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Carabao Cup 2022/23 second-round draw: Everton travel to Fleetwood, Leeds to face Barnsley




Frank Lampard’s Everton will travel to Scott Brown’s Fleetwood in the second round of the Carabao Cup, while Leeds have been drawn against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.

Everton and Leeds are two of 13 Premier League sides that will enter the competition in round two, along with Championship clubs Watford and Burnley. The remaining seven top-flight clubs – including holders Liverpool – will be in the hat for round three.

Other second-round fixtures will see newly-promoted Bournemouth take on recently-relegated Norwich at Carrow Road, while Leicester have been handed an away tie against Stockport, who are back in the competition after an 11-year absence.

Aston Villa, Newcastle and Southampton have been handed away games against Bolton, Tranmere and Cambridge respectively. Nottingham Forest will face Grimsby, who are back in the EFL after a spell in non-League, and Crystal Palace travel to Oxford.


Brentford have also been given an away tie against lower-league opposition in the form of Colchester, as have Fulham and Brighton, who will play Crawley and Forest Green respectively.

Other notable ties see Derby host either West Brom or Sheffield United – who play their first-round fixture on Thursday – and Bradford boss Mark Hughes welcome former side Blackburn to Valley Parade.

All second-round fixtures will take place in the week commencing August 22.

Carabao Cup second-round draw in full

Northern Section

Bolton vs Aston Villa


Derby vs West Brom or Sheffield United

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Wolves vs Preston

Leeds vs Barnsley

Fleetwood vs Everton

Sheffield Wednesday vs Rochdale


Tranmere vs Newcastle

Rotherham vs Morecambe

Barrow vs Lincoln

Stockport vs Leicester

Bradford vs Blackburn


Grimsby vs Nottingham Forest

Shrewsbury vs Burnley

Southern Section

Stevenage vs Peterborough

Norwich vs Bournemouth


Newport vs Portsmouth

Oxford vs Crystal Palace

Watford vs MK Dons

Colchester vs Brentford

Wycombe vs Bristol City


Walsall vs Charlton

Crawley vs Fulham

Cambridge vs Southampton

Gillingham vs Exeter

Forest Green vs Brighton


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Olise’s late strike gets Palace point against United



Michael Olise has helped Crystal Palace get a point against Manchester United in their 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park Stadium on Wednesday night.

The midfielder’s late strike in extra-time, 91′, levelled the game against United, who had controlled the lead since the 43rd minute of the first half after Bruno Fernandes’ fine finish put the Red Devils ahead just before the break.

A relentless Olise scored from a free kick with a left-footed shot to the top right corner. The equalising goal saw United’s dream of replacing defending EPL champions City in the second place on the league table, fade away, as they remain third with 39 points, having played a game more than City.

Crystal Palace remains in 12th place with 23 points.


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Atletico Madrid head coach speaks on leaving Atletico Madrid



Atletico Madrid head coach, Diego Simeone, has insisted that nobody has personally told him to leave the club.

Rumours have persisted that Simeone, 52, could be set to end this 11-year stay at Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

However, the Argentine has now stated that no one at the club has asked him to quit the La Liga giants.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey tie with Levante on Wednesday night, Simeone said when asked about reports suggesting he would leave the club at the end of the season: “No one has personally asked me to leave.”


However, having already been eliminated from UEFA Champions League and sitting 13 points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table, the Copa del Rey is Atletico Madrid’s last realistic opportunity for a trophy this season.

It has been a disappointing campaign for Simeone’s side, as they sit fourth in the league.

Simeone added, “The boys are enthusiastic to reverse this situation that we have experienced since the break and prior to the World Cup. It’s been a regular to a bad season. For me, there is growth after the break, hopefully, we will continue in that line.”

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EPL: Frank Lampard won’t run away – Shaun Wright-Phillips



Former Chelsea player, Shaun Wright-Phillips has backed his former teammate, Frank Lampard to stay at Goodison Park and turn things around.

Wright-Phillips said his former team-mate does not run away from challenges such as Everton is facing now but would face them squarely

Lampard is in danger of being sacked any moment from now after yet another defeat on Friday.

Everton crashed out of the FA Cup on Friday after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford


Frank Lampard has now led Toffees to six defeats in their last seven matches and they have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup and are currently 18th in the Premier League.

“Frank Lampard has always been a player and a person that won’t run away from things not going well,” Wright-Phillips told the BBC.

“He is the type of person to try and solve it or try and make the situation a lot better…”

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