LIVE Football News: Carabao Cup Quarter-Finals & Christmas Chaos

The Sportsman brings you all of the day's biggest news
09:23, 21 Dec 2021
Last Updated: 21:46, 21 Dec 2021

It's Carabao Cup time once again on Tuesday as Arsenal host Sunderland, while the Christmas calendar across the UK starts to suffer disruption. Chaotic times lie ahead!

With every bit of team news, every single update regarding postponements or rule changes, The Sportsman will be here throughout the day.

4 weeks ago
GOAL! Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland

Charlie Patino (90+1')

4 weeks ago
GOAL! Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland

Hat-trick for Eddie Nketiah (58')

4 weeks ago
GOAL! Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Eddie Nketiah (51')

4 weeks ago
GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

 Nathan Broadhead (31')

4 weeks ago
GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland

Nicolas Pepe (27')

4 weeks ago
GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland

Eddie Nketiah (17')

4 weeks ago
Arsenal trio out with Covid

Lokonga, Chambers and Mari are all out of the Arsenal squad after testing positive for Covid. 

4 weeks ago
Sunderland Starting XI (vs Arsenal)
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Arsenal Starting XI (vs Sunderland)
4 weeks ago
Pompey vs Oxford is off

Another EFL fixture has been postponed due to Covid.

4 weeks ago
Antonio Conte's press conference

Catch the Spurs' bosses press conference on our YouTube Channel:

4 weeks ago
Oldham Director Resigns

An Oldham Athletic director has resigned from their post after the owner has started to ban fans from attending games if they spoke negatively about the club on social media. The director reportedly brands it as a 'disgrace.'

4 weeks ago
Celtic appeal for winter break

Celtic have requested that the SPFL bring forward the scheduled winter break to coincide with lockdown rules and reduced capacity crowds at grounds in Scotland. 

4 weeks ago
Arteta expects postponements

Mikel Arteta is not confident of games going ahead over the festive period.

4 weeks ago
Newcastle's bad year

Newcastle have had quite the torrid 12 months this year...

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4 weeks ago
Well played, Leeds United

This is how to respond to a health emergency. No wonder Andrea Radrizzani is proud...

4 weeks ago
Well played, Inter

Best Christmas clobber yet?

4 weeks ago
Arsenal v Man Utd and West Ham v Chelsea

In case you missed it, there are some tasty ties to come in the Continental Cup quarter-finals, with Tottenham v Liverpool also of interest besides the ties involving the current runaway one and two in the Women's Super League.

4 weeks ago
Fleetwood Town appoint Crainey

He's been acting as caretaker manager since Simon Grayson was sacked, but now Stephen Crainey has been confirmed as Fleetwood Town's new permanent boss after a run of eight points from five League One games.

4 weeks ago
Conte can't live without the Conference League

So, you know how the UEFA Europa Conference League is the competition nobody understands, watches, wants to be in and generally hopes goes away very soon? Well, Tottenham are so devastated at having been ejected on the strength of a Covid-enforced no-show against Rennes that Antonio Conte says they may appeal the 3-0 defeat they were handed by a UEFA committee.

Seems like the tournament has some admirers after all...

4 weeks ago
David Moyes told of referee error

Speaking at his press conference earlier today, David Moyes clarified that PGMOL had informed him that Vladimir Coufal's red card against Arsenal was incorrect, as well as a penalty decision that was given incorrectly on the field against Burnley.

4 weeks ago
No move for Cavani yet...

With Man Utd's Uruguayan striker looking at his options, it would appear that Edinson Cavani won't be leaving Manchester in January. 

4 weeks ago
New Covid restrictions imposed in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that football crowds in Scotland are to be limited to 500 fans to curb the spread of Omicron. This will impact a busy set of fixtures over the festive period including the Old Firm derby on January 2nd

4 weeks ago
19 years of Andres Iniesta

It was on this day in 2002 that Andres Iniesta made his La Liga debut. He was some player...

4 weeks ago
Best performing keepers...

Via Opta's Analyst, they worked out which goalkeepers in the league were performing the best so far this season, with Wolves' Jose Sa topping the bill.

4 weeks ago
Rare footballer-misses-game-not-from-Covid news

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a knee injury, so won't play for AC Milan against Empoli tomorrow. The 40-year-old stays stuck on 969 games and 571 goals in his ridiculously long career.

4 weeks ago
Jorginho a false positive

Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Chelsea will be missing the same players they were without at the weekend when they face Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. All except Jorginho, that is, who has returned a negative Covid-19 test after his previous positive result.

4 weeks ago
Hang on, where's Marc Overmars?

It's pretty tough picking a top four of Dutch Premier League players, let alone the top one.

4 weeks ago
David Moyes' West Ham are doing themselves proud!

If you needed something to show just how well West Ham are performing this season against the 'Big Six', here you go...

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4 weeks ago
James Milner is becoming more epic by the day

He really has been around forever, the Liverpool star

4 weeks ago
Ian Wright leading the way

The former Arsenal and England striker has joined the drive to get as many fans safely into stadiums as possible over the Christmas period...

4 weeks ago
The former PL champs with a big Chilean up front..

Remember when Blackburn won the Premier League? Well, they're making a run for promotion with a Chile international at the heart of their renaissance.

Read all about it...

4 weeks ago
20 United players back in training

Manchester United's Carrington training ground has reopened after a Covid outbreak, with 20 players returning to action ahead of a trip to Newcastle on Boxing Day...

4 weeks ago
It's not just the UK being affected

Italy's Serie A might start to find itself affected by Covid postponements over the next couple of days, with Udinese v Salernitana set to be called off due to cases in the visiting squad.

4 weeks ago
Covid and football do not go well together

It's a movable feast is this festive football, with Covid set to wreak havoc.

The latest? It's all in the link below...

4 weeks ago
FA Cup replays canned

Ah, for those memorable weeknights under the lights when a big dog comes to town and your unfashionable club comes along and knocks them out of the FA Cup.

None of that this year, folks. To relieve pressure from the Covid-affected calendar there will be no replays in this season's FA Cup from this point onwards.

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4 weeks ago
Are Man Utd finally going to reach their target?

Casey Stoney might have left Manchester United's women's setup in the summer, but the goal she set back in 2018 might finally be on the horizon for the Red Devils.

4 weeks ago
Kylian Forever?

Paris Saint-Germain's players seem to think Kylian Mbappe has signed a new deal with the club. Would he really have celebrated his 23rd birthday by tying himself to the club until he's 51? Maybe not, but there's a chance he's sticking around for a while yet.

4 weeks ago
"Kids want more World Cups"

There's a 51-year-old bloke telling us what the kids want, and he says they want more World Cups.

Oh, and the organisation he is the head of stands to gain a few billion quid if he follows their 'advice'...

Convenient, eh kids?

4 weeks ago
Light at the end of the tunnel for Derby?

They've lost 21 points, they're bottom of the league and seem doomed to relegation, but there might be reason for some hope at Derby County in the coming weeks, it would seem.

4 weeks ago
Oh, Michael...

The general public weren't too enamoured with Michael Owen's "I WON IT TOO, REMEMBER" post after Emma Raducanu won SPOTY.

Some of the replies, my word!

4 weeks ago
Your first reminder...

Do not give up all hope of seeing football over Christmas just yet. The Premier League is going full steam ahead (but given Covid cases, it will probably drop to about 30% steam by Boxing Day).

Remember, though, that if you are attending a game in the League Cup this week or in the Prem on Sunday, there are protocols to follow.

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