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Carabao Cup Preview: Thursday’s Games

Carabao Cup Preview: Thursday’s games

There are three more quarter-final places up for grabs in the Carabao Cup tonight, here are our previews of tonight’s games…

Brentford v Fulham

The Brentford Community Stadium’s floodlights will be put to the test for the first time tonight, with West London rivals Fulham visiting the Bees.

Brentford have lost just one of their last six games against Fulham, but it was the biggest one of the lot. The Whites have really struggled since August’s Championship play-off final win over Brentford, rock bottom of the Premier League having conceded 13 goals in their first three league games.

The League Cup has provided Scott Parker’s side some solace away from a torrid start to their return to the Premier League, with wins over Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday seeing them this far in the competition.

Brentford have been equally impressive in the EFL Cup this season, eliminating two Premier League sides in West Bromwich Albion and Southampton so far. Another win for Brentford tonight will see them in the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

Aston Villa v Stoke City

Aston Villa went all the way to the final in last season’s Carabao Cup, but they’ll have to improve an impressive Stoke City run at Villa Park if they’re to move into the last eight tonight.

The Potters are unbeaten in their last seven visits to Aston Villa in all competitions, and having secured their first league win of the season on Saturday, they’ll be full of confidence tonight.

Michael O’Neill’s side has got the better of one Premier League opponent in the League Cup already this season, just up the road against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Aston Villa have won every game this season so far, and having scored an impressive 26 goals in the Carabao Cup since the start of last season, Dean Smith’s side should add a few to that tally tonight.

Liverpool v Arsenal

Arsenal play at Anfield for the second time in the matter of days tonight, but Mikel Arteta will be hoping for a better outcome this time.

The Gunners were victorious at Liverpool last season in the Premier League, and then got the better of the Reds at Wembley in the Community Shield, but Arsenal were outclassed on Monday night.

Goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and debutant Diogo Jota were enough to outweigh Alexandre Lacazette’s opener, but the line-ups will be somewhat different tonight.

Liverpool will have one eye on Sunday’s game at Aston Villa before the international break interrupts the Premier League season, and whilst Arsenal will also be conscious of their game at home to Sheffield United on the same day, the motivation for Mikel Arteta to boost prospects of further silverware with the Gunners might just give them the edge.

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