Manchester City begin Carabao Cup defence against Oxford United as Liverpool host Chelsea

Manchester City begin Carabao Cup defence against Oxford United as Liverpool host Chelsea

- Pep Guardiola's men battle Oxford United as they commence Carabao Cup title defence

- They defeated Arsenal to win last season's edition of the cup competition at the Wembley Stadium

- Meanwhile, Chelsea will travel to Anfield to face off with Liverpool in the toughest fixture of the round

Premier League champions Manchester City will kickoff their Carabao Cup title defence against lower league side Oxford United.

The Citizens thrashed fellow EPL side Arsenal 3-0 in the final of the cup competition earlier this year with Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva grabbing a goal each in the encounter.

Pep Guardiola's men also went ahead to clinch the English topflight title at the end of last term with a record 100 points after 38 matches.

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The third round of the English Football League matches will go down later in September.

Also in this round of the competition, Liverpool will be hosting FA Cup champions Chelsea at Anfield in one of the toughest matches.

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Struggling Manchester United are favourites to go through as they will battle Championship side Derby County for a chance to progress through to the next phase.

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur will play host to another English topflight side Watford in their race to win their first silverware in a long while.

The full draw

  • Arsenal v Brentford
  • Oxford United v Man City
  • Liverpool v Chelsea
  • Everton v Southampton
  • Man Utd v Derby
  • Tottenham v Watford
  • West Ham v Macclesfield
  • Wolves v Leicester
  • Bournemouth v Blackburn
  • Millwall v Fulham
  • West Brom v Crystal Palace
  • Burton Albion v Burnley
  • Nottingham Forest v Stoke
  • Wycombe v Norwich
  • Preston v Middlesbrough
  • Blackpool v QPR

NAIJ.com previously reported that Manchester City were at the weekend held to a 1-1 draw by Premier League new boys Wolves at the Molineux.

Pep Guardiola has not given his players time to reflect on what went wrong as it was back to the grind for an open training session on Sunday.

Hundreds of fans turned up despite the dull weather conditions to watch the Citizens train at their Etihad Campus facilities.

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