16 September 2020 18:34
Carabao Cup LIVE! Second round action continues tonight with Fulham and Brentford in action away from the capital. The Cottagers are on the road against League One outfit Ipswich with Thomas Frank's side away to Premier League opposition in Southampton. Fulham, who began their season with a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, will be looking to avoid the sort of early slip that saw Crystal Palace fall at the first hurdle on Tuesday - eliminated on penalties by Bournemouth. West Brom 2-0 Harrogate | Hal Robson-Kanu, 22 mins Game over?
West Brom 1-0 Harrogate | Rekeem Harper, 18 mins And on that note, the Baggies take the lead with Rekeem Harper lashing home from 25 yards out. This evening's early kick-off is underway - West Brom are hosting League Two Harrogate Town at the Hawthorns. Advertisement Fulham starting XI: Areola, Tete, Odoi, Le Marchand, Robinson, Zambo, Lemina, Knockaert, Reid, Kebano, Mitrovic. Fulham team news Alphonse Areola, Kenny Tete, Mario Lemina and Anthonee Robinson all make their debuts tonight. Second round action continues tonight with two early kick-offs just over an hour away.
Carabao Cup second-round fixtures 1800 | West Brom vs Harrogate 1900 | Ipswich vs Fulham How to watch UK-based supports can stream the match through the Carabao Cup official streaming platform for a one-off fee of £10. Meet the opposition: Town should have taken a leaf out of Fulham's book Fulham manager Scott Parker. Ipswich Town entertain Premier League new boys Fulham in the EFL Cup tonight. Fulham's Serbian international striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic. Picture: PA Fulham's Serbian international striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Ipswich Town could do worse than to take a leaf out of Fulham's book, on how to gain promotion without ever threatening to be the best team in the division. The Cottagers, newly promoted to the Premier League at the first time of asking, are in action at Portman Road this evening (kick-off 7pm) in a Carabao Cup second round tie. Town huffed and puffed for much of last season, without making much headway in League One, while Fulham also never really set the Championship alight, one step higher up. And yet Scott Parker's men, despite never even gracing the top two at any occasion last term, ended up clinching promotion via the play-offs. One of Fulham's summer recruits, Antonee Robinson, in action for former loan club Bolton being fouled by then-Ipswich front-runner Joe Garner. Picture: PAGEPIX One of Fulham's summer recruits, Antonee Robinson, in action for former loan club Bolton being fouled by then-Ipswich front-runner Joe Garner. It was a case of impeccable timing, by the West Londoners, combined with a ruthless streak when it mattered most, Joe Bryan scoring twice in a 2-1 win over local rivals Brentford in the play-off final at Wembley. That's why two divisions separate the clubs in 2020-21, although of course the vagaries of the EFL Cup, with unfamiliar starting line-ups often on show, can sometimes be a leveller. Town will be hoping that this is the case tonight. Hence, even though the new league season is only one match old, he has been quick to admit that his side will "lose more matches than we win" this season. Managing expectations is a skill learnt by managers, and 39-year-old Parker is already proving just as big-a-hit at Craven Cottage as the man-in-charge, as he was when he used to pull the strings in central midfield. "We have to understand where we are as a team," insisted Parker after the 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal on Saturday. You may also want to watch: Parker did not panic, as a rookie manager, even when his first five matches in charge ended in defeat, towards the back end of the 2018-19 season, which led to Fulham being relegated to the Championship with five games still to be played. He kept the Cottagers in the hunt for promotion last season, despite never sneaking into the top two, and an immediate return to the top flight was no mean achievement. Not surprising, then, that he recently signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2023. As befits a team newly promoted to the Premier League, Fulham have been busy in the transfer market, with the emphasis on a number of season-long loans. Several of these new recruits could play tonight, so it's worth having a run-down of some of the Cottagers' newest arrivals. 1 Alphonse Areola: recruited on a season-long loan from Paris St Germain, this 27-year-old keeper spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, for whom the 6ft 5ins custodian made nine appearances. He was a member of France's World Cup winning squad of 2018. 2 Ola Aina: Another season-long loanee, the ex-Chelsea full-back has been snapped up for the campaign from Torino 3 Antonee Robinson: Bought for around £2million from Wigan Athletic, he is a 23-year-old United States international defender 4 Mario Lemina: An experienced midfielder signed on a season-long loan from Southampton. 5 Harrison Reed: Another midfielder signed from Southampton, although he has moved for an undisclosed fee on a permanent deal having been on loan at Craven Cottage last season 6 Kenny Tete: Secured on a four-year deal from Lyon, he is a Dutch defender who has won 13 international caps. Tonight's line-up is likely to feature several of the aforementioned new signings, very few of whom played in the opening day 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League over the weekend. In fact, 10 of the starting XI played in the play-off final win over Brentford. The likes of Arola, Tete, Robinson and Aina could all figure, alongside a few of the younger players, while star striker Alksandar Mitrovic, who did not play against the Gunners due to a lack of training with the squad following his international commitments with Serbia, might grace the Portman Road turf in some capacity this evening, either from the start or off the bench. Super Eagles right wing-back Ola Aina is set to make his Fulham debut when they take on Ipswich Town in a Carabao Cup match today, Completesports.com reports. Aina who arrived the Cottagers on a season-long loan from Italian Serie A side, Torino, was left out of Fulham's new EPL season opening game against Arsenal at the Craven Cottage at the weekend. Coach Scott Parker had revealed the Arsenal game which Fulham lost 3-0 at home came too soon for Aina, but the gaffer is ready to blood the Nigeria international and other new signings against Ipswich. Speaking ahead of the Cup game, Parker hinted on rotating his squad to give new players the chance to play even as Fulham seek a win to progress to the third round. Also Read – Carabao Cup: Iwobi Gets Chance To Impress Ancelotti As Everton Host Salford Set to make their Fulham debuts alongside Aina are Alphonse Areola, Kenny Tete and Mario Lemina who are all new signings. 23-year old Aina scored one goal in 30 Seria A appearances for Torino last season. Ola Aina could make his first appearance for Fulham in the Carabao Cup game against Ipswich Town tonight. Aina who joined the club on a season-long loan from Torino was omitted from Fulham's premier league clash against Arsenal over the weekend. Fulham Coach Scott Parker however stated that he's ready to give some of his summers signing chance to impress against lowly rated opponents tonight. A good cup run, we know that that can build confidence and momentum," Parker told reporters during a news conference. "And also, at the same time it helps in terms of getting players minutes and getting players up to speed, those who haven't been with us too long, or haven't played a lot of football or trained a lot due the circumstances of having such a short pre-season. "But as much as we want to get minutes into the boys to get them up to speed, we also want to go and win the game. We want to stay in the competition and hopefully be successful in it.