Gunners to meet Spurs in top League Cup tie

LONDON • Arsenal must travel to last season's League Cup runners-up Tottenham Hotspur, after the draw for the third round made on Tuesday paired the bitter rivals together.

Tottenham will host the first north London derby of the season next month.

Holders and English Premier League champions Chelsea, who beat Spurs 2-0 at Wembley in last season's final, start the defence of their trophy with a trip to third-tier Walsall.

Premier League newcomers Watford will play no further part in this Cup though. They were the victims an upset on Tuesday, losing 0-1 at Championship club Preston North End in the second round.

Hornets manager Quique Flores made 11 changes to the team whose goalless stalemate against Southampton on Sunday made it three successive draws since their return to the Premier League.

His gamble backfired as Watford became the only one of the 11 Premier League teams in action on Tuesday who failed to make the third round.

  • LEAGUE CUP

  • THIRD-ROUND DRAW

    (Roman numerals denote division of non-Premier League teams)

    Aston Villa v Birmingham (II)

    Crystal Palace v Charlton (II)

    Fulham (II) v Stoke City

    Hull City (II) v Swansea City

    Leicester City v West Ham

    Liverpool v Carlisle United (IV)

    Manchester United v Ipswich Town (II)

    Milton Keynes Dons (II) v Southampton

    Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday (II)

    Norwich City v West Bromwich

    Preston North End (II) v Bournemouth

    Reading (II) v Barnsley (III) or Everton

    Sunderland v Manchester City

    Tottenham v Arsenal

    Walsall (III) v Chelsea

    Ties to be played in the week beginning Sept 21

    REUTERS

On-loan Sheffield Wednesday defender Marnick Vermijl slotted in the close-range winner in the eighth minute and Watford's woes were compounded when debutant Miguel Britos was sent off in the 75th minute for violent conduct after the Uruguayan defender lashed out with his elbow.

"We will correct all the mistakes, and when you lose, sometimes it is very easy to learn," Flores told the club's official website.

Stoke were pushed to the brink of a shock exit before beating fourth-tier Luton 8-7 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road.

Mark Hughes' side, who had former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic back for the first time since January after a knee injury, went ahead through Jonathan Walters' 67th- minute goal, only for Cameron McGeehan to force extra-time with a 90th-minute equaliser.

In the shoot-out, Luton's Scott Griffiths hit the bar at 7-7 and Geoff Cameron drilled in the winner.

Aston Villa overcame plucky Notts County 5-3 after extra time to reach the third round. Scott Sinclair struck a hat-trick for Aston Villa, who had to level the game thrice against their fourth-tier opponents.

Jermain Defoe also got a treble to help Sunderland chalk up a 6-3 win over fourth-tier side Exeter City at The Stadium of Light, while 20-year-old Joe Dodoo also netted thrice in Leicester City's 4-1 win against League One side Bury.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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