• Man City starts League Cup defense at Swansea

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    Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola shouts from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League second leg play-off football match between Manchester City and Steaua Bucharest at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on August 24. AFP PHOTO

    Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola shouts from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League second leg play-off football match between Manchester City and Steaua Bucharest at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on August 24. AFP PHOTO

    LONDON: Manchester City will start their defense of the English Football League Cup with a third-round trip to fellow Premier League side Swansea.

    City won the competition last season under Manuel Pellegrini with a penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool after a 1-1 draw in the finals at Wembley.

    Now managed by Pep Guardiola, City received a bye to the third round due to their participation in the Champions League and, on the day they defeated Steaua Bucharest 1-0 to clinch their place in the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition, the League Cup draw sent them to the Liberty Stadium.

    City’s rivals Manchester United will travel to third tier giant-killers Northampton, who shocked West Bromwich Albion in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in the second round on Tuesday.

    Chelsea face an intriguing clash at Premier League champions Leicester, while Arsenal visit second tier Nottingham Forest.

    Liverpool take on second tier Derby at the iPro Stadium and Tottenham host third tier Gilling­ham, who enjoyed a 2-1 win at Premier League Watford in the second round.

    Fourth tier Accrington’s reward for their 1-0 second-round win against Premier League Burnley is a trip to West Ham.

    Fulham, who defeated top-flight Middlesbrough 2-1 in the second round, take on Bristol City.

    AFP

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