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Tuesday 30 October 2012

Capital One Cup: Clubs battle to reach last eight

Twelve Barclays Premier League clubs are looking to reach the quarter-finals

  • Reading hope to reach the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1998

  • Chelsea and Manchester United will renew their rivalry on Wednesday

Twelve Barclays Premier League clubs are looking to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup today and tomorrow.

The stand-out tie is an immediate reprise of the exciting meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend.

The two teams, who have won the competition eight times between them, are likely to make a number of changes to the sides who played a five-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge.

There are three other all-Premier League ties, including Reading v Arsenal as a sold-out Madejski Stadium will be cheering on Brian McDermott's charges who are looking to reach the fifth round for the first time in 14 years.

Arsenal, by contrast, are hoping to extend a nine-year run of reaching the last eight. The two clubs are meeting for the first time this season.

Sunderland are also hoping to progress beyond the fourth round for the first time since 2001 as they face north-east rivals Middlesbrough at the Stadium of Light.

The other ties involving top-flight clubs pit Norwich City against Tottenham Hotspur, who have already been held to a 1-1 draw by Chris Hughton's side this season, and Liverpool against Swansea City, both taking place on Wednesday.

Capital One Cup fourth-round fixtures

Tuesday 30 October
Leeds United v Southampton
v Arsenal
v Middlesbrough
Swindon v Aston Villa
Wigan Athletic
v Bradford City

Wednesday, 31 October
v Manchester United
Norwich City
v Tottenham Hotspur
v Swansea City

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Key Points

  • Twelve Premier League clubs are looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup
  • Reading v Arsenal is one of four all-Premier League clashes in the fourth round
  • Chelsea and Manchester United renew battle after their exciting league encounter at the weekend