The football just keeps on coming. All the football, all the time. You’ll have Friday to recuperate a little, but then we’ll be straight back into it that evening and all throughout the weekend.
But for Thursday night, there were still a few Carabao Cup fixtures to be settled, with Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City among the six teams in action.
C’mon then, let’s get into it.
Ollie Watkins came off the bench to score his first goal for Aston Villa during their routine victory at Bristol City.
The former Brentford forward slotted in at the back post just three minutes after his introduction in the second half. The Villans had previously taken a commanding lead inside 14 minutes thanks to strikes from Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traore.
Dean Smith’s side will host Stoke in the next round.
Liverpool fielded a number of established first team players during their trip to Lincoln, resulting in a thumping win over their League One opponents.
Xherdan Shaqiri was handed a rare start and gave everyone a reminder of his abilities by whipping in a terrific free kick in the ninth minute. Takumi Minamino grabbed his first goal for the club nine minutes later, curling into the top right corner from outside the box.
The Reds were four goals up by half time as Curtis Jones netted a quick double, the first another beauty and the second a deflected strike from range. Minamino got his second just after the break, converting on the rebound.
Lincoln pulled one back through Tayo Edun’s cool left-footed finish, though Marko Grujic soon restored Liverpool’s five-goal advantage with a low strike from outside the box.
The Imps again pulled one back as Lewis Montsma powered in a header which just about creeped over the line before Divock Origi stuck in a seventh for the visitors late on.
Liverpool have a home time against Arsenal to look forward to in what is arguably the pick of the fourth round matches.
Manchester City were made to work hard for their 2-1 victory over Championship outfit Bournemouth.
17-year-old striker Liam Delap, son of former Stoke midfielder Rory, made the most of his first start for Pep Guardiola’s side, finishing delightfully from Phil Foden’s through ball early on.
Sam Surridge pulled the Cherries back into the contest in the 22nd minute, jinking and turning inside the box before arrowing a low shot past Zack Steffen.
Guardiola brought on Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling in the second half in the search for a winner, but it was Foden who made the most of a fortunate bounce off the post to put City back in front.
City travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in the next round.