Carabao Cup draw LIVE! Arsenal, Manchester United join Chelsea to learn third-round fate

Carabao Cup draw LIVE! Arsenal, Manchester United join Chelsea to learn third-round fate

Carabao Cup draw LIVE!

The League Cup kicks up a gear tonight as the remaining Premier League teams enter the fray. Tottenham have already been knocked out, so will not be involved, as the biggest scalp of the competition so far. Chelsea almost joined them tonight, but came from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1.

The Blues feared the worst when The League Two visitors took a shock lead from the penalty spot in the 19th minute through James Tilley, but Noni Madueke - with a penalty of his won - and Enzo Fernandez eventually secured a narrow win.

Holders Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle, West Ham, Brighton and Aston Villa are all in the hat, with all fixtures possible from this stage onwards with the regionalised portion of the cup finishing in round two. What will the Carabao Cup have in store for us in the third round? Follow the draw LIVE below with our dedicated blog.

Chelsea vs AFC Wimbledon latest updates

  • Draw time: 10.15pm BST

  • How to watch: Sky Sports

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Thanks for following along tonight. Stick with us for all the fallout from tonight’s action.

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The games will be played across the week commencing Monday, September 25.

Draw in full

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So many all-Premier League ties in a fantastic draw.

Ipswich vs Wolves

Exeter vs Luton

Aston Villa vs Everton

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Port Vale vs Sutton United

Bradford vs Middlesbrough

Bournemouth vs Stoke City

Lincoln vs West Ham

Brentford vs Arsenal

Chelsea vs Brighton

Salford City vs Burnley

Fulham vs Norwich City

Blackburn vs Cardiff

Liverpool vs Leicester

Newcastle vs Manchester City

Mansfield vs Peterborough

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Mansfield vs Peterborough

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Newcastle vs Manchester City

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Liverpool vs Leicester

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Blackburn vs Cardiff

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Fulham vs Norwich City

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Salford City vs Burnley

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Chelsea vs Brighton

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Brentford vs Arsenal

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Lincoln vs West Ham

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Bournemouth vs Stoke City

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Port Vale vs Sutton United

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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

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Aston Villa vs Everton

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Exeter vs Luton

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Ipswich vs Wolves

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Sutton United are now the lowest-placed side left in the competition. I’m sure everyone will want them, and they will want a big’un.

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Right then, are we ready? 32 teams into 16 games.

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Ok, almost time.

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Sky Sports are running a little late while Sean Dyche tries to explain how his Everton team scrapped past a Doncaster team who are down the bottom of League Two.

Ball numbers

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1 AFC Bournemouth

2 Arsenal

3 Aston Villa

4 Bradford City

5 Brentford

6 Brighton and Hove Albion

7 Cardiff City

8 Crystal Palace

9 Exeter City

10 Fulham

11 Ipswich Town

12 Leicester City

13 Liverpool

14 Luton Town

15 Manchester City

16 Manchester United

17 Mansfield Town

18 Middlesbrough

19 Norwich City

20 Newcastle United

21 Peterborough United

22 Port Vale

23 Salford City

24 Stoke City

25 Sutton United

26 West Ham United

27 Wolverhampton Wanderers

28 Chelsea

29 Everton

30 Blackburn Rovers

31 Burnley

32 Lincoln City

How to watch Carabao Cup third-round draw

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TV channel: In the UK, the third-round draw will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Premier League, plus Sky Sports News.

Live stream: Live coverage of the draw is also available online for subscribers via the Sky Go app.

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The Carabao Cup third round draw is coming up soon, expected in about 10 minutes or so.


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99min: And that’s your lot! Chelsea are into the third round... just!

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98min: The corner comes in, the Wimbledon keeper is up and Chelsea clear... Maatsen takes the ball over the halfway line with the goal gaping, he generously passes to Fernandez... so misses an open goal!

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97min: Oh my, so close from Wimbledon in the final minute! Diasi concedes a corner...

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94min: Gallagher almost rounds off a superb Chelsea move but his shot is over the bar from inside the area.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

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“Robert Sanchez gave away a penalty but hasn't let it impact his performance. Probably been Chelsea's best player here aside from Enzo.”

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91min: Seven minutes added on.

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87min: Maatsen is booked.

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82min: Madueke is replaced by Caicedo. The forward gets a very good reception.

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79min: More changes for Wimbledon. Sasu and Bugiel on for Neufville and Pell.

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75min: Almost a third from Chelsea! It’s four on two as Jackson takes it wide and spots Madueke free inside the area, but his shot is straight at Bass!

He had to score.

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74min: That’s Fernandez’s first goal for Chelsea, but probably not against the opponents he expected. Bass is just standing outside his goal with his hand on his hips.


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73min: Fernandez strokes home into an empty net after a huge mistake from Wimbledon keeper Bass!

He sent his clearance straight at Gusto. The two subs capitalise.

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72min: Jackson is down briefly after what looked like a clash of heads, but he’ll be fine.

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71min: Ooof, what a save! Fernandez tests his luck from fully 30 yards and it’s flying top corner which Bass does superbly to tip over.

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70min: Tilley fires a shot from distance which fizzes wide.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

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“A worry as Levi Colwill goes down the tunnel for treatment after picking up an injury. He is well-placed to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad.”

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67min: Burstow and Colwill off for Fernandez and Gusto.

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65min: Looks like Fernandez and Gusto are coming on.

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63min: Wimbledon win a corner but it’s sent straight into Sanchez’s arms. He looks up at Jackson’s run but ignores him, much to the striker’s chagrin.

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62min: Oh, hold on, Wimbledon almost score a second as Al-Hamadi’s shot is blocked by Disasi, who celebrates like he has denied a certain goal. And he may well have done.

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61min: An hour gone and Chelsea have certainly improved since half-time, with Jackson very lively, but still a bit disjointed. Burstow yet to find a rhythm.

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58min: Double change for Wimbledon as Al-Hamadi and Brown come on for Pearce and Davison.

Al-Hamadi has enough about him to be a danger to Chelsea.

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56min: Gallagher earns Chelsea’s second shot on target but wriggling past two tackles, but it’s straight down Bass’ throat.

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54min: Great tackle by Ugochukwu on Tilley earns a round of applause from the Chelsea fans as he stops a counter.

He’s done well tonight.

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51min: Wimbledon are screaming for a corner after Pell’s shot is sent wide. It looks like he may have a point, but gets booked for his complaints as a goal kick is given.

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49min: Pearce gets booked for a tough tackle on Jackson.

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48min: Already better from Chelsea as Jackson turns on a sixpence and fires a shot on target. That’s Chelsea’s first from open play of the game.

Second half!

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46min: Jackson replaces Moriera, then. The teenager really struggled in the first half...

...and we are back under way.

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It looks like Nicolas Jackson is coming on a half-time.

HT thoughts

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Two penalties have us level at the break, but Pochettino will know his players do not deserve to be.

Changes at the break?

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(Action Images via Reuters)


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50min: That’s it for an interesting first half.

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48min: Some Chelsea fans respond to being gifted an equaliser at home to a fourth-tier club by chanting “you’re not singing anymore” to the away fans. I’m sure we can all agree that is incredibly small time.


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47min: Madueke wins the spot kick and converts the spot kick. A sickener for the visitors.


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46min: A gift as Madueke is fouled.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

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“Diego Moriera is having a difficult night. He doesn’t quite look ready. Not a surprise given he is Chelsea’s least experienced player.”

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42min: Maatsen fires in a fine tackle near the halfway line to start an attack, finds Ugochukwu who looks to Cucurella but Wimbledon overturn it and counter through Ball - who wins a corner!

Chelsea all at sea.

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40min: Chelsea need a spark from somewhere. Enzo Fernandez and Nicolas Jackson among the subs warming up.

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37min: Right on cue, Madueke wins a free kick in a dangerous area and he fancies a go here if he can get it up and over the wall... but he can’t.

It’s up, and then keeps going up and well over the bar.

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35min: Chelsea are just not pushing Wimbledon at all. It’s all too easy for the defence.

Madueke is probably Chelsea’s best player of the half, but there are hardly many candidates.

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33min: The last time Chelsea were knocked out of the EFL Cup in the second round was back way in the 1995-96 season.

They lost 1-0 to Stoke over two legs. I know it’s not the point, but imagine a two-legged second-round League Cup tie, why?

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31min: Half an hour gone and Chelsea are yet to test Wimbledon with a shot on target.

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28min: Pochettino sends Chilwell to warm up after Cucurella gives away possession with a sloppy pass.

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27min: Corner comes to nothing.

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26min: Chelsea pushing now and Gallagher is lively after a rather flat start from all involved. The captain tries his luck and wins a corner.

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23min: Almost an instant reply from Chelsea as Maatsen carves open some space, has a pop at goal but hits the side netting.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

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“That was a soft penalty given by referee Tony Harrington but there is no VAR tonight. Mauricio Pochettino was furious. Anyway, I guess we have a match.”

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(Action Images via Reuters)


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19min: Tilley steps up... and scores!

The Dons head at Stamford Bridge!


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18min: Sanchez has just wiped out Davidson!

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16min: Moreira takes the corner but it is headed away.

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15min: Ugochukwu has been busy in the early stages, first launching the Mount chance and now sends Madueke running down the flank, and the winger wins a corner.

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13min: Gallagher does well to dart into the area, looks up and tries to spot Burstow into the area but his cut back was wayward.

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10min: Jackson will be happy with how his team have started tonight so far. Composed and calm.

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6min: A slow start to the game but Ugochukwu is showing off great passing range.

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3min: An early sighter for Chelsea as Moreira is sent scampering into the area but Colwill, but can’t quite get the ball under control.


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1min: Here we go!

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

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It's a bit of a surprise there is not more youth on the bench for Chelsea today. Mauricio Pochettino has the likes of Michael Golding with his squad but has just Ishe Samuels-Smith on the bench.

Expect Ian Maatsen will be the no10 today. He makes his first start. Lesley Ugochukwu also makes his first start. Diego Moreira makes his full debut for Chelsea. Conor Gallagher captains the team for the first time.

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Right, almost time. Here come the teams.

Cucurella’s swan song?

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It’s also interesting that Marc Cucurella starts tonight, even though it was expected.

Chelsea have accepted a loan bid from Manchester United for him, so to risk him in a game which the Blues should have no problem winning without him appears an unnecessary risk.

A penny for Erik ten Hag’s thoughts.


Poch programme notes

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Mauricio Pochettino has outlined his thoughts on tonight, his team selection and the Carabao Cup in his programme notes.

He wrote: “With three home games in eight days, this period is a chance for us to build some momentum and to keep developing the connection we have with all of you in the stands at Stamford Bridge.

“It's also the beginning of another competition, a cup that we go into wanting to win, like all the others, but with the understanding that we must take it one game at a time.

“With so many fixtures in quick succession, we have to use the squad carefully and it is an opportunity for us to make the most of the strength in depth that we have here.”

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Nizaar on the squad

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Nizaar Kinsella has plenty of thoughts on the Chelsea XI and subs bench.

Have a watch.

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Talking of Johnnie Jackson, he has made a big call in his team news.

Eighteen-year-old Morgan Williams makes his first start for the club. Some place for your full debut!

Exclusive Jackson interview

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Johnnie Jackson’s verdict on AFC Wimbledon’s clash with Chelsea tonight is unlikely to be one he repeats in the dressing room ahead of kick-off.

“The most expensively assembled team in history playing against a League Two side that relies on free transfers and loans,” the Wimbledon boss tells Standard Sport.

That assessment does not particularly inspire confidence that a Carabao Cup upset is on the cards at Stamford Bridge, but it is hard to escape the gulf in ­financial might between the clubs.

This second-round clash comes two days before transfer deadline day, by which point Chelsea might have crossed the £1billion mark in signings since the club’s takeover a year ago. Wimbledon have brought in 10 new faces this ­summer without spending a penny on transfer fees.

“It’s crazy when you look at the numbers and Chelsea’s spending in the last few windows,” Jackson says. “It’s a world away, like two different sports, but that’s the beauty of cup competitions.”

Read our exclusive interview here.

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(Getty Images)

Youngsters get chances

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It’s a very intriguing Chelsea side, then. Lesley Ugochukwu making his first start since his £23million move from Rennes this summer, and pairs captain Conor Gallagher in midfield

Noni Madueke and Ian Maatsen also start under Pochettino for the first time.

Pochettino confirmed at his pre-match press conference that “four or five” players aged between “16 and 17” could be involved, and striker Mason Burstow and defender Bashir Humphreys in from the off.

Marc Cucurella - a target for Manchester United before Friday’s transfer deadline - comes in for 38-year-old Thiago Silva.

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea XI

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...and the hosts!

AFC Wimbledon XI

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Here’s how the visitors look.

Chelsea agree Palmer deal

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Breaking news from Chelsea is that a £40million, plus £5m in add-ons, deal has been agreed with Manchester City for Cole Palmer.

Head over to our transfer blog for information on medical and more.

 (Evening Standard)
(Evening Standard)

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Fans are starting to arrive at Stamford Bridge. Team news in just over 15 minutes.

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Pochettino: I want to win it all

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Mauricio Pochettino drew criticism during his time with Tottenham by dismissing the importance of the Carabao Cup.

In his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, he looked to reverse that view and claimed he was misunderstood at the time.

"I want to win the Carabao Cup, I want to win the FA Cup and I want to win the Premier League then see what happens," Pochettino told reporters on Tuesday.

"I want to win [on Wednesday] and I want to win the cups and the Premier League. Every single competition is going to be a challenge for us and opportunity to win."

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Score prediction

Wednesday 30 August 2023 18:09 , Alex Young

Wimbledon have been impressive so far this season in League Two but this is an obvious step up in quality, regardless of the lineup Pochettino names.

With no European football this season, the Chelsea boss can be expected to target the domestic cups and the Blues should have no issues in easing to a comfortable win here.

Chelsea to win 3-1.

Wimbledon team news

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Wimbledon will be without captain Jake Reeves after the midfielder was forced off against Forest Green. Armani Little, who also likely would have played tonight, suffered the same fate.

Little could be passed fit and is expected to be joined by James Ball in midfield. Harry Pell will deputise if the former is ruled out.

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(Getty Images)

Predicted XI

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As usual, we asked Nizaar Kinsella to provide a predicted line-up for tonight after Mauricio Pochettino’s press conference.

Marc Cucurella has been included but a possible loan move to Manchester United is gathering steam, so one to keep an eye on.

Here’s what he plumped for.

Predicted Chelsea XI: Sanchez; Gusto, Disasi, Colwill, Cucurella; Ugochukwu, Gallagher; Madueke, Maatsen, Sterling; Jackson

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea team news

Wednesday 30 August 2023 17:38 , Alex Young

Mauricio Pochettino has promised to hand minutes to a number of youngsters tonight - but among them won’t be new signing Djordje Petrovic.

Petrovic joined Chelsea in a £14million deal from New England Revolution on Sunday but did not receive Football Association clearance to play in time. Robert Sanchez will continue in goal as a result.

Pochettino therefore has 11 players unavailable to face the League Two minnows, including fellow summer signing Romeo Lavia who still lacks match fitness.

The problems offer a chance for Chelsea’s younger players to impress, with Lesley Ugochukwu in line to make his first start since his £23million move from Rennes this summer. Noni Madueke and Ian Maatsen could also start under Pochettino for the first time as he plans to rest some players.

Pochettino confirmed at his pre-match press conference that “four or five” players aged between “16 and 17” could be involved with Mason Burstow, Diego Moreira, Eddie Beach and Bashir Humphreys on the bench for Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Luton on Friday night.

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

How to watch in UK?

Wednesday 30 August 2023 17:23 , Alex Young

Well, you can’t. Only those at Stamford Bridge will be able to see the game unfold live.

It will not be shown live on TV as Sky Sports have not picked it for broadcast. Instead, Doncaster Rovers vs Everton has got the nod with a cupset in mind given the Toffees' woeful start to their own campaign.

No other UK broadcaster has League Cup rights for live action. Highlights will be shown at 12.15am on Wednesday night, into Thursday morning, on ITV4.



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Chelsea tonight enter the Carabao Cup in the second round, the earliest stage since 2016, due to their struggles last season.

It is no real reason to be down on tonight, though, as AFC Wimbledon are the opponents. It is the first time the Dons will face their London rivals since being founded in 2002, though both teams have a long, storied history in Wimbledon’s former guise.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm. Stick with us.