The League Cup may well be considered the least prestigious domestic cup, but there is no denying that the third round threw up some rather intriguing ties. The clash between Manchester United and Liverpool was make or break for David Moyes, finally giving United fans something to cheer about. Arsenal needed extra time and penalties to get past West Brom and both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City showed yet again how good they really are. Add to that the likes of Everton and of course Liverpool crashing out – not to mention holders Swansea, and the third round was more watchable than many had thought.
Now, inevitably, comes the fourth round. Ties such as Birmingham City V Stoke may not capture the imagination, but the marquee signing of the round – Arsenal v Chelsea certainly will. The Special One comes up against the Voyeur for the first time since returning to England and will be relishing the chance.
Chelsea may not have started the season as well as many may have predicted, but they have a fantastic squad and Mourinho certainly has affection for the league cup. It was the first trophy Mourinho won, beating Liverpool in 2005. Mourinho will also have the chance to reunited with Mesut Ozil – albeit on different sides.
Arsenal fans may fear playing Chelsea and Mourinho – but the real problem against the Blues had been Didier Drogba. Who is no longer at the club. No matter how much the fans or Mourinho may want Drogba back, that is not going to happen.
Chelsea may well play a stronger side – such is Wenger’s fondness for his kids in the League Cup, but the atmosphere at the Emirates will be second to none. Sponsors will be rubbing their hands together at the prospect make no mistake.
Spurs will look to go through against Hull, as will Manchester United who will be visited by Norwrich. There may well be some shocks in store – there is always one in knockout competitions.
The draw in full:
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Burnley v West Ham United
Arsenal v Chelsea
Birmingham City v Stoke City
Manchester United v Norwich City
Sunderland v Southampton
Leicester City v Fulham
The matches will be played on 29 or 30 October.
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