Giants flood minnows in League Cup
England's top clubs showcased their strength in depth in the League Cup yesterday, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton all advancing to the last 16 despite fielding virtual second-string line-ups.
Back-up forwards had a particularly fruitful time on an evening when the yawning gap between the Premier League and the lower leagues was highlighted.
Michy Batshuayi netted a hat trick for Chelsea in a 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest, while Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were paired up front for Manchester United and both scored in a 4-1 win over Burton Albion.
In other Premier League vs League Championship matchups, Everton beat Sunderland 3-0 thanks to a double from young striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Arsenal overcame Doncaster 1-0 courtesy of a first-half goal from Theo Walcott.
Leroy Sane scored in each half for Manchester City in a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion, with the result soured for the visitors by the sight of Ilkay Gundogan going off injured in the midfielder's first start in nine months after a cruciate knee ligament injury.
The draw for the last 16:
• Tottenham vs West Ham
• Bristol City vs Crystal Palace
• Swansea vs Manchester United
• Arsenal vs Norwich
• Chelsea vs Everton
- Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
• Leicester vs Leeds
• Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough