Tuesday football as it happened

Live text commentary of the League Cup third round, as Aston Villa defeat Manchester City and Everton lose at Leeds

25 September 2012 Last updated at 23:44

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  1. 2240: 

    In the meantime, you can read reports and reaction to tonight's games on this very website and also have a sneaky look at previews to get yourself in gear for tomorrow. I'll be back for that but for now, I'll see thee.

  2. 2238: 

    Well, it's fair to say it has been another belting night of League Cup action. The competition everyone loves to disrespect is slowly building itself a nice little rep. I'm sure the fans of Leeds, Villa, Bradford, et al would agree with me.

    Good news is we get to do it all over again tomorrow with six more round three ties. Oh yes.


    Ed, Manchester, via text: "Just got out of the etihad. Awful first half, scintillating second. Too cold to be disappointed."

    Sean, Man City fan, via text: "Somethings not right at the moment, but it tells you the change in the times when the Villa fans are treating this like a Cup semi-final."


    Harry Agar on Twitter: "Well done Bradford! The last league 2 club standing and making their first appearance in the fourth round since 1989"

    Chris Johnson on Twitter: "From 4-1 loss against promoted side to 4-2 win against league champs in three days. Going to be an interesting season!"

    Benjamin Savjani on Twitter: "People thinking Villa have pulled of the shock of the round, they're wrong. Cov will smash Arsenal tomorrow"

  5. 2230: 

    More headlines...

    Bradford come back from two goals down to beat Burton 3-2 in extra-time, with Stephen Darby getting the winner five minutes from time. Swansea survive a scare as they come back from 2-1 down to grab a last-gasp win at League One Crawley. Wigan hammer fellow top-flight side West Ham 4-1 at Upton Park. Swindon's Cup run continues with a 3-1 win over Burnley. There are also wins for Southampton, Middlesbrough and Sunderland (who managed it with 10 men at MK Dons).

  6. 2227: 

    Inverness Caley Thistle make it all six Scottish Premier League sides into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Communities League Cup after winning their penalty shoot-out on Second Division side Stenhousemuir's artificial pitch.


    Here are some headlines from the first batch of League Cup round three fixtures...

    Premier League champions Manchester City are out after early-season strugglers Aston Villa record an impressive 4-2 extra-time win at Etihad Stadium. Goals from Aidy White and Rodolph Austin help Championship side Leeds roll back the years with a 2-1 victory over in-form Premier League outfit Everton. Chelsea wipe the floor with Wolves to book a spot in round four courtesy of a 6-0 scoreline.


    Matt, jubilant Villa fan, via text: "I'd ordered a take-away and was that nervous I couldn't eat it...but now it's 4-2 I've got indigestion from walloping it down so fast!"

    Dan, via text: "Lifetime Villa fan, Swindon season ticket holder since I moved here ten years ago. Pinch me!"

    Craig in the west midlands, via text: "Passed my driving test and the Villa beating Man City! Days don't get better than this!"

  9. 2218: 

    Right at the end we get one of the stories of the night as Villa make a mockery of their early season form with a win at the home of the Champions. They deserved it as well for a disciplined display packed with hard work and efficient counter attacking. City were great at times. But they were awful at others.

  10. 2217: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester City 2-4 Aston Villa

    Christian Reilly on Twitter: "Can't keep hold of a lead. That's the simple problem with City this season."

    Alex McCormac on Twitter: "Something's gone rotten at the Etihad....."

    Sirhan al Sirhan on Twitter: "Pray for Mancini #Emptyhad"

  12. 2215: 

    Stenhousemuir against Inverness Caledonian Thistle is going into penalty kicks. The SPL side went ahead through Billy McKay, with Brown Ferguson replying for the Second Division side from the penalty spot. But there have been no more goals in extra-time.

  13. 2214: 

    Just the one game left before we can call an end to the night's League Cup action and it is a game that looks all wrapped up. Villa lead Manchester City 4-2 with just under 90 seconds to go.

  14. 2213: 
    FULL-TIME- Bradford 3-2 Burton
  15. 2208: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-4 Aston Villa - Gabriel Agbonlahor (113 mins)

    Is that the killer goal in this tie? Gabriel Agbonlahor sets off on a superb run into the box before firing a left-foot shot that takes a big deflection and loops over Costel Pantilimon and in. The Villa fans are delirious. The City fans head for the exits.

  16. 2207: 
    GOAL- Bradford 3-2 Burton - Stephen Darby (115 mins)

    With five minutes to go in extra time, Bradford have completed the turnaround to make it 3-2. Stephen Darby unleashes a shot from 20 yards that sneaks in. From 2-0 down to 3-2 up, it looks like the Bantams are heading for round four.


    Joe Giles on Twitter: "4-1 at home to a very average Wigan. What a joke! Still love seeing di canio do well though"

    Atlanta Gunner on Twitter: "What in the wide wide world has gotten into Man City this season?"

    Brendan Bennett on Twitter: "If Villa hold onto this lead, it could be the result that kick starts their season"


    Martin, Bradford, via text: "Is Alex in Southport having a laugh when he said Leeds didn't play well? They were outstanding, and I'm a Bradford fan!"

  19. 2200: 

    We are into the second period of extra time at the Etihad, where it is Manchester City 2-3 Aston Villa. At Bradford, the second half of the extra 30 minutes is also under way. The home side are drawing 2-2 with Burton.

  20. 2158: 

    It won't come as a surprise for you to learn that Manchester City are on the attack at the Etihad. Gareth Barry looks to make amends for his earlier own goal with an equaliser but he fires his effort from distance over the bar under pressure from Marc Albrighton.


    Akinpelu Kayode on Twitter: "Quite a scare for Swansea that time. And for once, Paolo Di Canio gets a 'positive' mention."

    William Unwin on Twitter: "As a Villa fan, I've not had this feeling for 3 years! Nerves of having to hold on to a lead I mean!!!"

  22. 2155: 

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock: "The atmosphere and the rain made it a real old fashioned cup tie. We deserved it, we should have scored two or three other goals so I am just disappointed that we didn't win it more easily. I didn't think there was a weakness tonight, I thought we deserved it and make no mistake they wanted this tonight, they wanted to win. We put our head and bodies on the line but you have to do that in the cup. We are a little bit thin on the ground but you see tonight the belief is fantastic. We just want a winnable game in the next round."

  23. 2154: 

    It is still 2-2 between Bradford and Burton. This is Bradford's first appearance in the third round of the League Cup in the last 11 seasons. With home advantage and having come back from 2-0 down late on, you'd put the Bantams as favourites to advance. But you can't take anything for granted in this League Cup.


    Tony, via text: "Moyes again plays a reserve team and gets knocked out of a competition we could win. Will he ever learn. Most Everton supporters just want to win any trophy ahead of league position."

    Alex in Southport, via text: "Leeds didn't even play well. Everton were disgustingly bad, absolutely pathetic. They don't deserve to wear the shirts."

    Michelle, via text: "Gutted Everton have gone out but well done to ours fans singing ' justice for the 96' - really proud."

  25. 2150: 

    Leeds goalscorer Aidan White on Sky Sports: "I have been dreaming of finally scoring for Leeds and it finally came tonight. I just kind of took it early and got the keeper unexpected. I was just delighted to see it go in. Hopefully we can go all the way."

    Leeds defender Jason Pearce: "It was a brilliant performance from the boys. These are the kind of nights you want to be involved in. We had to battle it out but as a team we were superb."

  26. 2146: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-3 Aston Villa - Charles N'Zogbia

    With their first attack of extra time, Aston Villa take the lead. It is a rapid counter attack from the away side as City switch off at the back allowing Gabriel Agbonlahor to fire a shot on goal that Costel Pantilimon can't hold. Charles N'Zogbia is on hand to sweep in. It gives Villa the lead for the first time in the game. Can they do a better job of holding on to it than City?

  27. 2148: 

    There was drama throughout the Blue Square Bet Premier tonight. Leaders Newport came from a goal down to win 4-2 at AFC Telford, who ended the game with nine men. Second-placed Forest Green also came from behind to win at Hereford. Wrexham stay third with a 3-0 victory over Barrow. Kidderminster move off the bottom of the table with three goals in the last 30 minutes to win 3-1 at Cambridge.

  28. 2146: 

    Pretty tame start to extra time at the Etihad. Neither team willing to break out and have a go early doors. Manchester City have the first real effort with a Carlos Tevez shot but he puts it wide.


    Michael Roche on Twitter: "Even against lower league opposition, that was clinical from Chelsea!"

    LudaChris on Twitter: "Swindon keep doing it. Di Canio rant, meltdown, shock win. Its become the stape of our season"

    Grant Campbell on Twitter: "Great win from Leeds against in form Everton. Didn't see that one coming"

  30. 2142: 

    So, after all that we're left with two games in extra time. It finished 2-2 in both Manchester City v Aston Villa and Bradford v Burton and both have now kicked off in the extra 30 minutes.

  31. 2141: 
    FULL-TIME- Preston 1-3 Middlesbrough
  32. 2140: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 1-4 Wigan
  33. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Swindon 3-1 Burnley
  34. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Leeds 2-1 Everton
  35. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday
  36. 2137: 

    Second Division Stenhousemuir missed a stoppage-time chance to claim a surprise win before taking Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle into extra-time in the Scottish Communities League Cup. However, Gary Hooper scored all of Celtic's goals in a 4-1 victory over First Division side Raith Rovers to ease into the quarter-finals. Marius Zaliukas scored twice to atone for a mistake that handed Livingston an equaliser before Hearts won 3-1. Steven McLean also grabbed a double as St Johnstone eased past Queen's Park 4-1. Dundee United were fortunate to survive constant second-half pressure from Second Division side Queen of the South to progress thanks to Johnny Russell's first-half strike. And St Mirren took until stoppage-time before Lee Mair edged out Hamilton Accies.

  37. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Crawley 2-3 Swansea
  38. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester City 2-2 Aston Villa

    Going into extra time.

  39. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Bradford 2-2 Burton

    Going into extra time.

  40. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- MK Dons 0-2 Sunderland
  41. 2133: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 6-0 Wolves
  42. 2133: 
    GOAL- Crawley 2-3 Swansea - Garry Monk (90 mins)

    Swansea claim what seems to be a last-gasp winner in injury time as Garry Monk heads in from a corner. The Swans have had one hell of a scare at League One Crawley but look to be scrapping through into round four.

  43. 2131: 
    GOAL- Bradford 2-2 Burton - Nahki Wells (90 mins)

    Nakhi Wells has rescued Bradford in the 90th minute, heading them level from close range. Looks like we're set for another 30 minutes.

  44. 2131: 

    So close to a Manchester City winner but Carlos Tevez's free-kick shaves the top of the Villa crossbar. City keen to try to snatch this one in normal time.

  45. 2129: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-4 Wigan - Jordi Gomez (84 mins)

    It is thankyou and goodnight for West Ham as Jordi Gomez strokes home the spot kick to make it 4-1 to Wigan. The Latics are heading for round four.

  46. 2126: 
    PENALTY- Wigan

    West Ham keeper Stephen Henderson brings down James McArthur in the box and it is a penalty for the visitors. This could be thankyou and goodnight for the Hammers.

  47. 2126: 
    GOAL- Swindon 3-1 Burnley - Troy Archibald-Henville (83 mins)

    Unlikely to be a way back for Burnley now as Swindon go 3-1 up at the County Ground through Troy Archibald-Henville. The big defender rises to meet a cross from Jay McEveley to nod the ball over the line and all but send the home side into the next round.

  48. 2126: 
    GOAL- Bradford v Burton - Nahki Wells (83 mins)

    Nahki Wells pulls a goal back for the home side with a strike from the edge of the area. Lots happening right now.

  49. 2126:  
    Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Everton have clawed their way back into it somehow. Ashdown has only had two saves to make tonight but that was a terrific header by Distin. This is now a real test of Leeds' nerve. Can they cling on?"

  50. 2125: 

    An inspired triple substitution by Luton manager Paul Buckle has produced two goals in three minutes. Stuart Fleetwood set up Yaser Kasim and Fleetwood himself then converted Jake Robinson's through ball and Luton now lead 2-1 at Tamworth. Newport look set to keep their place at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table and are now leading 3-1 at AFC Telford - the hosts are down to nine men.

  51. 2124: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Jay Rodriguez (78 mins)

    Southampton are firmly on course to progress to the last 16 as Jay Rodriguez scores his second of the game. Referee Mark Halsey awards the home side a penalty after Steve de Ridder is brought down inside the area, Rodriguez steps up and though Stephen Bywater gets to his spot kick, the ball squirms under the Sheffield Wednesday keeper and into the net.

  52. 2123: 
    GOAL- Leeds 2-1 Everton - Sylvain Distin

    Everton have a lifeline. A free-kick is swung over from the left and glanced on before Sylvain Distin loops a header past the dive of Jamie Ashdown. You sense the Leeds goal has a 10-minute seige coming.

  53. 2123: 
    GOAL- MK Dons 0-2 Sunderland - James McClean (82 mins)

    Sunderland may be down to 10 men following Lee Cattermole's first-half red card, but they are surely through to the fourth round. James McClean extends their lead at MK Dons, finishing a fine run with a left-foot shot from a tight angle.


    Stuart McKeown on Twitter: "In the car it's 1-1, in the drive way 2-1 and turn on the tv to 2-2. I can't take this City, why don't we do things easy?"

    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Looking at Milner for the O.G. matchwinner for Villa"

  55. 2117: 
    GOAL- Swindon 2-1 Burnley - Charlie Austin (74 mins)

    Burnley give themselves hope as Charlie Austin collects Sam Vokes' cross before rounding the keeper and scoring against his former club. 15 minutes to go. Nervous times for Paolo Di Canio's men.

  56. 2116: 
    GOAL- Crawley 2-2 Swansea - Danny Graham (74 mins)

    Shock fans can sit down for the time being. Substitute Danny Graham might have saved Swansea blushes as he heads home an equaliser from Dwight Tiendalli's excellent cross.

  57. 2115: 

    It is end-to-end at the County Ground as Burnley look to get back into their game against Swindon, who currently lead 2-0. Home keeper Wes Foderingham makes an excellent save to deny Sam Vokes while at the other end Burnley's Brian Jensen has to be at his best to keep out Matt Ritchie's diving header.


    Mike, Derby, via text: "Did nobody at Wolves see fit to tell the new bloke what happened when Mick last pulled this trick of surrender by team selection? Disgusted."

  59. 2111: 
    GOAL- Leeds 2-0 Everton - Rodolph Austin (70 mins)

    Just as Everton were eyeing a charge for an equaliser, Leeds double their lead and give themselves a precious cushion against the Premier League side. A free-kick from the byline is pulled back and struck by Danny Pugh - who is in acres of space - and then prodded in by Rodolph Austin.

  60. 2111: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-2 Aston Villa - Gabriel Agbonlahor (70 mins)

    It is a cracking match at the Etihad. Aston Villa level again. Gabriel Agbonlahor surges into the area before sweeping in a shot past keeper Costel Pantilimon. Game on.

  61. 2111: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 6-0 Wolves - Victor Moses (71 mins)

    Marko Marin, with his first contribution since coming on, finds Oscar. The Brazilian dribbles into box, lifts the ball onto Victor Moses's head and the Chelsea forward applies the most straightforward of finishes for his first Blues goal. Champagne stuff

  62. 2110:  
    Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "You do fear that Everton will create at least two or three more clear-cut chances in this game, so Leeds really do need to go in search of that second goal that would make their task so much more difficult. They need to keep their heads, they need to stay calm and not jump in to those tackles."


    Tommy, via text: "When Torres scores, you know something magical is happening here at Stamford Bridge!"

    Dave, Midlands, via text: "As a Wolves fan I'm so glad we've been able to help Torres with his confidence tonight!"

  64. 2108: 

    Sheffield Wednesday have started the second half brightly as they look to cancel out Jay Rodriquez's first-half opener for Southampton. Nejc Pecnik attempts the spectacular with a fine volley from the edge of the box, but it goes just over before the Wednesday man works space inside box but sees his effort tipped away by Saints keeper Paulo Gazzaniga. Still 1-0 Southampton.

  65. 2107: 
    GOAL- Preston 1-3 Middlesbrough - Richard Smallwood (61 mins)

    Richard Smallwood bundles in a third goal for Middlesbrough to put them within sight of a place in the fourth round. The youngster scores only his second goal for the club after Preston keeper Steve Simonsen saves from one of his own defenders.

  66. 2105: 

    Gary Hooper has added two more in the second half - that's four now - as Celtic have eased into a 4-1 lead over Raith Rovers. But another SPL side, Hearts, have been begged back thanks to Marc McNulty's equaliser for Livingston.

  67. 2105: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-1 Aston Villa - Aleksandar Kolarov (64 mins)

    City regain the lead soon after falling behind. Aleksandar Kolarov whips a free-kick up and down over the wall and into the net past former City keeper Shay Given.

  68. 2104: 

    Blue Square Bet Premier basement club Kidderminster are now 1-0 down at Cambridge, Josh Coulson with the goal for the home side. Aaron O'Connor and a Dan Preston own goal has put Newport, who would keep their place at the top of the table with victory, 2-1 up at AFC Telford.

  69. 2104: 
    GOAL- Crawley 2-1 Swansea - Hope Akpan (62 mins)

    Is this where the big shock is coming from? Hope Akpan spins his marker in the Swansea area to shoot League One Crawley into the lead against Premier League Swansea.

  70. 2103: 

    Everton are pushing hard for an equaliser at Leeds now. Steven Naismith heads a glorious chance wide at the back post before Victor Anichebe shoots just past the far post.

  71. 2100: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-1 Aston Villa - Gareth Barry own goal (59 mins)

    It's double joy for Aston Villa. They are level at Manchester City and it has come courtesy of an own goal from their former player Gareth Barry, who deflects the ball into his own off Andreas Weimann's cross.

  72. 2058: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 5-0 Wolves - Fernando Torres (58 mins)

    A near post Fernando Torres header from a Juan Mata corner makes it 5-0 to Chelsea. The Blues have still got half an hour left. How many are Wolves going to be taken for?

  73. 2057: 

    Everton look to pull level against Leeds but Steven Pienaar snatches at a shot form the edge of the box and it flies over the bar.

  74. 2055: 
    GOAL- MK Dons 0-1 Sunderland - Craig Gardner (54 mins)

    Ten-man Sunderland are in front at MK Dons. Craig Gardner drives a 25-yard free kick past a motionless goalkeeper. They've got some work to do, but the Black Cats are edging towards a first appearance in the fourth round in three years.

  75. 2053: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 4-0 Wolves - Oriol Romeu (53 mins)

    Chelsea start the second half how they began the first. Oriol Romeu makes no mistake from the penalty spot with his first goal for the club the day after his 21st birthday.

  76. 2053: 
    PENALTY- Chelsea

    Victor Moses is taken down by Dorus de Vries and the ref points straight to the spot.

  77. 2052: 

    I think we've just had the longest spell of the night without a goal. A whole four minutes of football. It's the calm before the storm.

  78. 2048: 

    We're back under way. A full 45 minutes (at least) of League Cup football coming your way.


    Richard, via text: "That's the only time i've ever followed bbc live football and felt sorry for the person typing....non stop goal action to report plus being battered by rain and wind!!"

    Don't worry, I am inside Richard. The BBC have made cuts over the years, but it's not so bad I'm being made to stand outside with my laptop.

  80. 2045: 

    Right, we've had a little break. It's time to suit up and get back on it. League Cup, with this football you're really spoiling us. Second halves coming up.


    Oliver G Green on Twitter: "Maybe teams shouldn't try to win the cup, the last two managers to win it have been sacked at the end of the season"

    Philip Withers on Twitter: "Those moaning about wolves side tonight.. Solbakken said at weekend he would make 9-10 changes! Plenty of notice"

    Craig Weale on Twitter: "Death, taxes and Lee Cattermole red cards..."

  82. 2039: 

    If things stay the same Forest Green, who lead Hereford 2-1 at half-time, would have a two-point lead at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table. Wrexham would move level on 22 points with Welsh rivals Newport. At the bottom, basement club Kidderminster are drawing 0-0 at Cambridge.

  83. 2037:  
    Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "David Moyes will have one or two choice words for his players at half-time. They have to come out and play with more purpose, more belief and more passion in the second half. I do fear for Leeds though. As bad as they have been, they simply can't be this bad for another 45 minutes. Moyes won't stand for it."

  84. 2036:  
    Kevin Gallacher for BBC Radio 5live sports extra at the Etihad Stadium:

    "It's been a strange game. It's been a slow style of football. As Manchester City have shown us, they build play up slowly and, when they get near goal, they then speed it up and that's how they got the goal. Before that, Villa looked like the better side."

  85. 2035: 

    We can all take a 15-minute breather as half-time sweeps the country. Not a bad half that, eh. Although maybe not for my sanity. Or fingers.

  86. 2035: 

    Top-flight sides just have the edge in the Scottish Communities League Cup. Two goals from Gary Hooper have given Celtic a 2-1 half-time lead over Raith Rovers after Allan Walker's deflected drive had given the First Division side a surprise equaliser. Steven McLean's double has put St Johnstone 2-1 ahead against Queen's Park, Johnny Russell has given Dundee United the half-time lead away to Queen of the South and Danny Grainger has put Hearts ahead against Livingston. But Second Division Stenhousemuir have come from behind to draw level with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and another Scottish Premier League side, St Mirren, are being held to a 0-0 draw at home by Hamilton Accies.

  87. 2033: 

    Leeds are an inch from taking a 2-0 lead over Everton in first-half stoppage time as Luciano Becchio's header is cleared off the line by Steven Naismith after Jan Mucha had got a hand to it.

  88. 2030: 
    GOAL- Crawley 1-1 Swansea - Josh Simpson (45 mins)

    Josh Simpson's shot takes a wicked deflection to put Crawley back on level terms against Premier League Swansea. This season, Crawley have knocked out two Championship clubs - Millwall on penalties at the New Den in the first round, and Bolton 2-1 at home in round two. Their keeping themselves in the hunt for bigger prey.

  89. 2028: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-3 Wigan - Mauro Boselli (41 mins)

    West Ham are up against it now as Wigan charge into a 3-1 lead. Mauro Boselli again shows his finishing prowess as he beats the offside trap before lifting a shot over home keeper Stephen Henderson and in for his second goal of the game.

  90. 2027: 
    GOAL- Swindon 2-0 Burnley - Andy Williams (42 mins)

    The one previous occasion Swindon met Burnley in the League Cup, they beat them and went on to win the competition. A repeat of that feat may be a tall order but they have one foot in the last 16 as Andy Williams makes it 2-0. Tommy Miller steals possession in midfield, feeds a pass to Williams, who fires a low shot below Brian Jensen and into the net. That Andy Williams, he's just too good to be true.

  91. 2027: 

    Forest Green have come from a goal down to lead 2-1 at Hereford and lead the Blue Square Bet Premier table - for the time being at least. Newport, who went into the game as leaders, are losing 1-0 at AFC Telford. Elsewhere, Grimsby are leading Gateshead 2-0 and Dartford are winning 2-0 at Braintree. High-flying Wrexham are leading Barrow by a goal to nil.

  92. 2026: 
    GOAL- Preston 1-2 Middlesbrough - Jack King (40 mins)

    Jack King has given Preston hope in their tie against Middlesbrough at Deepdale. King finishes off a lovely move from 12 yards to pull a goal back, and it's 1-2.

  93. 2026: 

    Gary Hooper has struck twice for Celtic, who lead Raith Rovers 2-1. Steven McLean's first goal for St Johnstone looked to be pointing the Scottish Premier League side towards victory over Queen's Park, but Dean Keenan equalised for the Third Division leaders. But two other top-flight sides remain ahead, with Billy McKay putting Inverness Caledonian Thistle ahead on Second Division Stenhousemuir's artificial pitch and Johnny Russell scoring for Dundee United in Dumfries against Queen of the South. Two SPL sides are being held at home to First Division opponents, Hearts by Livingston and St Mirren by Hamilton Accies.

  94. 2024: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-2 Wigan - Ivan Ramis (38 mins)

    Wigan have turned it around at Upton Park. Ivan Ramis is allowed to run from the halfway line and cuts inside before firing in from 20 yards for his first goal for the club.


    Stephen Ford on Twitter: ""Red card - Sunderland - Lee Cattermole". A story in the 'Dog bites man' category if ever there was one"

  96. 2024: 

    Aidy White goes close again for Leeds. Some nice interplay between Luciano Becchio and El-Hadji Diouf sets up a shot on the edge of the box for the Irishman, but his low effort is saved by Jan Mucha.


    Dave from Putney, via text: "80 mil on a new Chelsea strikeforce and our defenders are out gunning them!"

    George from a buzzing Stamford Bridge, via text: "This teams playing better than our normal XI, Piazon looks like such a talent!"

    Nick, via text: "Disgusted by the side Solbakken has sent out to represent Wolves tonight at Chelsea. He may as well have concededed the game befoe kick off, feel sorry for the travelling support."

  98. 2019:  
    Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "Everton just haven't started. They have come here, made a lot of changes, perhaps had a little bit of overconfidence, complacency and they have done nothing. David Moyes is turning to his staff and shaking his head. He can't believe it. He has given these players a chance and they haven't produced. Fellaini is playing too deep. I would expect Moyes to make both tactical and personnel changes at half-time."

  99. 2017: 
    RED CARD- Sunderland - Lee Cattermole

    We've been here before. Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole is shown a straight red card at MK Dons. Cattermole, charging forward with the ball, takes a poor touch and clatters into Adam Chicksen in trying to retrieve possession.

  100. 2017: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Jay Rodriguez (30 mins)

    Jay Rodriguez scores his first competitive goal for Southampton to give them the lead against Sheffield Wednesday. The striker, who signed from Burnley in the summer, has been causing all sorts of problems for the visitors and finally gets the better of their defence when he picks up a pass from Richard Chaplow, turns his marker before smashing the ball into the net.

  101. 2017: 
    GOAL- Bradford 0-2 Burton - Aaron Webster (29 mins)

    Aaron Webster puts Burton 2-0 up at Bradford. The defender has a header cleared by the home defence but it is adjudged to have crossed the line by the assistant referee.


    Phil Broeders on Twitter: "Wolves need a white flag!"

    Sam Peck on Twitter: "Clearly Wolves should never have got rid of Terry Connor"

    Shay-B!! on Twitter: "You may need some plasters at this rate, Phil."

  103. 2014: 

    No goals at St Mary's but Southampton have looked the most likely to score so far against Sheffield Wednesday. Jay Rodriquez has twice gone close with the former Burnley man was first denied by Stephen Bywater after racing through one-on-one, before seeing a header fly just wide of the post.

  104. 2014: 

    Stephen Gleeson has gone just wide from a corner for MK Dons against Sunderland. That is probably the best chance so far, although Martin O'Neill's men have had a fair few decent openings, with Louis Saha close a couple of times.

  105. 2014: 

    Another moment of danger from Wolves. Slawomir Peszko (easy for you to say) rounds Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull only to put his shot into the side netting. Signs of life from Wolves.

  106. 2013: 

    David Davis has just forced Ross Turnbull into his first save of the evening. First sign of danger from Wolves but Chelsea clear to safety from Stephen Hunt's resulting corner. The Irishman is as popular as ever at Stamford Bridge.

  107. 2012: 
    GOAL- Crawley 0-1 Swansea - Miguel Michu (27 mins)

    A superb finish from Miguel Michu to put the Premier League side in front at League One Crawley, slotting home with a curling effort after Wayne Routledge rolled the ball into his path.

  108. 2011: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-0 Aston Villa - Mario Balotelli (27 mins)

    Manchester City's "weakened" team take the lead against Villa. Former Villan James Milner finds Mario Balotelli in the box and he takes a touch before drilling low into the net.

  109. 2011: 

    So, just four goalless fixtures as things stand. Tardy from Man City v Villa, Crawley v Swansea, MK Dons v Sunderland and Saints v Sheffield Wednesday.

  110. 2009: 

    Ben Wright levels things up for Forest Green at Hereford. Victory for Dave Hockaday's side could put them top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table. Current leaders Newport are drawing 0-0 at AFC Telford.

  111. 2007: 

    Two goals so far with Celtic a goal up against Raith Rovers through Gary Hooper's early tap-in and Steven MacLean's first St Johnstone goal putting the Perth side in front against Queen's Park. All other ties are 0-0. You can follow this via a seperate text commentary.

  112. 2006: 
    GOAL- Bradford 0-1 Burton - Billy Kee (18 mins)

    Billy Kee scores with a cracking right-foot strike from 15 yards to convert a cross from Jack Dyer.

  113. 2006: 
    GOAL- Preston 0-2 Middlesborough - Merouane Zaemmama (18 mins)

    Merouane Zemmama puts Middlesbrough 2-0 up at Preston with a classy right-foot strike from around 20 yards. Preston's chances of a third Championship scalp in this season's League Cup are fading fast.

  114. 2004: 
    GOAL- Swindon 1-0 Burnley - Paul Benson (19 mins)

    After soaking up some early pressure, Swindon take the lead against Burnley through veteran striker Paul Benson. Left-back Jay McEveley whips a fine ball into the area and Benson, taking advantage of some statuesque defending by the visitors, guides the ball into the net. Swindon beat Stoke City in the previous round, are they set to claim another higher division scalp?

  115. 2003: 

    A busy night in the Blue Square Bet Premier and second-placed Forest Green Rovers have fallen behind at mid-table Hereford, Stefan Stam with the goal in the seventh minute for the hosts. Elsewhere, Ebbsfleet are beating Woking and Nuneaton are leading 1-0 at Lincoln.

  116. 2003: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 3-0 Wolves - Juan Mata (17 mins)

    Forget the weather, Wolves are being blown away by Chelsea at the Bridge. Juan Mata exchanges passes with Fernando Torres before slotting in past Dorus de Vries.

  117. 2002: 
    Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "There is no real cohesion to Everton at the moment. They are not playing as a team. And to some extent that is understandable given that the manager has made five changes. It may take Everton a little time to find their rhythm but there is enough here to give Moyes cause for concern."

  118. 2002: 

    Bright start for Burnley at Swindon with the Championship side twice going close inside the opening 10 minutes. In-form striker Charlie Austin, who joined Burnley from Swindon last year, first hit the post before seeing a header cleared off the line.

  119. 2001: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-1 Wigan - Mauro Boselli (14 mins)

    Mauro Boselli levels for Wigan at West Ham as he gets on the end of a Callum McManaman cross to the near post and pokes home.

  120. 1959: 
    GOAL- Preston 0-1 Middlesbrough - Emmanuel Ledesma (13 mins)

    Middlesbrough are unbeaten on their last four trips to Deepdale and they ahve made a good start in pursuit of a fifth. Steve Simonsen fails to collect a corner and Emmanuel Ledesma is on hand to put the ball in the net for the visitors.


    Ryan Lusher on Twitter: "Chelsea might have a cricket score tonight from how quick they are scoring."

    Austin Bobmanuel on Twitter: "Cahill scores and now Bertrand. The team is now relaxed. Go ahead Fernando, make my day"

  122. 1954: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Wigan - Modibo Maiga (7 mins)

    West Ham take the lead in one of the night's all-Premier League clashes. Modibo Maiga has made a decent start to his Hammers career and he lights up Upton Park by driving into the area and drilling in a shot that beats the Wigan keeper. Prior to this game, West Ham had failed to score in only one of their last 17 League Cup outings. Make that 18.

  123. 1952: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-0 Wolves - Ryan Bertrand (8 mins)

    Those alarm bells are chiming like there is no tomorrow for Wolves now. Ryan Bertrand strokes home from 12 yards to double Chelsea's advantage. Wolves last won at Stamford Bridge in a Division One clash in March 1979. Doesn't look like that'll be changing.

  124. 1952:  
    Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live at Elland Road:

    "It all came from a simple mistake. Everton were sloppy in possession, Aidan White just runs at people, he has a great turn of pace and it is an absolutely glorious finish. He is composed, he takes his time and sticks it into the top corner. David Moyes will be furious. It was so sloppy."

  125. 1949: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-0 Everton - Aidy White (4 mins)

    What a goal from Aidy White! The left-sided player picks up the ball in midfield and weaves his way through a string of challenges before curling a shot past Everton keeper Jan Mucha. Where did that come from?

  126. 1948: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Wolves - Gary Cahill (4 mins)

    Chelsea up and running very early. Gary Cahill is well-placed to nod in a Juan Mata free-kick. Warning bells must be ringing very loud now for Wolves.

  127. 1947: 

    Late team change at Manchester City. Joleon Lescott is now playing, with Jack Rodwell dropping out. I'm assuming this is for an injury but we have no confirmation.

  128. 1945: 

    Capital One Cup action is under way across the country. Hold on to your waterproof hat.

  129. 1944: 

    Many of you will be seeing that it is raining in Leeds. But I can assure you, it is raining pretty much everywhere. Kick-offs are seconds away.

  130. 1944:  
    Kevin Gallacher on BBC Radio 5live sports extra:

    "The 11 changes for Manchester City are no surprise as they have got two quality sides. Aston Villa haven't made as many changes - six - so they look like they are taking this competition seriously."

  131. 1943: 

    Nicky Bailey makes his first start for Middlesbrough in more than a month after recovering from a hamstring injury. The midfielder's selection against Preston comes as manager Tony Mowbray makes 11 changes to the side who won at Blackburn on Friday night. Striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, who scored both Boro goals against Blackburn, is on the bench. Former Liverpool striker David Amoo is brought into Preston's starting line-up.


    Antony Walker on Twitter: "Would any of the Villa first team get into what is essentially a Man City reserve team?"

    Millsotheblue on Twitter: "Watch out for Francisco Junior for Everton tonight, he had a great pre-season and can pick a pass."

  133. 1941: 

    If you would be so kind as to refresh this page you'll be rewarded with a video showing a programme featuring scores, in midweek. It's Midweek Score.

  134. 1940: 
    LINE-UPS- MK Dons v Sunderland

    Milton Keynes Dons: McLoughlin, Chicksen, Kay, Williams, Lewington, Powell, Gleeson, Potter, Chadwick, Bowditch, Smith. Subs: Burns, Doumbe, MacDonald, Lowe, Ali, O'Shea, Spence.

    Sunderland: Westwood, Gardner, Meyler, Kilgallon, Rose, Colback, Cattermole, Vaughan, McClean, Saha, Sessegnon. Subs: Mignolet, Campbell, Wickham, Ji, Johnson, Fletcher, Egan.

    Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

  135. 1940: 

    Everton boss David Moyes, speaking on Sky Sports: "It is going to be a tough, tough game. Coming here for any competition is a hard game for any team - tonight will be no different. But we go into every competition trying to win it, I have never gone into any not thinking that way. But when you are playing other teams who have the same mindset it isn't easy. But we will do everything to get through tonight."


    Omar Mahamed on Twitter: "Really, really hope that Romeu shows to Di Matteo that he is more reliable than Mikel. Mikel is a wee bit slower in his passing"

    Tom Brown on Twitter: "The difference a year can make. Going from defensive with McLeish to optimistic with Lambert. He knows how to please!"

    Andrew McFarlane on Twitter: "FACT: Chelsea are starting Torres because Sturridge is injured and they have no-one else. Nothing to do with confidence etc."

  137. 1935: 
    LINE-UPS- Crawley Town v Swansea

    Crawley Town: Paul Jones, Sadler, Davis, Walsh, Byrne, Adams, Bulman, Akpan, Simpson, Clarke, Forte. Subs: Kuipers, Davies, Connolly, Torres, Alexander, Hunt, Ajose.

    Swansea: Tremmel, Davies, Ki, Monk, Tiendalli, Britton, Gower, Michu, Routledge, Moore, Richards. Subs: Cornell, Tate, Graham, Situ, Lucas, Alfei, Donnelly.

    Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

  138. 1935: 

    Louis Saha will make his first Sunderland start against MK Dons tonight. Manager Martin O'Neill has dropped Steven Fletcher to the bench to make way for Saha, a summer signing from Tottenham. David Meyler, Matt Kilgallon and David Vaughan have also come in, with Keiren Westwood starting in goal. MK Dons have made four changes, with a start for former Leeds and Manchester United forward Alan Smith.

  139. 1932: 
    LINE-UPS- Bradford v Burton

    Bradford: Duke, Darby, Davies, McArdle, Meredith, Hines, Gary Jones, Ravenhill, Atkinson, Connell, Thompson. Subs: McLaughlin, Oliver, Reid, Hanson, McHugh, Wells, Doyle.

    Burton Albion: Tomlinson, O'Connor, Stanton, Diamond, McCrory, Dyer, Bell, Weir, Webster, Yussuf, Kee. Subs: Atkins, Corbett, Taylor, Richards, Matthew Palmer, Paterson.

    Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)


    Jordan B, Leeds fan in Goole, via text: "Anyone thinking Leeds can pull off an upset are deluded. Michael Brown vs Fellaini in the middle will be embarrassing to watch. Expect Everton to run riot."

    Dan Phillips, via text: "I can definitely see shocks on the cards at Crawley, Preston and Swindon. Setting up for a great night of Cup action"

  141. 1931: 

    West Ham make nine changes. Only midfielder Mark Noble and forward Ricardo Vaz Te remain from the side that drew with Sunderland at the weekend. Just the seven changes from Wigan. Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi, on loan from Arsenal, and striker Callum McManaman start.

  142. 1930: 
    LINE-UPS- Preston v Middlesbrough

    Preston: Simonsen, Mousinho, Huntington, Cansdell-Sherriff, Laird, Monakana, Wroe, King, Amoo, Beavon, Byrom. Subs: Stuckmann, Cummins, Buchanan, Procter, Welsh, Hayhurst, Wright.

    Middlesbrough: Leutwiler, Parnaby, Hines, McManus, Halliday, Bailey, Smallwood, Arca, Zemmama, Luke Williams, Ledesma. Subs: Ripley, Bikey, Thomson, Emnes, Jutkiewicz, Park, Haroun.

    Referee: K Stroud (Hampshire)


    Colin Fieldhouse on Twitter: "Hope Bradford can keep their unbeaten home form going. Parky looks like he has got his tactics sussed at home."

    Billy Colton on Twitter: "Scott Sinclair can't even get into Man City's league cup team, hope his enjoying all that money on the bench"

    Anonymau5 on Twitter: "Interested to see how Azpilicueta does tonight. Can he bring his Football Manager form to real life?"

  144. 1929: 
    LINE-UPS- Swindon v Burnley

    Swindon: Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, McCormack, Archibald-Henville, McEveley, Ritchie, Navarro, Miller, Roberts, Williams, Benson. Subs: Bedwell, Flint, Ferry, Collins, Bessone, De Vita, Bostock.

    Burnley: Jensen, Trippier, Edgar, Duff, Mee, Mills, Bartley, McCann, Stock, Wallace, Austin. Subs: Grant, Lafferty, Marney, Vokes, O'Neill, Porter, Long.

    Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

  145. 1928: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday

    Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Seaborne, Chaplow, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Do Prado, De Ridder, Rodriguez. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Butterfield, Reeves, Gape, Robinson, Hoskins, Sinclair.

    Sheff Wed: Bywater, Lee, Llera, Beevers, Jones, Pecnik, Semedo, Corry, Antonio, Madine, Maguire. Subs: Jameson, Mayor, O'Grady, Mattock, Jermaine Johnson, Rodri, Lavery.

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)


    Tom Warwick on Twitter: "Azpilicueta, the much hyped Piazon and Moses to start, a look into Chelsea's future tonight"

    Sam Birch on Twitter: "Glad to see Azpilicueta, Romeu and Piazon in the starting line up for Chelsea today. Need to give the kids a chance!"

    Thomas Brookes on Twitter: "Wolves are playing more of their reserve squad than Chelsea!"

  147. 1927: 

    There are six Scottish Communities League Cup third-round ties this evening with Celtic, Dundee United, Hearts and St Johnstone entering the competition at this stage due to their involvement in European qualifiers earlier this season. Celtic host First Division Raith Rovers, another Division One side, Livingston, make the short journey to take on Hearts, Dundee United are Queen of the South's visitors and St Johnstone are at home against Queen's Park. The remaining two ties are Hamilton's trip to Paisley to face St Mirren and Stenhousemuir, victors against last season's League Cup winners Kilmarnock in round two, at home to Highland visitors Inverness. The wet weather across Scotland is likely to play some part in tonight's proceedings and extra-time and penalties will be used if necessary.

  148. 1925: 

    David Moyes makes six changes to the Everton side that beat Swansea 3-0 on Saturday. Victor Anichebe, Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini, Johnny Heitinga and Kevin Mirallas keep their places, while Francisco Junior and Steven Naismith are among the new faces. Leeds manager Neil Warnock makes four changes from the win over Nottingham Forest, with Jamie Ashdown starting in goal and Michael Brown, Aidy White and the transfer-listed Danny Pugh also named in the side. Luciano Becchio has overcome an ankle problem and starts for Leeds.

  149. 1925: 
    LINE-UPS- West Ham v Wigan

    West Ham: Henderson, Spence, Tomkins, McCartney, Potts, Vaz Te, Noble, O'Neil, Hall, Maiga, Jarvis. Subs: Spiegel, Taylor, Collins, Tombides, Fanimo, Driver, McCallum.

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Lopez, Caldwell, Stam, Jones, McArthur, Figueroa, Boselli, Miyaichi, McManaman. Subs: Pollitt, Kone, Watson, Gomez, Boyce, Fyvie, Orsula.

    Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

  150. 1924: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini makes the full 11 changes from the 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Sunday. Strikers Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli lead the attack, while midfielder James Milner plays against his former club. Youngsters Denis Suarez and Abdul Razaq start. Aston Villa make six changes from the team which lost to Southampton. Shay Given is in goal against his ex-club as winger Charles N'Zogbia and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor start. Forward Darren Bent is on the bench.


    Jonny via text: "Balotelli needs a good performance tonight. Hope Mancini bloods some of the promising young talent such as Razak, Suarez and Guidietti if fit to play."

    Aaron via text: "Think Leeds can pull a shock off tonight, show the potential investors what they are missing! MOT!"

    Zac Parker via text: "Surely if City don't win a trophy this season Mancini has to be fired, he just needs to motivate his players to play like they were on the back end of last season!"

  152. 1920: 

    As expected, Southampton make a raft of changes from the side that emphatically beat Aston Villa 4-1 at the weekend. Nine different players come in as the Saints bid to reach the last 16 for the second successive year. Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, are looking for some respite from their league woes, having lost their last four matches in the Championship.

  153. 1920: 
    LINE-UPS- Leeds v Everton

    Leeds: Ashdown, Byram, Lees, Pearce, White, Austin, Tonge, Brown, Pugh, Diouf, Becchio. Subs: Rachubka, Drury, Kisnorbo, Varney, Gray, Thompson, Poleon.

    Everton: Mucha, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Oviedo, Naismith, Fellaini, Junior, Gueye, Mirallas, Anichebe. Subs: Howard, Jagielka, Jelavic, Neville, Pienaar, Vellios, Duffy.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  154. 1920: 

    Middlesbrough should be wary this evening at Deepdale, which has become a League Cup graveyard for Championship sides this season. Huddersfield fell to Boro's opponents Preston in round one, before Crystal Palace suffered a 4-1 thumping. But Tony Mowbray's men picked up their first away league win of the season on their last trip to Lancashire, winning 2-1 at Blackburn on Friday night.


    Tom Warwick on Twitter: "Moses to start today. His big chance to justify the £9m Chelsea paid for him. Is he top 4 standard, or will it be too much?"

    Tim Leverett on Twitter: "Reckon best chance of upsets tonight are by MK Dons & Sheffield Wednesday"

  156. 1915: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Wolves

    Chelsea: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Ramires, Romeu, Piazon, Mata, Torres, Moses. Subs: Hilario, Luiz, Oscar, Mikel, Hazard, Ferreira, Marin.

    Wolverhampton: De Vries, Stearman, Margreitter, Batth, Zubar, Peszko, Edwards, Davis, Hunt, Boukari, Sigurdarson. Subs: Ikeme, Nouble, Jonsson, Forde, Foley, Price, Ismail.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  157. 1915: 
    LINE-UPS- Manchester City v Aston Villa

    Man City: Pantilimon, Nastasic, Toure, Rodwell, Milner, Barry, Kolarov, Razak, Tevez, Balotelli, Suarez. Subs: Wright, Lescott, Dzeko, Sinclair, Scapuzzi, Helan, Evans.

    Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Delph, El Ahmadi, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Guzan, Bent, Albrighton, Bannan, Lichaj, Herd, Baker.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  158. 1915: 

    Martin O'Neill won the League Cup twice as a player with Nottingham Forest and twice as a boss with Leicester. The Sunderland manager's bid to win the trophy for a fifth time sees him face an MK Dons side unbeaten at home in League One, and with a second-round victory over Championship side Blackburn to their name.

  159. 1915: 

    Swindon will be confident of victory against Championship Burnley following their giant-killing exploits in the previous round - Paolo di Canio's side beat Premier League Stoke 4-3 after extra time. Charlie Austin could come back to haunt his old club, however, with the Burnley striker having scored seven goals in eight appearances this season.


    Charlie Fee on Twitter: "I think Crawley and MK Dons will fancy their chances tonight; it's going to be an interesting night that's for sure!"

    Aatman Vora on Twitter: "Mata n Torres start against Wolves! Why would u do that? The nearest I can get to making sense of it is Torres needs confidence"

  161. 1912: 

    Both Bradford and Burton have made impressive starts to their League Two campaigns and will be up for a win which could set them up for a glamour tie and a cash windfall in the next round. Of their seven past meetings, they each have one win apiece with five having been drawn. Penalties?"

    The signs are not good for Wigan. West Ham have not lost at home this season and are unbeaten in their last four games against the Latics - of which they have won three. Wigan have lost the last four times they have drawn fellow Premier League opposition in this competition. They have also lost their last two league games.

  162. 1911: 

    David Moyes is no stranger to plaudits, but silverware has somehow eluded him during his tenure at Goodison Park. The Scot takes his Everton team to Elland Road tonight having made a flying start to their Premier League campaign. Moyes is expected to make some changes but there is a realisation that this competition represents arguably Everton's best chance of ending their 17-year trophy drought.

    The history books will give Leeds some confidence. They have won both of their previous League Cup ties between the sides 4-1 (December 1991 and January 1978) and Neil Warnock's squad will be buoyed by victory against Nottingham Forest at the weekend. Leeds have only reached the fourth round of the competition once in the past ten years (08-09).

  163. 1907: 

    Chelsea are due a good run in the League Cup. Having reached four successive finals in the mid-2000s, the European champions have failed to make it to the last eight since 2008, following defeats to Burnley, Blackburn, Liverpool and Newcastle.

    Wolves stand in their way tonight. The Molineux club have not won at Stamford Bridge since March 1979 but manager Stale Solbakken drew 0-0 on his last visit to West London as manager of FC Copenhagen in the Champions League. Solbakken, whose father is a Chelsea fan, is expected to make up to ten changes to the side that beat Peterborough 2-0 on Saturday to record its third win in six days.


    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "Swansea off the back of two heavy defeats, against Crawley 'cupteam' Town? Can only see one winner here!"

    Aiyesa Dare on Twitter: "Terry playing for Chelsea? Now you'll see the type of mental toughness England is DEFINITELY going to miss"

    Brendan Bennett on Twitter: "Feet up for the night, I love League Cup football! Excitement and anticipation of a shock or two!"

  165. 1904: 

    League One Crawley and Premier League visitors Swansea come into their Capital One Cup game on the back of heavy league defeats last weekend.

    Swansea have Nathan Dyer and Chico Flores suspended, while Israeli international Itay Shechter will not feature as he observes the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. Club skipper Garry Monk is set for his first start of the season after a persistent back injury.

    Crawley have added new loan signing Nathan Byrne to their squad after he joined from Tottenham Hotspur, while Claude Davis and Sergio Torres are available after injury. But midfielder Shaun Cooper is still out with a groin problem.


    Jack O'Neill on Twitter: "I think Leeds could pull off a shock tonight! And I'm not just saying that because I'm a Liverpool fan!"


    Ned via text: "Leeds looked a good side when they came to Cardiff. Every chance of an upset tonight, especially where Warnock's involved."

  168. 1904: 

    This round of League Cup games would do well to beat the last for entertainment value. The average goals per game in round two was 3.80. That included seven at Stoke, six at Yeovil and Leicester and five at Stevenage, Preston, Forest and Everton. So come on then round three, what have you got?

  169. 1900: 

    As expected, Manchester City have made a load of changes for the game with Aston Villa. Roberto Mancini has twisted his whole side, with 11 fresh men taking to the field. Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli aren't the worst replacement strike-force.

    Captain John Terry may not be playing for England anymore but he starts for Chelsea against Wolves. The defender has not trained for the last two days but starts alongside Gary Cahill against Wolves. Victor Moses is given his first start since his £9m move from Wigan.


    Mr. Emberton on Twitter: "I wouldn't call any Man City team put out "weakened""

    A fine point well made Mr Emberton. Let's call it a second first team

  171. 1858: 

    As previously mentioned, there are 10 League Cup games tonight. They are as follows:

    Bradford v Burton, Chelsea v Wolves, Crawley v Swansea, Leeds v Everton, Manchester City v Aston Villa, MK Dons v Sunderland, Preston v Middlesbrough, Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon v Burnley, West Ham v Wigan.

    You can listen to Leeds v Everton on BBC Radio 5 Live, while Manchester City v Aston Villa is on 5 live sports extra.

  172. 1855: 

    Speaking of the weather, the word on the street (or, to be more accurate, on the other end of the phone when we rang round) all the games will be going ahead tonight despite the sky dumping a year's worth of rain on us in a day. No need for the pre-game sprinklers, though.

  173. 1853: 

    With 10 games, weakened teams, motivated underdogs and weather to build an ark for, you've got plenty to get your opinionated teeth into. So why not share what you've got to say with us via Twitter and text? You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball and/or text in on 81111 (UK). Be sure to put your name on the texts, though.

  174. 1849: 

    Yes, it is the League Cup third round, the point when the European competitors make their bow.

    With 18 Premier League clubs still in the competition (half of whom play tonight) we're sure to see plenty of reserves and more than a handful of youth. But that certainly shouldn't be a reason to dismiss the evening's entertainment. Quite the opposite. After all, it opens up the potential for upsets. Lovely, lovely upsets.

  175. 1845: 

    In an age of ever-broadening wealth gaps, the list of clubs who can realistically win the Premier League has rapidly shrunk to the extent you can count them on one hand... with at least a finger to spare.

    With one of the three major domestic trophies out of reach, it seems crazy then that so many clubs choose to treat the League Cup with such apathy. OK, so it doesn't have the romance and history of the FA Cup and it's had more names than Beijing but it's still a shiny pot to drink champagne out of. That's why they gave it three handles.

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