Man City start Cup de­fence at Swansea

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c MANCH­ESTER City will start their de­fence of the English Foot­ball League Cup with a third-round trip to fel­low Premier League side Swansea.

City won the com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son un­der Manuel Pel­le­grini with a penalty shootout vic­tory over Liver­pool af­ter a 1-1 draw in the fi­nal at Wem­b­ley.

Now man­aged by Pep Guardi­ola, City re­ceived a bye to the third round due to their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Cham­pi­ons League and, on the day they de­feated Steaua Bucharest 1-0 to clinch their place in the group stages of Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion, the League Cup draw sent them to the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

City’s ri­vals Manch­ester United will travel to third tier giant-killers Northamp­ton, who shocked West Bromwich Al­bion in a penalty shoot-out af­ter a 2-2 draw in the sec­ond round on Tues­day.

Chelsea face an in­trigu­ing clash at Premier League cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter, while Arse­nal visit sec­ond tier Not­ting­ham For­est.

Liver­pool take on sec­ond tier Derby at the iPro Sta­dium and Tot­ten­ham host third tier Gilling­ham, who en­joyed a 2-1 win at Premier League Wat­ford in the sec­ond round.

Fourth tier Ac­cring­ton’s re­ward for their 1-0 sec­ond round win against Premier League Burn­ley is a trip to West Ham.

Ful­ham, who de­feated topflight Mid­dles­brough 2-1 in the sec­ond round, take on Bris­tol City. SUN­DER­LAND have com­pleted a deal to bring Atletico Madrid full-back Javier Man­quillo back to the Premier league on a sea­son-long loan.

The 22-year-old Spa­niard be­comes David Moyes’ sixth sign­ing of the sum­mer af­ter join­ing from the Span­ish gi­ants.

The Black Cats have the op­tion of con­vert­ing the sea­son-long loan to a per­ma­nent four-year deal af­ter the com­ple­tion of the loan pe­riod.

It will also mark a re­turn to Mersey­side for the Spa­niard, who spent the 2014-15 sea­son on loan with Liver­pool, and last sea­son on loan to Olympique Mar­seille.

Mean­while, Manch­ester City have signed goal­keeper Clau­dio Bravo from Barcelona for 18m euros (£15.4m).

The fee for the 33-year-old Chile in­ter­na­tional could rise with £1.7 mil­lion of add-ons, say the Span­ish club.

Bravo, who has signed a four-year con­tract, is ex­pected to start ahead of Eng­land goal­keeper Joe Hart and Ar­gen­tine Willy Ca­ballero. — su­pers­port.com

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