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Football League Cup holders Manchester City handed Swansea test in cup

By Robert Jones

Published 25/08/2016

Crunch: Shrewsbury Town’s Northern Ireland international Ryan McGivern feels the full force of Wahbi Khazri in Sunderland’s victory
Crunch: Shrewsbury Town’s Northern Ireland international Ryan McGivern feels the full force of Wahbi Khazri in Sunderland’s victory

Manchester City will begin their defence of the Football League Cup with a trip to Swansea.

Last night's draw set the holders up for one of just four all-Premier League ties in the third round.

Champions Leicester City will host Chelsea, Hull City will travel to Stoke and Southampton will welcome Crystal Palace to St Mary's Stadium in the week commencing September 19.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will face League One side Northampton Town at Sixfields, last year's beaten finalists Liverpool will be away to Derby County, with Arsenal on their travels to tackle Nottingham Forest.

There were two top-flight casualties in last night's games, with extra-time accounting for Middlesbrough and Burnley against Fulham and Accrington Stanley, respectively.

Bournemouth registered their first win of the season as Republic of Ireland international Marc Wilson's fine strike saw them overcome League Two table-toppers Morecambe 2-1 at the Globe Arena.

That was after the Shrimps had swiftly cancelled out Max Gradel's eighth-minute opener through Cole Stockton while, at the Stadium of Light, Adnan Januzaj's 83rd-minute strike for Sunderland handed David Moyes his maiden competitive victory as the Black Cats edged past Shrewsbury in a largely tepid cup-tie contested in front of just 13,979 spectators.

EFL Cup third round draw (ties to be played week commencing September 19): Nottingham Forest v Arsenal, Leeds v Blackburn, QPR v Sunderland, West Ham v Accrington, Southampton v Crystal Palace, Swansea v Man City, Fulham v Bristol City, Bournemouth v Preston, Tottenham v Gillingham, Everton v Norwich, Derby v Liverpool, Northampton v Manchester United, Brighton v Reading, Newcastle v Wolves, Stoke v Hull, Leicester v Chelsea.

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