The Carabao Cup 2018-19 is back after a month for its round of 16 clashes. Taking place on early Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning (IST), the last 16 teams will compete for a spot in the quarter-finals of England’s domestic cup tournament. The matches will start at 1:15 am IST on all days. Bournemouth Vs Norwich City kick-starts the round of 16 on Wednesday morning with Manchester City Vs Fulham bringing an end to the pre-quarterfinals on Friday.
Key Matches to Watch Out For:
Chelsea Vs Derby County
Coming back to Carabao Cup 2018-19, when Chelsea legend and one of the best midfielders to have ever graced the game, Frank Lampard visits his old team as manager of Derby Country emotions are going to be at an all-time high. With Derby County clicking under Lampard this season and Chelsea going all guns blazing under Sarri’s methodology, the match is going to be an entertaining one.
For Derby, the main threat will be Chelsea’s attack roller-coaster which is in full flow. Intricate and quick passing has left teams bamboozled and if Derby is unable to contain the Chelsea juggernaut then they could very well be on the back of a thrashing. However, with an astute mind like Lampard coming to town, things are expected to get a little hard for the hosts who will be without key man Hazard once again.
Arsenal Vs Blackpool
With Crystal Palace bringing their 11 match winning streak to an end this week, a hurting Arsenal side will be looking to get back on track come Thursday. We expect them to go through to the quarter-finals despite resting several players ahead of their crucial premier league tie against Liverpool in the coming weekend. The likes of Danny Welbeck and Mkhitaryan should start for Arsenal.
Manchester City Vs Fulham
What can be expected when an enthralling and exciting attacking side in Manchester City take on one of the most defensively shambolic sides in Fulham. Goals, goals and more goals of course. The match will easily end in City’s favor that could very well make this embarrassing for their visitors.
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