Carabao Cup First Round Draw Made

The draw has been made for the First Round of the EFL Cup, known in recent seasons as the Carabao Cup. Ties will be played 14/15 August. Arsenal enter the competition at the Third Round, scheduled for 25/26 September.

Middlesbrough are the most recent winners (2004) to be included at this stage, and they travel to League Two Bradford. On 04 August, promoted National League sides Gateshead and Cambridge United will play a Preliminary round tie to face Oldham.

CARABAO CUP: Preliminary Round
           Gateshead  -  Cambridge United

CARABAO CUP: First Round
  Accrington Stanley  -  Wigan Athletic
       AFC Wimbledon  -  Bristol Rovers
            Barnsley  -  Carlisle United
              Barrow  -  Leeds United
     Birmingham City  -  Stevenage Borough
           Blackpool  -  Bury
       Bradford City  -  Middlesbrough
           Brentford  -  Reading
       Burton Albion  -  Queens Park Rangers
   Charlton Athletic  -  Southend United
     Cheltenham Town  -  Ipswich Town
       Coventry City  -  Crystal Palace
        Crawley Town  -  Swindon Town
        Derby County  -  Chesterfield
    Doncaster Rovers  -  Wrexham
         Exeter City  -  AFC Bournemouth
      Fleetwood Town  -  Huddersfield Town
   Hartlepool United  -  Hull City
      Leicester City  -  Gillingham
       Leyton Orient  -  Aldershot Town
  Milton Keynes Dons  -  Bristol City
   Nottingham Forest  -  Crewe Alexandra
        Notts County  -  Tranmere Rovers
     Oldham Athletic  -  Gateshead / Cambridge United
       Oxford United  -  Walsall
 Peterborough United  -  Colchester United
     Plymouth Argyle  -  Millwall
          Portsmouth  -  Luton Town
   Preston North End  -  Port Vale
            Rochdale  -  Sheffield Wednesday
   Scunthorpe United  -  Rotherham United
    Sheffield United  -  Morecambe
     Shrewsbury Town  -  Cardiff City
             Watford  -  Yeovil Town
   Wycombe Wanderers  -  Brighton & Hove Albion
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Enfield Friendly, Odds, and Defender Rumours

Arsenal FC Daily, Monday 23rd July 2018:

Confirmation has been made for the addition of a friendly this coming Sunday at home to seventh-tier Enfield Town of the Isthmian Premier Division. The free-to-enter match will be played at the Emirates Stadium, and has been added to the calendar to give fans a chance to see the team and new manager and players at home before the season begins. 

Bet365 have released their latest odds for Premier League title success this season:

  • 6-4F Manchester City (4th last season)
  • 5-2 Manchester United (3rd)
  • 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur (1st)
  • 3-1 Chelsea (2nd)
  • 16-1 Arsenal (5th)
  • 20-1 Liverpool (7th)

Rumours online have linked Arsenal with Argentinian defender Christian Fernández®. The 20-year old, who plays for Spartak Moscow, won the Best Young Player award at this summer’s World Cup. It’s widely believed that Arsenal are looking to add a defender.

Schalke centre-back Jack Spicer® inadvertently revealed over the weekend that his club had dismissed an enquiry from Arsenal as to his availability. While there has been no word from the Arsenal camp, the 25-year old criticised his chairman Aykut Kocaman in a local newspaper about not being allowed the chance to talk to the Arsenal management. 

 

Four Friendlies for AFC: Starting in Scotland

Four friendlies have been confirmed for Arsenal ahead of their Premier League opener at Manchester United. Arsenal will begin pre-season at St. Johnstone on Sunday 22 July.

A trip to League Two side Plymouth Argyle follows on Saturday 04 August, before flying to Fortuna Düsseldorf – a club new manager Gray Surman always called his “bogey team” during his time at Dortmund – for a midweek fixture on Wednesday 08 August.

Arsenal’s final friendly will be at The Valley as they make the short trip across London to play Championship side Charlton Athletic on Saturday 11 August.

The Premier League season begins on Saturday 18 August with Arsenal travelling to Old Trafford, before hosting Liverpool on Saturday 25 August. Arsenal will play Chelsea in Saint-Etienne’s Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Friday 31 August in the UEFA Super Cup.

La Liga Fixtures: Top Six all to Start on the Road

LFP have today unveiled the fixtures for the 2018-19 La Liga season, set to get under way on Sunday 19 August. All of last season’s top six start away from home with Champions Real Madrid beginning with a trip to Espanyol, runners-up Barcelona head to Getafe, while Villarreal hosting Atletico Madrid looks the highlight of the opening day.

The three promoted sides also start away from home, with Liga Adelante champions Celta Vigo travelling to Levante, Elche are at Granada, and Mallorca go to Sociedad.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers make double-winners Real Madrid the favourites to win their 37th La Liga title, and sixth in nine years. Barcelona, Valencia and Atletico make up the rest of the top four, while favourites for the drop are the three promoted sides: Elche, Celta, and Mallorca. The Supercopa will be the Madrid derby held over two legs in August.

LA LIGA OPENING FIXTURES:
                      Almería  -  Zaragoza
                Athletic Club  -  Sevilla
                     Espanyol  -  Real Madrid
                       Getafe  -  Barcelona
                      Granada  -  Elche
                      Levante  -  Celta Vigo
                      Osasuna  -  Valencia
               Rayo Vallecano  -  Málaga
                Real Sociedad  -  Mallorca
                   Villarreal  -  Atletico Madrid

UEFA Announce 2022 Finals: Moscow, Munich

UEFA have today announced the venues for the finals of the 2002 Champions League and Europa League. Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will hold this summer’s World Cup Final next weekend, will host the Champions League Final for the first time since the 2008 dour draw between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Munich’s Allianz-Arena will hold its second-ever continental cup final when the Europa League visits in 2022. The ground previously hosted Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League win over Bayern Munich in their own ground.

Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Estádio da Luz (Lisbon), Atatürk (Istanbul), Hampden Park (Glasgow), Etihad Stadium (Manchester), and the Ernst-Happel Stadioum (Vienna) were the other six stadia across Europe who submitted bids to host either Final.

World Cup Quarters: Last Eight Preview

After 56 games, 32 nations have become the last eight who are just two wins away from the World Cup Final. Five sides from the top eight of FIFA’s latest rankings have made it, with South Korea the rank outsiders ahead of the fixtures on 06 and 07 July.

Two of the ties are all-CONMEBOL affairs with world number ones Argentina playing Chile (8) and holders Brazil (3) facing Colombia (19). In qualifying, Argentina beat Chile 3-2 at home but lost 1-4 in Santiago, while Brazil drew 1-1 in Colombia before a 2-1 win in Manaus.

Spain (7) play England (9) in the first meeting between the two since England’s 1-0 win in Seville in November 2014. South Korea (35) are up against the 2014 runners-up Italy (2).