Leicester City enter the Carabao Cup draw Thursday night. It is Round Two and some of the big boys are in! Here are the details you need to know.
The Premier League began on Friday, Leicester City narrowly lost away to Manchester United. Old Trafford is a daunting opener, yet the Foxes showed a significant improvement in general play with a newly honed passing system.
Saturday sees the Blue Army welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers back to the premiership and the King Power Stadium. Leicester City need a win as a foundation to build upon Claude Puel‘s developing style. However, Thursday sees unseeded elite English sides enter the Carabao Cup draw. Remaining top tier sides join in Round Three.
Last season Leicester City beat Leeds United and Liverpool in 2017/18‘s league cup. Eventually being knocked out by Manchester City on penalties in the Quarter-finals. If the Foxes cannot complete a 7th place Premier League finish this term – the domestic competition may provide a much desired re-entry into European competition next campaign. This would be the fourth time the Foxes lift the trophy.
Carabao Cup New Rules
Having surveyed all amendments, it looks as though the competition is having a real boost this season. VAR comes in, which was quite an adjustment but ultimately a success at the World Cup. Extra-time replaced by non-ABBA penalties; players have enough commitment to many competitions so it is great to see this small respite.
Yellow cards only apply to the EFL Carabao Cup; players who receive a red card may still be penalised in their respective leagues through bans. Overall, there are four improvements made. Excellent work, Carabao crew.
Here is some information via lcfc.com:
"“The Second Round fixtures are scheduled to occur on 28-30 August, falling between City’s Premier League games against Southampton (A) and Liverpool (H).”"
In the draw, Leicester City were selected against Fleetwood Town at home between 28-30 August. Sky Sports showed the draw live before Sunderland versus Sheffield Wednesday. So, Jamie Vardy will clash once more with his former side.
Will Leicester try some impressive development squad players like Darnell Johnson and Josh Gordon? New defensive signings Filip Benkovic or Caglar Soyuncu may feature. Most likely Puel will rest core players like: Kasper Schmeichel, Harry Maguire, Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Vardy. Although that is not always advisable – the cup is a route into Europe; a shame to squander for a club this size.