Carling Cup quarter final line-up

There’s some interesting matches in this year’s Carling Cup quarter finals.

Liverpool will travel to Chelsea in one of two all-Premier League ties in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

In the other, Arsenal, who came from behind to beat Bolton in the previous round, will welcome Manchester City.

Championship side Crystal Palace are rewarded for their progress with a trip to Manchester United while Cardiff, also of the second tier, will play host to Blackburn Rovers.

The ties will played in the week commencing 28 November.

Liverpool have won the trophy a record seven times, their last success coming in 2003 when they beat Manchester United in the final.

But manager Kenny Dalglish is looking for his first success in the competition after his Liverpool side were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the final in 1987.

The Reds last met Chelsea in the competition in 2007 when goals from Frank Lampard and Andrei Shevchenko gave the Blues a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal are looking to go one better than they did last season, when they were beaten 2-1 in the final by Birmingham City.


In-form team Arsenal have come good and look hungry, and however great Manchester City are at the moment, they won’t be able to keep it up. Even the teams that win Premierships don’t always win every game.

Cardiff and Blackburn…well…to be honest…who cares.

Chelsea and Liverpool…again…I must say…who really cares? Chelsea do play good football but it’s so robotic. There’s plenty of skill but no flair. It like Nick Faldo in golf. He had plenty of skill but no flair…Seve Ballesteros was the one with all the flair.

Manchester United need to get themselves back on track but Sir Alex Ferguson is so focused on the Champions League and Premiership that he may slip up here. Dougie Freedman who was brought in at the end of last year to save Palace going down has really turned things around for the South London club…well…they’re doing quite well at the moment. Sitting third in the Championship, they could be a fright for any Premiership team. Plus, Dougie breaths Crystal Palace…if you cut him, he bleeds red and blue.

Well, there’s my quarter final predictions…what’s that you say? …predictions for the final? …OK, I’m not going to sit on the fence here. The final will…of course…be a North London South London final…Arsenal against Crystal Palace…as long as they don’t meet each other in the semi-final.

Arsenal v Manchester City

Cardiff City v Blackburn Rovers

Chelsea v Liverpool

Manchester United v Crystal Palace


And for the record…here are all the winners of the League Cup…which is now the Carling Cup:



1961 Aston Villa
1962 Norwich
1963 Birmingham
1964 Leicester
1965 Chelsea
1966 West Brom
1967 QPR
1968 Leeds
1969 Swindon
1970 Manchester City
1971 Tottenham
1972 Stoke
1973 Tottenham
1974 Wolves
1975 Aston Villa
1976 Manchester City
1977 Aston Villa
1978 Nottingham Forest
1979 Nottingham Forest
1980 Wolves
1981 Liverpool
1982 Liverpool
1983 Liverpool
1984 Liverpool
1985 Norwich
1986 Oxford
1987 Arsenal
1988 Luton
1989 Nottingham Forest
1990 Nottingham Forest
1991 Sheffield Wednesday
1992 Manchester United
1993 Arsenal
1994 Aston Villa
1995 Liverpool
1996 Aston Villa
1997 Leicester
1998 Chelsea
1999 Tottenham
2000 Leicester
2001 Liverpool
2002 Blackburn
2003 Liverpool
2004 Middlesbrough
2005 Chelsea
2006 Manchester United
2007 Chelsea
2008 Tottenham
2009 Manchester United
2010 Manchester United

by Terence Johns


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