EFL Cup 2021-22, Round 3 preview: Top EPL sides in easy encounters, favourites to proceed to Round 4
Amidst the English Premier League 2021-22, the first domestic knockout tournament of the season, the EFL Cup 2021-22, gets underway from Tuesday, with the top EPL sides in action.
The 2021-22 English Premier League is up and running, while the first domestic knockout tournament, the EFL Cup 2021-22, also gets underway from Tuesday. The top EPL sides enter the competition from Round 3, as we present the preview of those top sides.
Manchester City up against minnow Wycombe Wanderers
Defending champion City has been handed an easy draw against League One's Wycombe on Tuesday. Indeed, it would be an easy tie for the Cityzens to deal with, especially playing at the Etihad Stadium, as we expect a goal rush.
Liverpool out to plunder Norwich City
Liverpool is generally not very keen on taking part in the tournament, but it is bound to. As it faces EPL's Norwich on Tuesday, The Reds would be the favourite to see it through to the fourth round. However, the tournament is known for giant-killing, and the Canaries tend to flare up in this competition. So, don't be surprised if it goes the other way around, especially with Norwich playing at home.
Can Leicester City outlast Millwall?
Leicester has not been in the best of forms in the EPL. As it looks to change its fortunes, it would be aiming to prioritise this tournament to gain some confidence. It travels to take on Championship side Millwall on Wednesday. It should be relatively easy for the Foxes. But, keeping the giant-killing trend in mind, it won't be a surprise if Leicester gets knocked out here itself.
Tottenham Hotspur looks to get rid of Wolves threat
Tottenham has been in decent form in the EPL, although it has lost its past two games. Nevertheless, it would be getting on the road to recovery hereon. However, it won't be easy as it faces a tricky task against Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home on Sunday. Yet, with Spurs head coach Nuno Espírito Santo aware of the tactics of his former club, Tottenham is likely to see this through. But, it would be interesting to see how the home crowd reacts.
Manchester United faces West Ham United test again
United is coming off a dramatic win against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday in its EPL clash. The two sides clash again in this knockout fixture on Sunday, this time at Old Trafford. Although the Red Devils would be favourite to win this, the Hammers would eye payback and would be determined. Therefore, it won't be easy for United.
Arsenal should have it easy against Wimbledon
Arsenal hosts Wimbledon on Wednesday, as it looks to get its season on track. While it seems to have recovered from its initial hiccup in the EPL, it would be a wholly different challenge in this competition against the League One side. Therefore, judging by the current trend of the Gunners, it won't be surprising for it to get knocked out early.
Chelsea aims to rout Aston Villa
Chelsea has been on a spree in the EPL and would aim to continue the trend in this tournament as it hosts EPL side Aston Villa on Wednesday. Going by the current form, The Blues is the outright favourite, and it would take a monumental effort from the Villans to see it through.
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