West Ham v Arsenal, Bournemouth v Liverpool and more: Carabao Cup clockwatch


Key events

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

46 min: Ben White clears off the line, after Ramsdale makes a brilliant save from Bowen’s shot. That chance was inside 30 seconds of the restart!

Half-time scores in the 7.45pm GMT

Bournemouth 0-1 Liverpool
Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn
Everton 1-0 Burnley
Ipswich 0-1 Fulham

Meanwhile, West Ham are ready to kick off their second half with Arsenal. They currently lead the Gunners 1-0.

“How bad is your hatred for Ed Aarons?” emails Richard Spicer. “You completely hate him so much you refer to him as ‘the thing’? What happened between you two?”

Some poor writing from me there, borne out of me trying to cover six games at once. I hate VAR. I do not hate Ed Aarons. He’s a lovely bloke.

Bournemouth 0-1 Liverpool

40 min: Can confirm that the weather is still absolutely atrocious at the Vitality. Szoboszlai goes close to making it 2-0, flashing a shot a few inches wide of Radu’s right post.

“Alas, the Channel is closed because of the coming storm, so I’m stranded in Caen,” emails Alex Brown. “An amusee bouche, squid with chorizo, the veal, and fromage. Wine may have passed my lips. Irons! Irons!”

Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn

36 min: Big appeals for a penalty at Stamford Bridge for Blackburn. Brittain’s cross looked to strike the hand of Gallagher but there’s no VAR so we carry on at 1-0. That definitely would have been a penalty in the Premier League under those ridiculous handball rules. Gallagher didn’t mean it, but his hand was away from his body.

Half-time: West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal have shaded possession and Nketiah had a half-chance to equalise in the closing stages of that first half, but it’s West Ham that lead at the break.

GOAL! Bournemouth 0-1 Liverpool (Gakpo 31)

Another rebound goal, very similar to Badiashile’s actually, although Bournemouth’s keeper Radu does deserve some credit for saving the initial effort from Elliott. However, Gakpo reacts quickest in the area and tucks the ball away. The Dutchman has been quiet but gets his goal.

Cody Gakpo of Liverpool opens the scoring at Bournemouth.
Cody Gakpo of Liverpool opens the scoring at Bournemouth. Photograph: James Marsh/Shutterstock

Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn (Badiashile 30)

Some absolutely atrocious goalkeeping from Blackburn’s Wahlstedt, who joined Rovers in the summer. Mudryk got the byline, crossed low into the box, Wahlstedt pats it down into an awful area and Badiashile is there to pass the rebound into the net. Wahlstedt made a similar clanger at Millwall last week, but Blackburn finished 2-1 victors.

Benoît Badiashile of Chelsea scores the opening goal against Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup.
Benoît Badiashile sidefoots Chelsea into the lead. Photograph: Javier García/Shutterstock
Chelsea's Benoit Badiashile celebrates scoring their first goal against Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup.
Then celebrates. Photograph: Ian Walton/Reuters

Everton 1-0 Burnley

27 min: Signs of life from the visitors. Redmond tickles a lovely through ball to unlock Everton’s defence, Bruun Larsen reaches the byline, but Pickford is there to snaffle the danger.

Chelsea 0-0 Blackburn

25 min: Reece James hits the post! Well, the outside of it, as his shot flies across goal and just misses the target. Blackburn have actually been playing quite well, with good possession, but haven’t created any brilliant chances. Yet.

Reece James of Chelsea shoots whilst under pressure from Andrew Moran of Blackburn Rovers.
Close, but no cigar for Chelsea’s Reece James as he shoots whilst under pressure from Andrew Moran of Blackburn Rovers. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Everton 1-0 Burnley

20 min: Another Burnley alumni, McNeil, finds some space on the edge of the area and let’s fly. His effort goes a few metres over.

Everton 1-0 Burnley (Tarkowski 13)

Absolute textbook header from Tarkowski, who leaves Muric flat-footed by planting his effort right into the corner. And against his former club!

Everton’s James Tarkowski scores his side’s first goal against Burnley.
Everton’s James Tarkowski scores his side’s first goal against Burnley. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA
Everton's James Tarkowski celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates.
Tarkowski celebrates with his teammates. Photograph: Peter Powell/Reuters

Chelsea 0-0 Blackburn

15 min: Chelsea should really have a penalty. Not sure I agree with our man at Stamford Bridge, Ed Aarons, (as I completely hate the thing) but many will agree with him.

Chelsea denied what looked a clear penalty for a foul on Raheem Sterling. Seems very strange not to have VAR in the Carabao Cup until the semis if it’s available

— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) November 1, 2023

“This is a strong eleven for Everton who have shown recent signs of being competitive more often than not,” emails Matt Burtz. “They haven’t found themselves in the quarterfinals of any cup competition for a few years, so it’s good to see that Dyche is giving it a go in what should be a winnable tie at home. Hopefully they can build on past performances, get a win, and put themselves in the draw for the next round.”

GOAL! Ipswich 0-1 Fulham (Harry Wilson 9)

The Premier League side hit the front, with Wilson afforded acres of space on the right wing. The Welshman is played through on goal by De Cordova-Reid, beats the onrushing keeper, Walton, to the ball and rolls the ball into an empty net.

Fulham’s Harry Wilson goes past Ipswich Town keeper Christian Walton before scoring their first goal.
Fulham’s Harry Wilson goes past Ipswich Town keeper Christian Walton before slotting the ball home. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images/Reuters
Harry Wilson of Fulham (8) celebrates after opening the scoring at Ipswich Town.
Then celebrates. Photograph: Joe Toth/Shutterstock

“Just tuned into Bournemouth v Liverpool on ESPN. It appears to be snowing? Am I hallucinating?” emails Joe Pearson.

“Never mind,” Joe follows up. “My weather app assures me that it is just sideways rain. Yeesh.”

Indeed. In case you are not in the UK and haven’t been talking about weather for the past three days, this is currently sweeping the south coast of the country.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Illya Zabarnyi of AFC Bournemouth tussle for the ball.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Illya Zabarnyi of AFC Bournemouth tussle for the ball amidst some precipitation. Photograph: James Marsh/Shutterstock

GOAL! West Ham 1-0 Arsenal (Ben White og 16)

The Hammers take the lead through an own goal! Bowen swings a corner in, and White flicks it into his own net at the near post. Ramsdale completely stranded.

Arsenal's Ben White scores an own goal and West Ham United's first.
A fine header by Arsenal’s Ben White, shame it’a a the wrong end. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images/Reuters

Peeeeeeep! We are underway in our 7.45pm GMT kick offs:

Bournemouth v Liverpool
Chelsea v Blackburn
Everton v Burnley
Ipswich v Fulham

Mo Salah captains Liverpool, who are wearing their rascal green-white away kit that looks like a 90s Microsoft screensaver. And not in a good way.

Just a quick note by someone that is unfortunately familiar with Blackburn starting XIs, this is not a strong one at Stamford Bridge even if there are a few first-teamers. If Chelsea don’t win this tonight, there should be an(other) inquest. Adam Wharton does start for Rovers, though. What a player he is.

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

8 min: Good save from Fabianski! Havertz flicks a header at goal but the former Arsenal keeper turns over the bar to deny the Arsenal forward/attackingmidfielder/whatever he is. The visitors have certainly started the stronger in east London.

Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham United makes a save during West Ham United vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.
Lukasz Fabianski keeps his sheet clean. Photograph: David Loveday/TGS Photo/Shutterstock

Peeeeeep! West Ham v Arsenal is underway. That’s a 7.30pm GMT kick-off, with the rest of the evening’s fixtures starting at 7.45pm.

Oh, and there’s Manchester United v Newcastle starting at 8.15pm, but that’s covered in our other MBM, here.

Arteta has been speaking on Ramsdale

Every week, I haven’t seen anything different. More determination, more hunger to play, he’s got another opportunity like many others to do what he’s been doing, nothing different”.

… and Emil Smith-Rowe:

We’ve got an issue with him. He felt something in his knee and he started to feel some pain after the game and we are assessing it but yeah, a big worry with him”.

If you know, you know.

“So, then: the Carabao Cup for Ramsdale,” emails Charles Antaki. “Penny for his thoughts. I recall arriving at an exciting new job, ready to bond with new colleagues and be welcomed into the inner circle, only to be told a few days later that there was a shortage of office space, and I would be accommodated in a Portakabin in a distant part of the car park. Admittedly Ramsdale maybe consoled by a weekly wage of rather more than I was earning, but the chagrin might be similar.”

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale with goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana during the warm up before the Carabao Cup fourth round match at West Ham.
Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale with goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana during the warm up. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images/Reuters

More teams …

Ipswich v Fulham

Ipswich: Walton, Donacien, Tuanzebe, Burgess, Clarke, Ball, Taylor, Jackson, Harness, Aluko, Ladapo.
Subs: Edmundson, Chaplin, Slicker, Giraud-Hutchinson, Luongo, Baggott, Hirst, Humphreys, Carr.

Fulham: Rodak, Castagne, De Fougerolles, Bassey, Ballo-Toure, Cairney, Lukic, De Cordova-Reid, Andreas Pereira, Wilson, Rodrigo Muniz.
Subs: Reed, Jimenez, Ream, Iwobi, Benda, Joao Palhinha, Vinicius, Robinson, Tanton.

Chelsea v Blackburn

Chelsea: Sanchez, James, Disasi, Badiashile, Cucurella, Ugochukwu, Gallagher, Fernandez, Palmer, Jackson, Sterling.
Subs: Madueke, Caicedo, Colwill, Gusto, Petrovic, Maatsen, Deivid Washington, Matos, Castledine.

Blackburn: Wahlstedt, Brittain, Carter, Hill, Pickering,
Garrett, Travis, Markanday, Adam Wharton, Moran, Leonard. Subs: Tronstad, Sigurdsson, Dolan, Rankin-Costello, Ennis, Gamble, Scott Wharton, Batty, Hilton.

Whisper it, but David Moyes is sporting his most fashionable look in years. An absolutely gorgeous blazer, cashmere sweater combo. Woof.

A few key changes, especially for Arsenal and Liverpool, but those are six strong teams from the three games we have so far. Good to see.

Team news

West Ham v Arsenal

West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Emerson Palmieri, Soucek, Alvarez, Kudus, Benrahma, Lucas Paqueta, Bowen.
Subs: Cresswell, Ward-Prowse, Fornals, Antonio, Cornet, Ings, Ogbonna, Areola, Kehrer.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Vieira, Jorginho, Havertz, Nelson, Nketiah, Trossard.
Subs: Saliba, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Elneny, Hein, Rice.

Declan Rice and team mates of Arsenal enter the pitch to warm up prior to the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium.
Arsenal’s Declan Rice is back at his old stomping ground for the first time since joining the Gunners. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC/Getty Images

Bournemouth v Liverpool

Bournemouth: Andrei Radu, Smith, Mepham, Zabarnyi, Kerkez, Scott, Billing, Semenyo, Christie, Kluivert, Solanke.
Subs: Brooks, Rothwell, Ouattara, Tavernier, Moore, Traore, Senesi, Aarons, Plain.

Liverpool: Kelleher, Gomez, Matip, Quansah, Tsimikas, Elliott, Endo, Jones, Salah, Gakpo, Szoboszlai.
Subs: Van Dijk, Konate, Nunez, Mac Allister, Adrian, Jota, Gravenberch, Scanlon,Alexander-Arnold.

Everton v Burnley

Everton: Pickford, Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Harrison, Garner, Onana, McNeil, Danjuma, Calvert-Lewin.
Subs: Patterson, Keane, Virginia, Beto, Doucoure, Godfrey, Gueye, Chermiti, Dobbin.

Burnley: Muric, Vitinho, O’Shea, Al Dakhil, Delcroix, Berge, Cullen, Bruun Larsen, Ndayishimiye, Rodriguez, Redmond.
Subs: Taylor, Cork, Brownhill, Roberts, Zaroury, Amdouni, Vigouroux, Massengo, Odobert.

More teams when we have them.

A book of remembrance in memory of Bill Kenwright is laid out at Goodison Park before Everton’s cup tie with Burnley.
A book of remembrance in memory of Bill Kenwright is laid out at Goodison Park before Everton’s cup tie with Burnley. Photograph: Tony McArdle/Everton FC/Getty Images


Hello world!

We have six VERY respectable League Cup fixtures for your consideration. We’re only into the first day of November, but this is the chance to reach the quarter-finals of a major trophy, and that is nothing to be sniffed at.

While I completely understand that some teams prioritise their league fixtures in the early rounds of this competition, I think it is borderline ridiculous for youth teamers and reserves to be employed at this stage. Teams such as Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Brentford, Leicester City and Burton Albion have all reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup in recent years – sometimes all you need is a good performance, a bit of luck and a kindly draw to make it to Wembley.

Some of these sides tonight haven’t won a major trophy in decades. Teams like Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have good enough squad to still field an international second string. It would be baffling to be if Newcastle, Everton, Bournemouth, Burnley, Ipswich, Fulham, Blackburn and West Ham didn’t give it right old go tonight. Let’s hope they do.

Who will earn the right to potentially face Port Vale or Middlesbrough – victors over Mansfield Town and Exeter City respectively in Tuesday’s ties – in the last eight? Do stick about to find out.

The quarter-final draw will follow this set of matches, and will be covered by this blog. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

7.45pm GMT kick off unless stated
West Ham v Arsenal (7.30pm)
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Chelsea v Blackburn
Everton v Burnley
Ipswich v Fulham
Manchester United v Newcastle (8.15pm – see our separate MBM on that game)


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