EPL teams progress in the Coupe de la Ligue; City and Chelsea face off in the third round

LONDON (AP) — Newcastle, Leeds and Brighton took their strong Premier League form to the English League Cup on Wednesday by beating lower league opposition in the second round despite line-ups containing fringe players.

The third round draw has also been made and it features seven Premier League games, including Manchester City hosting Chelsea.

Newcastle were pushed the hardest of the three top-flight teams in action on Wednesday, having to come from behind to beat fourth-tier Tranmere Rovers 2-1 thanks to goals from Jamaal Lascelles in the 40th minute and Chris Wood in the 52nd.

After a 3-0 win over Chelsea in the league, Leeds beat Barnsley 3-1 after Colombia winger Luis Sinisterra scored his first goal for the club. Mateusz Klich scored Leeds’ other two goals, including a penalty.

Brighton have already won away against Manchester United and West Ham in the league and have found third tier Forest Green easy to deal with.

Deniz Undav, on his first start for the club since an off-season move from Belgian side Union SG, Steven Alzate and Evan Ferguson scored in a 3-0 win.

Second-tier side Bristol City were the other side to qualify on Wednesday.

Fulham were the only Premier League side to be knocked out in the second round. In the third round, Premier League teams playing in European competitions enter the League Cup and two of them – City and Chelsea – will meet in the exhibition match.

Other Premier League fixtures include Manchester United v Aston Villa and Arsenal v Brighton, while Liverpool begin their title defense at home to third-tier Derby.

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