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.
CARLING CUP QUARTER FINAL PREDICTIONS
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:
FOR THE RECORD … ALL THE WINNERS OF THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE CUP
1966 West Brom
1970 Manchester City
1975 Aston Villa
1976 Manchester City
1977 Aston Villa
1979 Nottingham Forest
1989 Nottingham Forest
1990 Nottingham Forest
1991 Sheffield Wednesday
1992 Manchester United
1994 Aston Villa
1996 Aston Villa
2006 Manchester United
2009 Manchester United
2010 Manchester United
by Terence Johns