Round 3 of the English Football League (EFL) Cup is set, following the conclusion of matches in the second round.
The majority of the Premier League teams book their passage to the next round, while what you might term a “cupset” did occur in one center.
The next stage of the tournament promises to be more grueling and riveting, with bigger teams set to compete.
The first, second, and third most successful sides in the competition will be competing from the third round as they aim to win more silverware for the season.
Liverpool are the most successful side in the competition, with 9 EFL Cup titles, while Manchester City and Manchester United are 2nd and 3rd.
The Citizens have won 8 EFL Cup titles while defending champions Manchester United have won 6.
Despite the disregard for the competition in some rounds, Premier League teams have in recent seasons put in their best legs, as this sometimes comes as their only hope of silverware.
As the tournament also gets to its crucial stages like the quarter-final, and semi-final, teams naturally have the drive to field their strongest eleven.
The final of the 2023/24 edition of the English Football League Cup will be played on the 25th of February, 2024.
EFL Cup Second Round Results
Chelsea 2-1 AFC Wimbledon
Harrogate Town 0-8 Blackburn Rovers
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Burnley
Sheffield United 0-0 Lincoln City (2-3)
Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Everton
Meanwhile, following the conclusion of matches in the second round of the English Football League Cup, the draws for the third round were conducted and the pairings from the draws are as follows;
Manchester United trade tackles with Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lock horns with Newcastle United in another all-Premier League affair.
Liverpool trade tackles with Leicester City at Anfield, while Fulham host Norwich City, who booked their passage to this round after defeating Bristol City by 1-0.
Brentford welcome Arsenal to their ground, while Brighton visit Stamford Bridge to clash with Chelsea.
Aston Villa also battle Sean Dyche’s Everton, while for games that are not an all-Premier League affair, Salford City entertain Burnley.
Matches in the third round are expected to take place on 26th of September 2023.
Third-round matches 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