Man City start Cup defence at Swansea
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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