League Cup draw sets up Manchester derby, Villa to investigate Grealish over alleged disturbance and Willem II player first to be sent off by video ref

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1. Manchester City will travel to Old Trafford to face rivals United for the second time in a matter of weeks as they were drawn together in the fourth round of the League Cup.

2. Aston Villa are to begin an internal investigation into reports that midfielder Jack Grealish was ejected from a hotel at 7:45am following complaints of allegedly causing a disturbance after complaints are reported to have been made.

3. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has urged his fellow British managers to prove they are good enough to take control of Premier League clubs after England coach Sam Allardyce warned the league could soon be devoid of homegrown gaffers.

4. Danny Rose has signed a new contract with Tottenham to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021. He has been with Spurs since 2007 and has played over 120 games, in addition to making his international debut, for the club.

5. Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has been ruled out for three weeks. He left the field in the 59th minute of their match against Atletico Madrid with a groin strain, but he could be in line to make a return for their Champions League tie against Manchester City.

6. Willem II Tilburg midfielder Anouar Kali became the first player to ever be sent off as a result of a video replay after the newly introduced system decided his yellow card against Ajax in their Dutch Cup tie should be upped to a red (Reuters).

7. Spartak Moscow fans wanting to attend their Russian Cup tie against SKA-Khabarovsk will have to travel over 3,000 miles over seven days; is this European football’s longest away trip? World Soccer magazine investigated (WorldSoccer).

8. French club Nice’s manager Lucien Favre has admitted he is surprised by the instant impact Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli has had since joining the club. The controversial striker has scored four goals in two games (ESPNFC).

9. Most Arsenal fans would put Thierry Henry’s sensational goal against Manchester United at Highbury in their top 10 goals in the club’s history, so Santi Cazorla tried to recreate it and got it spot on (Mirror).

10. And finally…Most football programmes usually feature a picture of a player from the previous game. However, Wolves have gone for something slightly different and a lot more artistic for their game against Brentford this weekend (WhoAteAllThePies).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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About Ben Wheatland (121 Articles)
Ben is a supporter of Swindon Town FC. He is an aspiring sports writer, and his ramblings can be found on TheBootRoom and TheFootballForecast. He is also the editor of TheOffsideDaily. In his spare time he reads and writes about corruption in FIFA, and in football more generally.

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