

So which big teams face early cup tests?

Liverpool vs Chelsea

This is the biggest tie from the draw as Liverpool meet Chelsea in a crunch match because this competition probably represents their best chance of silverware this season. 

Both sides have made bright starts to season so will be keen not to lose any momentum in this fixture, adding further excitement to what will be a tricky tie. 

Excluding 2014-15 Semi Final two legged meeting, there has been three previous League Cup meetings with the home side winning on each occasion, therefore favouring Liverpool here. 

Either way, this is a early blockbuster tie between English giants. 

 

Millwall vs Fulham

Millwall v Fulham

Who doesn’t love a London derby?

This definitely should be a fierce tie as these teams have never met in League Cup before and Fulham have splashed the cash over summer. 

Given the amount spent, Fulham should really be targeting some good cup runs as well as Premier League survival. 

Millwall might of lost both league meetings last season in this fixture but have taken the cup seriously this season, fielding a strong team against Plymouth in second round so cannot be underestimated. 

Either way, this is a mouth watering derby for neutrals and better than Arsenal vs Brentford, which is probably bound to be one sided. 

Oxford United vs Manchester City

Manchester City start their title defence with what could well be a tricky trip to Oxford United. 

Last season, we saw City’s second string team struggle to get through ties against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester and if it’s same again, they might pay the price at what will be a tough stadium to visit.

From seven previous trips to Oxford, Man City have avoided defeat on four occasions (W2, D2) meaning that this could really go any way.

 

Other Highlights

Burton Albion vs Burnley – Tough away test for a struggling Clarets side, 

Everton vs Southampton – Both sides will want a cup run so should be competitive.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough – All Championship clash between two strong sides although Boro won last two League Cup meetings by a 3-1 result. 

 

 

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