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Round of 16 in the Carabao Cup!

Carabao Cup Round of 16

Newport County vs. Newcastle

Newport County sit 3rd in League Two as they take on Newcastle who sit 9th in the Premier League. Newport beat Cambridge 1-0 in the 2nd Round and Watford 3-1 in the 3rd Round, they also beat Bolton 2-0 during the weekend. Newcastle beat Blackburn 1-0 and Morecambe 0-7 and drew to Spurs 1-1 through some VAR assisted luck. Newcastle should win this game but Newport have played well and have nothing to lose going into this game. 

Burnley vs. Man City

Burnley beat Sheffield United on penalties in the 2nd Round and beat Millwall 0-2 in the 3rd Round. Burnley though have had a poor start to the Premier League season as they sit 18th and lost 2 in 2. Man City beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the 3rd Round but have had a mixed start to the season having won 1 and lost at the weekend to Leicester as Rodgers thrashed City 2-5. It’s going to be a tough game for both sides and with City having several players missing this could be a tough game for Pep and co.

Brighton vs. Man United

Brighton beat Portsmouth 4-0 in the 2nd Round and then beat Preston 0-2 in the 3rd Round while also doing well in the league as they sit 12th having lost 2 and won 1. United beat Luton 0-3 in the last round and then through some miracle they beat Brighton in the Premier League at the weekend. If the weekend is anything to go by then Brighton will dominate United but Ole should have learned from the game on Saturday. It’s an interesting game as Brighton will want revenge on United for the result.

Everton vs. West Ham

Everton beat Salford 3-0 in the 2nd Round and then beat Fleetwood 2-5 in the 3rd Round. Ancelotti’s team have been the in form one as they have won 3 in 3 scoring for fun and sitting 2nd in the league on goal difference. West Ham beat Charlton 3-0 in the 2nd Round and followed that up by beating Hull 5-1 in the 3rd Round. West Ham also bounced back from 2 losses in the league to get their first win of the season by beating Wolves 4-0 at the weekend. West Ham have looked good over the last 4 games but Everton are in good form and so this should be an interesting game. 

Brentford vs. Fulham

Brentford sit 10th in the Championship and beat Southampton in the 2nd round and West Brom in the 3rd Round on penalties to face Fulham. Fulham beat Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday in the last 2 rounds and will play Villa in the league before playing this game. This was the play off final that saw Fulham reach the Premier League and Brentford will want to exact some revenge on Fulham. It also happens to be a London derby. 

Aston Villa vs. Stoke City

Villa beat Burton and Bristol in the last two rounds while Stoke beat Wolves and Gillingham. Villa sit 11th in the league and are yet to play on Monday before facing Stoke while Stoke sit 15th in the Championship. Villa should win this game.

Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Liverpool thrashed Lincoln in the last round while Arsenal beat Leicester in the last round. Liverpool have started the season well winning 2 out of 2 while Arsenal have done the same as well. The two teams play each other on Monday night in the league and will face each other again in this round. Should be very interesting as it will be an attacking side in Liverpool against a defensive Arsenal. 

La Liga MW 4

Valencia travel to Real Sociedad, Atletico travel to Huesca, Real Madrid entertain Valladolid, Sevilla entertain Levante, and Barcelona travel to Celta Vigo. Betis, Granada, Sociedad, and Celta Vigo make up the top four at the moment. Valencia sit 5th, Real Madrid sit 6th, and Atletico sit 9th while Barcelona are 10th followed by Sevilla in 11th. The bigger teams are playing catchup and have 1 or 2 games in hand but these are some tricky fixtures during the week. 

DFL Super-Cup

Bayern Munich vs. Dortmund

Bayern beat Schalke 8-0 to start their Bundesliga season and then followed that up by beating Sevilla in the Super Cup. Bayern then followed that up by losing to Hoffenheim 4-1 in the league. Dortmund beat Monchengladbach and then lost to Augsburg during the weekend. The two teams have had good starts but suffered wake up calls during the weekend and so this should be an entertaining and interesting game. 

Serie MW 1 (Games in hand)

Inter travel to Benevento as they play their game in hand while Atalanta play Lazio in their game in hand. All four teams won their games during the weekend and so it should be a few entertaining games. 

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