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Northern Ireland international midfielder Corry Evans returned to the Sunderland starting XI as manager Lee Johnson made some changes for the Carabao Cup round of 16 clash with hosts Queens Park Rangers (QPR) last week.

Corry Evans started a game for the first time against QPR since his return from injury and he was on for 65 minutes before being replaced by attacking player Aiden O'Brien as the Black Cats searched for a goal that would take them into the Carabao Cup quarterfinals.

QPR were the favourites but they could only play out a goalless draw at the end of regulation time thereby paving the way for the dreaded penalty shootout. In the end, Corry Evans and his Sunderland teammates held their nerves to seal a Carabao Cup quarterfinal slot thanks to the 3-1 win on penalties.
The reward for beating London team QPR to a Carabao Cup spot is a quarterfinal clash with a bigger London team in Arsenal. The Gunners booked their own place in the last eight of the Carabao Cup by beating Leeds United at home.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made wholesale changes to his usual starting XI and that didn't stop his team from beating the Whites 2-0 with goals from the English duo of Eddie Nketiah and Calum Chambers. Chambers and Nketiah scored the goals in the second half. Arsenal are massive favourites to seal a place in the Carabao Cup last four at the expense of the Black Cats who have suffered in terms of results in League One in recent weeks with two straight defeats thereby dropping to fifth on the league standings.
Sunderland were hit 5-1 by hosts Rotherham United with ten men in League One at the weekend. The Black Cats had Aiden O'Brien sent off for two yellow cards in the second half. Corry Evans was introduced into the game just before the hour mark in the place of young German striker Leon Dajaku who's on loan at the club from German Bundesliga capital club Union Berlin.