Sep 20, 2016

    Pep on guard as City start Cup defence


    MANCHESTER City launch their League Cup defence at Swansea City tomorrow night with manager Pep Guardiola desperate to keep a lid on expectations after their supreme start to the season.

    City have won their eight games in all competitions - a club record - and preserved their two-point advantage at the Premier League summit with a razor-sharp 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

    It was the fifth time this season they have scored three or more goals in a game but Guardiola has vowed that he will not allow complacency to take hold at the Etihad Stadium.

    "We have a lot of work (to do) and we are just in September. We have played absolutely nothing," he said.

    The next game is against a Swansea side who were left a point above the relegation zone following a 1-0 loss at Southampton on Sunday.

    The stand-out tie of the third round takes place at the King Power Stadium tonight when Premier League champions Leicester City entertain Chelsea.

    Leicester go into the game on the back of successive 3-0 wins over Club Brugge and Burnley while Chelsea were left smarting by a 2-1 home defeat at Liverpool's hands on Friday.

    Another team in the doldrums are Manchester United, who crashed to a third consecutive loss at Watford in the league on Sunday.

    Jose Mourinho's side visit third-tier Northampton Town, where defeat would rank alongside their humiliating 4-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons in this competition under Louis van Gaal in 2014.

    Liverpool, last season's beaten finalists, begin their quest for a record-extending ninth League Cup at Championship side Derby County.

    Arsenal, who won 4-1 at Hull City on Saturday, get their League Cup campaign under way at Nottingham Forest.


    League Cup ties


    Bournemouth v Preston Brighton v Reading

    Derby v Liverpool

    Everton v Norwich

    Leeds v Blackburn

    Leicester v Chelsea

    Newcastle v Wolves

    Forest v Arsenal


    Fulham v Bristol City

    Northampton Town v Man U

    QPR v Sunderland

    Southampton v Palace

    Stoke City v Hull Swansea v Man City

    Tottenham v Gillingham

    West Ham v Accrington