League Cup football as it happened

Live text commentary as Chelsea defeat Man Utd 5-4 in the Capital One Cup, while there are also wins for Norwich and Swansea.

31 October 2012 Last updated at 23:00

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  1. 2300: 

    That is it from me. You can join Chris Bevan and myself on Saturday for the day's Premier League action, which has plenty to live up after this week's League Cup thrill-fest. Now go stick on a John Carpenter film and enjoy the rest of Halloween. I'll see thee.

  2. 2257: 

    If you missed any of tonight's action - and once again there was plenty of it - you can catch all the reports and reaction on this very website. Maybe read them while you're chewing on your bounty from tonight's trick or treating. Hopefully you'll have bagged a few white mice and cola bottles and none of those revolting parma violets.


    Leo in London, via text: "Re Greg Weston - Watch Brian McDermott's post-match interview and then tell me managers care so little if they go out."

    From Sean, via text: "Bradford will be rubbing their hands at that. Arsenal conceded 5 against Reading let's not forget. Got a real chance."

  4. 2253: 

    More from Roberto Di Matteo: "It's not been the easiest few days we have had but we wanted to show tonight that Sunday's game was heavily influenced by the officials."

  5. 2251: 

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo: "Leeds and Chelsea have a bit of history so it should be an interesting game. It is a good feel factor when you win. I thought it was a very exciting game. We played well and had a lot of chances. We could have finished off the game sooner than we did. The boys showed they have fantastic character.

    "Jon Mikel Obi and Juan Mata, who was magnificent, were in the right frame of mind to play."

    Do you back Chelsea's complaint? "There's an investigation going on so we don't make any comment right now."


    Happy from Stockton on Twitter: "Boros 12th away league cup draw on the trot. 350 miles away on a tuesday night. Thank you god"

    Mark Woodley on Twitter: "Paul Lambert must've been dreading the visit to one team this season. Now he's going to have to go there twice!"

    Sam Rudd on Twitter: "Arsenal to go in at half 10 - 0 down vs. Bradford, fightback to win the game 15 - 13 AET. You heard it here first."

  7. 2248: 

    It is going to be an interesting trip for Paul Lambert in the last eight as he takes his Aston Villa side back to old club Norwich. I'm sure the City fans are already planning a warm welcome.

  8. 2246: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "Nani tried to beat a player, lost the ball and we've got a penalty against us. I don't know if it was a penalty or not but at that point think the young players started to feel it. If you are winning 3-2 in the final seconds of the game then you should see it out. Nani is an individual. He wants to beat men and we are not going to discourage that. Some of our football was terrific. Ryan Giggs played the full game and he is 39 next month. He is an example to all the players on that pitch, including the Chelsea players."

  9. 2244: 

    And what a night it is going to be for the Bradford fans when Arsenal visit. It is a fitting reward for City's superb efforts in the tournament this season.

  10. 2241: 

    I suspect it's going to be a tasty affair at Elland Road when Chelsea come to town. I wonder what Ken Bates makes of that?

  11. 2240: 

    Leeds United v Chelsea

    Swansea v Middlesbrough

    Norwich v Aston Villa

    Bradford v Arsenal

  12. 2236: 

    Here we go. Draw time...


    Lee Crone on Twitter: "Who ever calls the Capital one cup the 'micky mouse cup' is crazy don't get goals and drama like this in the champions league!"

    Luke Milligan on Twitter: "Of course, come February's final, we will all have the pleasure of witnessing a 0-0 draw between #Arsenal and #Chelsea."

    Greg Weston on Twitter: "Everyone gushing over drama in the league cup must remember it's only happening because managers care so little if they go out."

  14. 2233: 

    Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge: "It was important we came out with the right attitude and we tried to put a smile on the fans faces again. I'm delighted I scored but I know I need to be sharper. It's always good to start games and I'm really happy the manager gave me an opportunity. It was a great game to play in. I saw the Arsenal game last night and it was hard to match that one but we came close to it."


    From Steve Kerplunk in Sussex, via text: "Just give the final to Arsenal and Chelsea now. They've earned it!"

    Danny Leeds fan, via text: "We want Norwich. Show Howson, Snoddy and Johnson who's the better team!!"

  16. 2227: 

    So, your eight teams for the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup are Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Norwich, Swansea, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Bradford. That equates to five Premier League clubs, two from the Championship and one from League Two.


    Glen from West Yorkshire, via text: "Who wants Bradford City?"

  18. 2223: 

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: "We put in a great performance. We just needed about 10 minutes to get into the game. We produced some great passing football and at other times counter-attacking football. I'm very pleased and happy because to win against Liverpool at Anfield is a big achievement."

  19. 2222: 

    League Cup quarter-final draw coming up. Stick around.

  20. 2222: 

    It seems churlish of me to even hint at a complaint considering the football we've seen over the last two days, but I'm pretty sure the Capital One Cup will end me this season. My fingers look like 20-year old dog toys.

  21. 2219: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Swansea were brighter than us. In the first half, we were to slow and ponderous. We introduced Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard and that gave us great impetus but we gave a way a disappointing second goal. Overall, I thought the best team won. We created chances but we have to finish them. There are no complaints from us."


    Matthew Merrett on Twitter: "Some awesome matches in this round of the capital one cup, can we have this more often please?"

    Mathew Bowley on Twitter: "The last 2 games I've watched there's been a goal on average every 11.43 mins (21 in 240 mins) not bad!"

    Simon Richardson on Twitter: "So, Arsenal, Reading, Man United and Chelsea produced 21 goals in 2 games in a 24 hour period. Astonishing."

  23. 2216: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United
  24. 2215: 

    Eden Hazard comes within a whisker of definitely ending the game but he strikes the base of the post with a shot following a breakaway.

  25. 2213: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United - Ryan Giggs

    Unbeliveably (or maybe not in this season's League Cup) this game is back on as Ryan Giggs tucks in the penalty. Two minutes of added time left.

  26. 2212: 
    PENALTY- Manchester United

    We're not finished just yet. Cesar Azpilicueta bundles into the back of Javier Hernandez and Lee Mason points to the spot.


    Andy from Cannock, via text: "Sorry but no sympathy at all for the defence except Rafael. Disgusted by the way they capitulated after Wootens mistakes. Either sit together as a unit or get off the pitch."

    Lee, Manchester, via text: "Think the benches say a lot tonight. Utds says if it doesnt go our way then blood youngsters. Chelseas says if it doesnt go our way we will throw on the big guns. Its worked in the end for chelsea but 4-5 first teamers have played 120 mins more than utds."

    Andrew, Morpeth, via text: "Wootten has a hairdressers appointment with Fergusons hairdryer"

  28. 2209: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 5-3 Manchester United - Ramires

    Chelsea land the killer blow on the counter-attack as a number of home players break and Eden Hazard beats a couple of men before laying off for Ramires to round Anders Lindegaard and finish into the empty net. The goalscorer sums it all up by carving the air with his arms. This tie is over. Chelsea are heading for the last eight.

  29. 2208: 

    One of our readers RT Pollard has gone to the trouble of emailing me in person to point out why the Michael Keane handball (you might remember that during the 90 minutes) wasn't a penalty.

    "Please note that the law on handball is very clear. It has to be deliberate handball. It is irrelevant if the ball hits an arm and thus prevents a goal opportunity."

    That's me told.

  30. 2206: 

    Victor Moses should just have settled the game at Stamford Bridge. He darts behind the Manchester United defence to collect a Daniel sturridge lofted pass but dwells slightly before firing a low shot that Anders Lindegaard saves.

  31. 2205: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:

    "The final whistle was met by boos in some quarters of Anfield but the Swansea fans are still celebrating a famous victory away to my left. They were undeniably the better side tonight and the 3,000 or so travelling fans made sure Brendan Rodgers knew how much they enjoyed this at the final whistle. Liverpool desperately wanted to win this, as shown by the introduction of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling. But the holders are out and they can't really grumble after that performance."

  32. 2204: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Hearts triumph 5-4 on penalties to complete the semi-final line-up. Celtic, Hearts, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Mirren will all be in the pot on Thursday week.


    Davey Jay on Twitter: "Feel sorry for Wooten and Keane, both have made costly mistakes but they've had good periods tonight, against tough opposition."

    Bishop on Twitter: "Oh! What has Anfield turn to? A place once scared to visit by all clubs in the country has now turned to beating yard for Red"

    CJ on Twitter: "Ryan Giggs is just abnormal,how many 38 almost 39 year old players do you see run up and down a pitch for a 120mins"

  34. 2201: 

    That goal has clearly given Daniel Sturridge plenty of confidence. He cuts in from the right and curls a shot just over the crossbar.

  35. 2159: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:

    "How on earth have Norwich won this? Spurs looked comfortable until the 80th minute, when the Canaries came to life. It's a first League Cup quarter final in almost 18 years for Norwich. Bt Tottenham will rue a host of missed chances."

  36. 2158: 
    Former Republic of Ireland keeper Dean Kiely on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "Swansea were certainly deserving of their win. I've thoroughly enjoyed this game. The game was full of quality and great players making good decisions. Swansea had that extra quality for me and more attacking options."

  37. 2158: 

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "We showed great character to come back, we changed the system, went for it and got the breaks when we needed them."

  38. 2158: 
    HALF-TIME - EXTRA-TIME- Chelsea 4-3 Manchester United
  39. 2157: 

    In the final act of the first half of extra time, David Luiz smashes a 25-yard free-kick against the crossbar.

  40. 2157: 

    There will plenty of Chelsea fans who will say Michael Keane should not be on the pitch right now, especially after the Branislav Ivanovic incident on Sunday. Daniel Sturridge is through on goal in pursuit of a ball forward but is dragged down by the United defender. Lee Mason is lenient, though, and only shows a yellow card.


    Kris on Twitter: "Wootton earth is he doing?"

    Alex Batt on Twitter: "Capital One Cup....Making defenders look poor since 30th October!"

  42. 2154: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 1-3 Swansea
  43. 2152: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-3 Swansea - Jonathan de Guzman

    That is game over. Swansea capitalise on Liverpool's commitment to attack as Michu has all the space he needs to cross low into the box for the sliding Jonathan de Guzman to prod home. The holders are on their way out.

  44. 2152: 

    We are into five minutes of injury time at Anfield. Do Liverpool have anything left to force an equaliser against Swansea?

  45. 2151: 

    It is kicking off now at Stamford Bridge as Oscar and Nani square up after a tangle following a tackle by the Brazilian. Both get a talking to and a booking from Lee Mason, who has had a good game.

  46. 2150: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle are through after a resounding 3-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox. It's penalties at Tannadice after the game finished 1-1, the big question is will Rudi Skacel who signed for Dundee United last week take one against his former team? He's wearing the number 51 jersey to commemorate Hearts' 5-1 Scottish Cup final win over Hibs in May.

  47. 2148: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 4-3 Manchester United - Daniel Sturridge

    Chelsea lead for the first time. And it has been handed to them on a plate by another defensive error. Scott Wootten has had a nightmare in the last 10 minutes. He gave away the penalty that led to Chelsea's equaliser and now his awful header gifts the ball to Daniel Sturridge, who has had a poor game but makes no mistake in rounding Anders Lindegaard and finishing into the empty net.

  48. 2147: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:

    "Some Liverpool fans are starting to head for the exits - you think they might have learned a thing or two from last night. Swansea are clinging on as Liverpool desperately push for an equaliser. Swansea are still value for their 2-1 lead. Remember they have never reached the last eight of the League Cup."


    Dan Barnes on Twitter: "If Sturridge is going to be good enough for England he needs to stop shooting from ridiculous places and look up!"

    Robin Van Nistelrooy on Twitter: "I think I've fallen in love...With something called the Capital One Cup. Heard of it?"

  50. 2144: 

    Big chances for Daniel Sturridge right at the start of extra-time. Anders Lindegaard initially commits to chasing out to the edge of the area in pursuit of the ball but Sturridge is there first. However, the Chelsea striker can only swing his shot into Lindegaard's arms after the keeper had retreated. Soon after, a cross from Eden Hazard finds Sturridge in the box but he dwells and Manchester United are able to clear.

  51. 2143:  
    David Pleat on Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "Both teams have gone for it in the second half, and there was lots of goalmouth action. It's been a delight."

  52. 2140: 

    The extra 30 minutes is back under way at Stamford Bridge. I'm not even going to try and predict what's going to happen.


    Matt from Skeg, via text: "Chelsea do have a near full strength side on the field now. I would expect them to win this game. If they don't they should hang their heads in shame."

    Andy, Cannock, via text: "Two penalties and a really badly defended corner. Hairdryer time. Without Ando though, cant see United grabbing another."

  54. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 2-1 Tottenham
  55. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United
  56. 2136: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United - Eden Hazard

    Wow! You just cannot keep this season's League Cup quiet. Eden Hazard makes no mistake with a superb penalty low down the middle. Cool as you like. It is also the last kick of the game.

  57. 2135: 
    PENALTY- Chelsea

    Would you believe it?! Another twist at Stamford Bridge as Scott Wootton bundles clumsily into Ramires in the box.

  58. 2135: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-2 Swansea - Luis Suarez

    Game back on at Anfield. Steven Gerrard swings in a free-kick and Luis Suarez heads Liverpool back into contention for a quarter-final spot with about 10 minutes to go.

  59. 2135: 

    Just seconds to go now at both Stamford Bridge and Carrow Road. Manchester United look to have done enough to book their place in the last eight, while Mark Bunn's penalty save looks to have secured Norwich's progression.

  60. 2131: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Tottenham - Clint Dempsey

    American Clint Dempsey looks confidetn enough as he strides up to take his spot-kick but hits it poorly, giving Mark Bunn chance to dive to his left and push the ball away before a City team-mate completes the clearance.

  61. 2130: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-1 Swansea - Nathan Dyer

    That could be game over at Anfield. Liverpool are on the attack but this breaks down and in a flash Swansea are down the other end with Pablo Hernandez supplying the pass for Nathan Dyer to double the Swans lead. There is just under 15 minutes to go and the home side have a mountain to climb to avoid crashing out.

  62. 2130: 
    PENALTY- Tottenham

    Hmm, was it or wasn't it, certainly Norwich defender Marc Tierney thinks so, making dive gestures, but then again he has just been found guilty of bringing down Kyle Walker.

  63. 2128: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-1 Tottenham - Simeon Jackson (87 mins)

    Unbelievable! Norwich have completely turned this around. Grant Holt has not been on long but in his brief time on the pitch he has caused Spurs all sorts of problems. He gets his head on a cross from the left and plants a header towards goal that Hugo Lloris can only push out for Simeon Jackson to lash in.

  64. 2128: 

    Pablo Hernandez and Michu have shots saved by Liverpool keeper Brad Jones before a Nathan Dyer strike is blocked by a lunging Jamie Carragher tackle as Swansea go close to a second. Moments later, Ashley Williams heads a chance wide for Swansea.

  65. 2127: 
    Former Republic of Ireland keeper Dean Kiely on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "The rebound from Steven Gerrard's shot pops up a little bit awkward for Steward Downning but you'd still hope he would have sent his effort goalwards."

  66. 2124: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Inverness are surely into the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time in their history. They lead 3-0 at Ibrox with around five minutes to play. It's approaching half-time in extra time between Dundee United and Hearts, still no separating the teams - 1-1.

  67. 2125: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-1 Tottenham - Jan Vertonghen og (84 mins)

    Norwich could well have just sent this game to extra-time. A corner is swung over and Jan Vertonghen can only get the ball half-clear with a header before Alexander Tettey blasts a shot back that deflects off the Belgian and diverts inside the post.

  68. 2124: 

    How have Liverpool not scored?! Steven Gerrard blasts a shot that Gerhard Tremmel pushes on to the post and the ball comes back out for Stewart Downing, who... well, lets just say it wasn't pretty. To be kind, the net was there to be hit and Downing failed to achieve this.


    Ted from Bournemouth: "Oh dear, Swansea with more possession, more attempts and playing Liverpool off the park. Stevie G will be giving them a hell of a slating in the press later for 'long ball tactics'!!"

  70. 2121: 

    Just under 15 minutes to go at Stamford Bridge and Carrow Road. As it stands, Manchester United and Tottenham are heading for the last eight. Meanwhile, at Anfield, Swansea lead 1-0 with just under 30 minutes left.

  71. 2118: 

    Chelsea continue to plug away in search of another equaliser and Victor Moses fires low but straight into the arms of Anders Lindegaard.

  72. 2116: 

    Is that a penalty at Stamford Bridge? Juan Mata tries to chip a ball in and it strikes Michael Keane on the arm in the box. The United defender was very close but you have to say that his arm was the key part in denying the home side a chance.

  73. 2117: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:

    "Tottenham fans are singing about going to Wembley. Norwich would be happy to get into the Spurs half. That said, Jonny Howson just forced a fine save out of Hugo Lloris, maybe they can build on that."


    qa3bool on Twitter: "It would be a crime if United fail to win this match. They have been the much better side this evening with 2nd string side"

    K321 on Twitter: "If Nani and Ando wanted to make a point to Fergie, it has been well and truly made in my view. Both playing great"

  75. 2111: 

    Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey brilliantly curls a cross into the Swansea box with the outside of his foot and Luis Suarez heads high.

  76. 2111: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:

    "So much has changed at Liverpool in the 12 and a bit years since a young boy from Huyton made his debut but one thing remains constant - when the team in red is in trouble they send for Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool captain, along with Luis Suarez, have made an immediate impact and the speed of the game has gone up a notch or two, as has the atmosphere inside this famous old stadium. Swansea still lead 1-0."

  77. 2110: 

    Another chance for Manchester United but Javier Hernandez wastes it. Ryan Giggs cuts across the edge of the area, squares the ball to Anderson, but his shot is blocked and when it falls to the Mexican he blazes over the top.

  78. 2109: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Rangers are struggling at home to Inverness. They are now 2-0 behind, and the highlanders are certainly looking the more likely. Dundee United and Hearts are heading for extra-time after finishing the 90 tied 1-1, Hearts however are down to 10 men.


    Mark, Birmingham, via text: "Is that Anderson with 3 assists? Is it that time of year when he looks to be finally showing his ability before getting injured?

    Matt in Leicester via text: "Anderson needs to get in the team more, thats all three assists. He is more creative than carrick and cleverley!"

    George in Nottingham via text: "Anderson 3 assists! Fergie please please please take note!"

  80. 2108: 
    GOAL- Norwich 0-1 Tottenham - Gareth Bale (66 mins)

    It is not a big surprise to see Tottenham take the lead - they have been the better side - and it is also no shock to see Gareth Bale get it, as he has been the best player on the pitch. He cuts in from the left and fires a superb low drive into the bottom corner of the net from outside the box. The new dad celebrates with a Bebeto-style cradling.

  81. 2108: 

    Chelsea are within a yard of making it 3-3 at Stamford Bridge as Victor Moses is given loads of space to get his head on the ball in the box but his effort goes just over the bar. It is more shocking defending and Moses should have scored.

  82. 2107: 

    Oh, if Steve Morison's first touch had been better there it would have been spelt danger for Spurs, but the striker's heavy boot as he looks to dart in down the right gives Hugo Lloris chance to come out and claim.

  83. 2106: 

    Good chance for Liverpool as Jonjo Shelvey is played in by Joe Allen but the midfielder's shot is fired over the bar.

  84. 2104: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Liverpool 0-1 Swansea
  85. 2103: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool - Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez for Joe Cole and Samed Yesil
  86. 2104: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:

    "Norwich seem to be getting deeper and deeper, while Tottenham are getting closer and closer to a breakthrough. Each defensive clearance by the Canaries is greeted with cheers from the home support - I guess they've got to cheer something."

  87. 2101: 

    Another chance for Spurs, who are starting to turn the screw a little. This time it is Yago Falque who goes close for the London club with a long-range strike that Mark Bunn saves.

  88. 2100: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United - Nani

    The game at the Bridge takes another twisty, turny, twisty turn. It is a cracking goal as well as Nani plays a one-two with Anderson to get into a shooting chance before dinking a lovely little chip over the advancing Petr Cech and in. It is 3-2 again between these two. And you suspect more is to come.


    Canice Obi Fab on Twitter: "Cahill has scored 5 goals now the same amount torres has also scored. You would think both were strikers. Shame on torres"

    AJHB on Twitter: "About to enter November and Gary Cahill has more goals than Rooney, Aguero, Cisse and Adebayor. Wish I'd put money on that"

  90. 2058: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Eden Hazard for Lucas Piazon

    Will, Liverpool fan, via text: "Nick Powell looks a real talent already. Excites me as an England supporter, but annoys me as a 'pool fan."

    Adam, Devon, via text: "Azpili.... Azpilac...... Azpilic.....the Spanish guy at right back looks a good player."

  92. 2057: 

    A decent chance for Tottenham 10 minutes into the second half sees Gareth Bale smash a shot on target from an angle. However, Mark Bunn does well to save. Still 0-0 at Carrow Road.

  93. 2054: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United - Gary Cahill (52 mins)

    Chelsea are level. Gary Cahill meets Juan Mata's corner with a powerful header and the ball crosses the line before Rafael can head away. For a moment I thought we were about to have some more of that did it/didn't it cross the line, video technology shenanigans. But no, it was definitely over.

  94. 2053: 

    Nick Powell's introduction in place of Alexander Buttner means he comes into the midfield, with Darren Fletcher moving to right-back and Rafael sliding across to left-back. Just so you know.

  95. 2053: 

    That is bizarre. Manchester United completely switch off from a corner and leave Daniel Sturridge in acres of space. The ball is delivered to him but he can only flick it past the far post. He had more time than he realised.

  96. 2052: 

    Great play by Daniel Sturridge. Equally great play by Rafael. The Chelsea striker darts past a man down the right and shapes to shoot but the Manchester United man denies him with a strong sliding tackle.

  97. 2049: 

    Neat play from Norwich at the start of the second half sees Sean Morison lay a chance on for Andrew Surman with a neat pass into the box but the midfielder is denied by a sliding Tottenham body.

  98. 2049: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:

    "Jeers greet the half-time whistle at Anfield - the home supporters are not a happy lot. Swansea have given Liverpool something of a footballing lesson in the opening 45 minutes. They lead by a single goal but might have been further ahead with a little more composure in front of goal. Brendan Rodgers' current side are being out played by the team he built. Liverpool have looked ruderless in midfield and lacking firepower in attack. All credit to Swansea."

  99. 2047: 

    The matches at Stamford Bridge and Carrow Road are back under way.

  100. 2047: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham - Tom Huddlestone for Jake Livermore
  101. 2047: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 0-1 Swansea
  102. 2046: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United - Nick Powell for Alex Buttner
  103. 2047: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Ramires for Jon Mikel Obi

    Will, London, via text: "When will David Luiz learn, that he is not actually messi in disguise and cannot take the whole of the opposition on. Costs Chelsea a goal again.... Nice penalty though."

    Nick, via text: "It is Norwich beer festival this week too, better value for money than watching Norwich reserves."

  105. 2045: 
    Former Republic of Ireland keeper Dean Kiely on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "Swansea 's Pablo Hernandez and Michu are combining well. They have produced some good combination play and it's what Liverpool are lacking. Samed Yesil and Joe Cole aren't really doing that for the home side."

  106. 2042: 

    Stewart Downing looks to fashion something for Liverpool by weaving about in the box before firing a shot wide of goal. He wants a corner. He ain't going to get one, though.

  107. 2041: 
    Former Norwich striker Dean Ashton on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Norwich have just sat back and let Tottenham play and that's been disappointing from the home side's point of view. Norwich manager Chris Hughton may make a change if things don't change."

  108. 2040: 
    Scottish Communities League Cup latest

    Half time at Ibrox and Inverness lead 1-0 thanks to that Andrew Shinnie goal. In Dundee, it's anyone's guess as to which team will find them themselves in next Thursday's draw. Both team's have had chances in the second half. That game is still 1-1.

  109. 2039: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:

    "It has been coming and Swansea thoroughly deserve their lead. "Red men, what's the score? Red men, Red men, what's the score?," is the chant from the away end - the Kop is not amused. The truth is that one team is playing the Brendan Rodgers way at Anfield but it isn't Liverpool. Swansea have pinged the ball around the hallowed turf with tremendous control and technique for the past 20 minutes with Michu at the heart of everything. They could be further ahead."

  110. 2039:  
    David Pleat on Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "It's a game that has simmered but it hasn't been overly exciting. Manchester United's midfield were in control early on, the likes of Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs and Anderson are all experienced. The two goals have both come from awful mistakes from Chelsea but neither goalkeeper has been brought into action too much."


    Nick Langridge on Twitter: "Zombie like football from Chelsea, Romeu looks like he has just risen from the dead."

    Jay Hill on Twitter: "If Spurs like Hughton so much, they can have him back.. he has done nothing for Norwich!"

    Robbie Devenney on Twitter: "What time is it for Liverpool? It's Chico time! Sorry I will go sit in the corner and shut up now."

    Come over and join me in shame corner Robbie

  112. 2036: 

    Liverpool have a big chance to level straight away against Swansea but Joe Cole's free header in the box is directed straight into the arms of Gerhard Tremmel.

  113. 2035: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:

    "Norwich look like they're partaking in a defensive exercise on the training pitch. Spurs have had all the ball and the Canaries have done a lot of chasing. Clint Dempsey and Gareth Bale in particular have looked lively - but they've yet to breakdown a stubborn Norwich side who could start to feel the frustration of the crowd if they don't become more adventurous in the second half."

  114. 2034: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-1 Swansea - Chico (34 mins)

    It's Chico time at Anfield as the Swansea defender rises highest to head home Jonathan de Guzman's corner from the right. To be fair, it is no less than they deserve, the Swans have been the better side.

  115. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United
  116. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Tottenham
  117. 2032: 

    The Swansea players are rowing between themselves at Anfield. A quick break sees the ball fed wide and crossed for Jonathan de Guzman, who chips over the bar from inside the box. Michu, who was hoping for a cutback lets his team-mate know exactly how he feels with an arm-waving rage-a-thon. De Guzman gives him some back as well.

  118. 2029: 

    Liverpool winger Stewart Downing strikes a long range shot which Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel shovels away in awkward fashion from his bottom corner.

  119. 2027: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United - Javier Hernandez (43 mins)

    Manchester United lead again and it is another Chelsea error to partly gift it to them. David Luiz gives the ball away and Anderson capitalises by finding Javier Hernandez and the Mexican makes no mistake with a neat finish after a short run into the box. That Chicharito, he just loves a goal against Chelsea.

  120. 2027: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:

    "A chorus of "one Chrissy Hughton" goes up. Except it's from the fans of his former club Tottenham, rather than the team he currently manages, Norwich. Quite odd."

  121. 2026: 

    Chance for Swansea at Anfield as Pablo Hernandez is in on goal but is denied at the last by Jamie Carragher's tackle. The visitors looking the more dangerous of the two sides at the moment.

  122. 2025: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:

    "Both sets of fans stand and applaud as chants of 'stand up for the 96' ring around Anfield. On the field, Swansea have really come back into this game, creating three half chances in the past eight minutes that represent the best of the night so far. Liverpool, for all their possession, still lack that cutting edge. Doesn't look like we will be having a 12-goal thriller at Anfield tonight. Hope I am wrong."

  123. 2024: 

    Gareth Bale is involved in pretty much everything at Carrow Road, good and bad. This is the latter as he slides in and catches Marc Tierney to earn himself a booking.

  124. 2022: 

    Norwich simply can't get to grips with Gareth Bale. The Tottenham winger cuts in from the right and finds space for a shot but his effort goes just past the post, clipping the side-netting on its way past.


    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "Buttner looks like a massive liability. He fits perfectly into United's patchy backline"

  126. 2018: 
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    We're almost underway again at Tannadice, where Dundee United and Hearts are tied 1-1. Former Rangers player Andrew Shinnie has given Inverness the lead at Ibrox. There's about 30 minutes gone there.

  127. 2018:  
    David Pleat on Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "David Luiz attacked the ball with some pace and he gave Anders Lindegaard no chance. No question about it, it was a clear penalty."

  128. 2018: 

    Former Republic of Ireland keeper Dean Kiely on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Swansea have felt their way into the game. That ball from Ashley Williams out of defence for Nathan Dyer would have put him through but his touch was too heavy."

  129. 2015: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United - David Luiz (31 mins)

    David Luiz charges at the ball like it has just stolen his wallet and smashes it past Anders Lindegaard. The keeper got a touch but he wasn't stopping it.

  130. 2015: 
    PENALTY- Chelsea

    Alex Buttner trips Victor Moses in the box. It is a penalty, no doubt.

  131. 2015: 

    The loudest noise from the Norwich fans all night is one to mock the Spurs supporters, who think Gareth Bale has scored. He didn't, he hit the side netting with a first-time shot from close range.


    Mark G on Twitter: "Chelsea may have an brilliant starting XI but tonight is illustrating the outstanding strength in depth Man Utd have."

    Mathieu on Twitter: "Scarily bad defending. Romeu is going to be having nightmares after his mistake lead to such a cheap ghoul like that!"

  133. 2013: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:

    "The pattern of play has been established in the first 10 minutes at Anfield, it seems, and that involves Liverpool having something of a monopoly when it comes to possession. There have been chants of 'there's only one Brendan Rodgers' from the Kop, applauded by the Swansea fans. While Joe Allen has been clapped when he has had the ball - no hint of animosity towards the Swansea old boys. Not yet anyway. Still 0-0."

  134. 2012: 

    Norwich's turn to have an effort on goal at Carrow Road. A corner is swung to the back post where Steve Morison is lurking but he plants his header straight into the grateful arms of Hugo Lloris.

  135. 2011:  
    David Pleat on Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "Things seem to be going against Chelsea but once again I would support the referee, Lee Mason, there. John Obi Mikel did catch Danny Welbeck, it was a smart half-turn away from the Chelsea player."


    Baz, Mansfield, via text: "All the teams involved tonight have reputations for playing with the ball to feet. I doubt if they will be pumpkin it long from the back."

    Sean, Norwich, via text: "The club asked for the empty seats with the rip off prices for tonight. They stuck by the pricing too after a lot of complaints. We've voted with our feet."

  137. 2010: 

    At Anfield, Joe Cole has seen a shot deflected wide of goal for Liverpool. You all remember Joe Cole right?

  138. 2009: 

    Tottenham are starting to hit their stride now. Gareth Bale charges forward before sliding a pass through for Clint Dempsey, but his shot beats the crossbar by a yard or two.

  139. 2008: 
    Former Republic of Ireland keeper Dean Kiely on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "Liverpool and Swansea pass the ball through the thirds. They are both feeling each other out at the moment and I expect this to develop into a really good game."

  140. 2006: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United - Ryan Giggs (22 mins)

    Manchester United lead at Stamford Bridge again and the home side have absolutely gifted it to them. Petr Cech's short kick out is ill advised and allows Anderson to nick the ball off Oriol Romeu. The Brazilian then finds Ryan Giggs, who strokes the ball low into the corner of the net.


    Manchester United almost create problems for themselves as firstly Rafael and then a succession of his team-mates fail to clear a cross from the right. However, Oriol Romeu pulls his shot from 25 yards well wide of the goal.

  142. 2004:  
    David Pleat on Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "Lucas Piazon is an inside left was signed from Brazil for £8m so he's no baby. I've just noticed in the games I've seen him play this season that he does turn the other cheek if things go against him and becomes uninterested."

  143. 2003: 

    Gareth Bale unleashes Tottenham's first effort on goal as he curls a shot on target from the edge of the area. Mark Bunn has an easy job to catch the ball, though.

  144. 2002: 
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    It's 1-1 and approaching half-time between Dundee United and Hearts. Third Division Rangers and SPL Inverness is goalless. That tie is around 15 minutes old.

  145. 2001: 
    Former Norwich striker Dean Ashton on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Norwich look more like the away side because Tottenham have had most of the possession. But neither team has got to grips with the game and created any real chances."

  146. 2001: 

    Liverpool v Swansea is under way.

  147. 2000: 

    Danny Welbeck's first real look-in at Stamford Bridge sees him line up a shot from outside the area but fire it straight into the arms of home keeper Petr Cech. After the fireworks of Sunday it has been a relatively quiet start here.

  148. 1959: 

    First opening of the game at Carrow Road as Spurs give the ball away and Steve Morison is put through. He dallies though and the chance is gone.

  149. 1957: 

    The first booking at the Bridge sees Chelsea's Oriol Romeu go into the book for a trip on Darren Fletcher.

  150. 1956: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:

    "Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll - making only his ninth first-team appearance - may be 20 years old, but he looks about 12. He's tiny. Wants the ball a lot mind and looks useful on it too."

  151. 1955:  
    David Pleat on Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "That was a glorious curling cross by Victor Moses, it's a shame that Daniel Sturridge could not control it."


    Paul from Guildford, via text: "Re: 1943. Fingertips get a lot colder than forearms. FACT."

    Ask for answers and you will receive

  153. 1953: 

    Bit embarrassing for Daniel Sturridge, who is given a chance to shoot in the box courtesy of a superb curling forward pass from Victor Moses, but stumbles over the ball and hits the deck. To be fair, it was a great tackle by the round thing.

  154. 1951: 

    Nothing to report yet from Carrow Road. However, the Tottenham fans have been quick to tear into the home fans with a chant of "Your ground's too big for you". It does look like a lot of Canaries supporters have opted to boost their sweet supplies tonight instead of watching football.

  155. 1949: 

    Another Chelsea effort sees David Luiz blast a shot well, well wide from distance.

  156. 1948: 

    Chelsea push forward for their first real attack but Lucas Piazon cannot connect with a header at the back post from Cesar Azpil.. Azpili... *cuts and pastes* Azpilicueta's cross.

  157. 1946: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:

    "The visiting Tottenham fans are numerous and in fine singing form. They swell the away section in the Jarrold Stand here. They were briefly drowned out by Norwich's traditional rendition of On The Ball City - the oldest football song in the universe, it is claimed."

  158. 1945: 

    And we are off in two of the night's three League Cup games.

  159. 1943: 

    The teams are on the way out at Stamford Bridge. Nani, at the back of the Man Utd line, dons a pair of gloves. He is also wearing a short-sleeved shirt. No, I don't get it either.

  160. 1941: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:

    "Swansea have brought a fantastic travelling support tonight. It's Halloween, of course, so there are more than a few fancy dress outfits on show. Although I have to say I am a little baffled by the four Swansea fans who are sitting in the Anfield Road end of the ground tonight all dressed as cows - udders and all. Certainly more of a trick than a treat - answers on a postcard please."

  161. 1939: 

    Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo: "I always speak to my players and they are ok to play. It's true we are taking this competition seriously, we have some suspensions and a few injuries and it's a chance to refresh the team a little bit because we played with nine men on Sunday so we spent a lot of energy."

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "I don't think [Sunday's result] will make any difference at all. It's two different teams and it's a cup tie. Javier Hernandez was always going to play, his form has been fantastic and he has benefited from a summer break which he hasn't had for three years."


    Ed in Preston via text: "Martin Skrtel. That's all you need to say on a halloween themed text in."

    Chris, Manchester via text: "Joe Cole starting? Really is Halloween!!!"

    James in Bournemouth via text: "I'm sorry, there's surely a mistake. Are we really playing Henderson at right back and Downing in central midfield with Joe Cole on the wing? All up for experimentation and In Brendan We Trust but I'm not holding my breath."

  163. 1937: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will face his former club Swansea for the first time since leaving them in the summer to become Reds manager. "Leaving there was sad but I knew I was coming to one of the biggest clubs in the world," he says. "But we want to get through and nothing will get in the way of that. No sentiment gets in the way of wanting to progress to the next round." Rodgers may be booed by some Swansea fans after his defection but his successor Michael Laudrup says: "I don't know how much stick Brendan will take on Wednesday, but I can tell you it won't be as much as I did when, after five years playing for Barcelona, I went back there with Real Madrid. You could say the fans weren't that happy to see me - there were 100,000 whistling at me every time I touched the ball. The noise was incredible. It wasn't very pleasant."

  164. 1935: 

    Things have taken a turn for the ugly out on the Quays. They're doing the Time Warp.

  165. 1934: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers makes nine changes to the Liverpool side that drew 2-2 with Everton on Sunday. Goalkeeper Brad Jones and Joe Allen, who starts against his former club for the first time, are the only survivors while Joe Cole gets a rare start in an attack led by young German striker Samed Yesil. Jordan Henderson looks set to start at right back.

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup makes four changes from the team narrowly beaten by Manchester City on Saturday. Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel comes in to the side to replace the injured Michael Vorm, while Nathan Dyer is preferred to Wayne Routledge. Dwight Tiendalli and Ashley Williams also get recalls.

  166. 1933: 
    Chelsea v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

    Chelsea select five players that were in the team that lost to Manchester United on Sunday. They include John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata, who have been at the centre of allegations towards Mark Clattenburg. Cesar Azpilicueta, Oriol Romeu and Lucas Piazon are among those that come in. Rafael is the only survivor for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson makes 10 changes. Javier Hernandez, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and Anderson all start with Ferguson sticking with a young back four in this competition.

  167. 1933: 

    So, Norwich and Tottenham have met twice before in the League Cup. Spurs won both matches - the 1973 final and a fifth-round victory in 1992. In addition, Tottenham have not lost at Carrow Road since April 1991, a run of seven matches.

    Norwich are making their first appearance in the fourth round of this competition in 17 years.

  168. 1930: 

    Since Norwich and Tottenham drew 1-1 in the Premier League, Spurs have won six of their 10 games, losing once, and City boss Chris Hughton says: "They're in great form and have been finding greater consistency. We don't know what side they will put out and they're perhaps in a different place now compared to then." Hughton took Tottenham's current assistant coach Steffen Freund under his wing when the German joined Spurs in 1998. Freund recalls: "I didn't speak a word of English, but he told me what all the bad words were and the football language too, which was important. He was the key man for me in terms of helping me settle in at Spurs."

  169. 1928: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:

    "Carrow Road is not expecting a bumper crowd tonight - there has been a wee bit of grumbling from the natives over the price of the tickets. Former Canaries striker Dean Ashton's here though - working with our friends in radio - and he's donning a rather spiffy, matching bobble hat and scarf ensemble."

  170. 1927: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool: Jones, Henderson, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Allen, Shelvey, Downing, Cole, Assaidi, Yesil. Subs: Ward, Suarez, Gerrard, Fernandez Saez, Sterling, Skrtel, Wisdom.

    Swansea: Tremmel, Chico, Richards, Williams, Tiendalli, Hernandez, Britton, Ki, Dyer, de Guzman, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Graham, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Agustien, Davies.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)


    Sulaiman, M1, via text: "Ghosting my way up the very wet M1...hoping to broom home in time for the football."

    Jeff Bogginson, in Scotland, via text: "Is Rascream Sterling goin to terrorize the Swansea defence tonight?"

    Raj, Wolverhampton, via text: "I reckon Hernandez will be goblin up the goals tonight!"

  172. 1924: 

    I've just been informed that the music blasting out at the Quays is to accompany a 5k Halloween fun-run. It is probably fitting that the conditions will make it more of a horror-run. Still, at least they've stopped playing N-Dubz.

  173. 1922: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Mata, Piazon, Sturridge. Subs: Hilario, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Ferreira, Marin, Saville.

    Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Wootton, Keane, Buttner, Anderson, Giggs, Fletcher, Nani, Hernandez, Welbeck. Subs: Johnstone, Powell, Macheda, Lingard, Vermijl, Brady, Tunnicliffe.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  174. 1922: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)

    Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Snodgrass, Fox, Butterfield, Surman, Howson, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Holt, Jackson, Elliott Bennett, Garrido, Barnett, Tettey.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Carroll, Falque, Bale, Dempsey. Subs: Cudicini, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Lennon, Defoe, Townsend, Smith.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  175. 1920: 

    Here at a rainy Salford Quays we are being treated to a soundtrack of occasional Halloween-based tunes. We've had Michael Jackson's Thriller and Ray Parker Jr's Ghostbusters. But it was only when they put N-Dubz on that I started screaming and clawing at my ears in horror.


    Emmanuel Soile on Twitter: "Thank God "Robin Vanpire-sy", isn't playing today, we couldn't handle him last time!"

    Runil Wazlib on Twitter: "United seem to have a very inexperienced side out. 'Witch' team do you think will win? I'll get my broom."

    Penny Woods on Twitter: "I fancy the spirited Joe Cole to ghost into the area and snatch an early goal for #lfc tonight"

  177. 1916: 

    It would be fair to say Chelsea and Manchester United have had a decent time in the League Cup in recent years. For six consecutive years between 2005 and 2010 either one of the two reached the League Cup final. Chelsea won two and lost one, and United won all three.

    Tonight is their fourth tie in League Cup history. Manchester United won the first two, but Chelsea prevailed over a two-legged semi-final in January 2005.

  178. 1916: 
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    Dundee United will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the 3-0 reverse they suffered when Hearts visited Tannadice in late September. That game is off at 1915. Rangers face SPL opposition for the second time this season, the Ibrox club beat Motherwell 2-0 in the last round, they play Inverness Caledonian Thistle at 1945. We have a live text just for that competition.

  179. 1913: 

    Norwich make a whopping 10 changes from the side that drew at Aston Villa on Saturday. Only goalscorer Michael Turner remains. Defender Steven Whittaker will make his debut.

    Tottenham have been less aggressive with their changes - just the five for them. Hugo Lloris is back in goal, while Gareth Bale starts. And Kyle Naughton lines up against the club he enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at last season.


    Hani Nyabam on Twitter: "I wonder if the Ghosts of seasons past will come back to haunt Tottenham tonight?!?"

    Thomas on Twitter: "Younes Kaghoul to play for Spurs tonight"

    m i d g 3 t on Twitter: "I know Joe Allen isn't a naturally goal scoring midfielder, but I wonder what the odds are for him to score a hat trick tonight"

    Well, if he does score a 'trick that'll be a treat

  181. 1910: 
    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports:Chelsea v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

    "Many observers will hope that this evening's game will avoid the controversy that emanated from Sunday's encounter. Something similar to Tuesday's barnstormer between Reading and Arsenal perhaps? It is a different competition, a different referee, Lee Mason this time, and both Roberto Di Matteo and Sir Alex Ferguson are likely to select younger teams. The 3-2 result three days ago was Manchester United's first league win at Stamford Bridge for a decade, and another defeat for Chelsea would be their third on the trot."


    Joe Gibson on Twitter: "After last nights excitement I hope tonights big game isn't a 'ghouless draw'"

    Boom! And we are off

  183. 1906: 

    Manchester United make 10 changes, including the inclusion of Nani, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs in midfield with Javier Hernandez up front after his winner at the Bridge on Sunday.

  184. 1905: 

    Joe Allen starts for Liverpool against his former club tonight. He is on the front cover of the programme, so I suppose he had to. Elsewhere, there is also a starting place for Liverpool's young German striker Samed Yesil, while Stewart Downing is recalled to the side.

  185. 1904: 

    Ian in spooky Darlo (and it is spooky, I've been) is on to something. I think it's only right that tonight now descends into a Halloween pun-a-thon based around tonight's action. Do your worst people.


    Ian in spooky Darlo via text: "You could call tonight "better the devil you know Wednesday" which has a Halloween twist."


    Matt, London, via text: "A word of warning, if anyone 'trick or treats' me tonight while I'm watching Chelsea v Manchester United, I won't answer the door!"

  188. 1900: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Carrow Road:Norwich v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)

    "Both sides have their minds on other achievements this season. The focus for Norwich is staying in the Premier League, while Tottenham have designs on finishing as high as they can up the other end.

    "But there is League Cup pedigree lurking inside these two. It's the competition that has brought the Canaries the most joy - winning it twice. While Spurs have put their name on the trophy four times."


    From Simon, Norwich fan, in Northwood: "Strange bias towards "bigger" clubs again, BBC preview mentions Spurs' win against us last season but fails to mention our subsequent win at WHL (which effectively cost them a Champs League spot) and also our draw at WHL this season where Friedel made 9 saves to get them a point."


    Omar on Twitter: "A more controlled game today after sundays madness. Frenzy last 20 mins though!!! 2-1 United!!!"

    Anhar Miah on Twitter: "I've been waiting all day for this game that I've completely let go of my A Level revision. Chelsea 3-1 Man United."

    Jack Winfield on Twitter: "If tonight's games are half as exciting as the Reading vs Arsenal game last night then we're in for a good night of football"

  191. 1856: 

    The two players at the centre of the Mark Clattenburg 'inappropriate language' furore, Jon Mikel Obi and Juan Mata both start for Chelsea against Manchester United.

  192. 1855: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield:Liverpool v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

    "The rain is falling steadily at Anfield and there is a real nip in the air as Brendan Rodgers prepares for his first encounter with his former club since leaving for Anfield in June. Liverpool go into tonight's game unbeaten in their past four matches, with three clean sheets, while Swansea have only won three of their past ten.

    "Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez are likely to be rested ahead of Sunday's Premier League match with Newcastle but the word at Anfield is that Joe Allen will make his first appearance against the Swans since departing south Wales.

    "In his programme notes, Gerrard says, "we always try to win ever competition we enter. We're the holders of this cup and we are very determined to retain it."

    "Some 3,000 Swansea fans have made the trip north and come in search of an upset. Liverpool have failed to score in their past two meetings with the Welsh club and victory on this occasion will take them into the last eight of the League Cup for the first time in the club's history."

  193. 1854: 

    Oh yes, Reading 5-7 Arsenal. I repeat, Reading 5-7 Arsenal. In case you missed it, allow me to fill you in. Reading shot into a 4-0 lead within 37 minutes, only for Arsenal to get one back before the break. The Gunners then slowly chipped away at the deficit and levelled at 4-4 a minute or so over the four minutes of given injury time. Arsene Wenger's side then took the lead, which Reading cancelled out with four minutes of extra time to go. However, Arsenal had the final word as Theo Walcott completed a hat-trick and Marouane Chamakh sealed a remarkable victory. It's knackering even writing about it.

  194. 1850: 

    Thanks Patsy for bringing up last night. I think it's only right we have a little recap of what was a pretty amazing night of League Cup football. We had a trio of shocks as Bradford beat Wigan on penalties at the DW Stadium, Leeds saw off Southampton and Middlesbrough won at Sunderland. Plus, Aston Villa finally ending plucky Swindon's challenge. Did I miss anything?


    Patsy Chibbington on Twitter: "9-8 to Man U, with Bebe scoring 3 minutes after extra time stoppage time. Doesn't seem quite as ridiculous after last night..."

  196. 1847: 

    As always you can contact us through the usual channels to have your say on the night's action. And with plenty of talking points to tackle I'm expecting some twitter and text gold from you. The tweet us use the hashtag #bbcfootball and to text use the number 81111 (UK). I would ask that you stick your name on the texts, though, otherwise I will nay be able to use them.

  197. 1843: 

    Chelsea v Manchester United may be the headline act, but it's certainly not the only League Cup show in town tonight. There are two other ties, both of which feature managers going up against their former club. At Anfield, Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool host the club he left to join the Reds, Swansea, while at Carrow Road, Chris Hughton sends his Norwich side into battle against Tottenham - the club where he was a player and assistant manager.

    I was thinking we could call tonight Facing Your Former Club/The Team You Played Last Sunday Wednesday. Granted, it doesn't roll off the tongue but you can't knock its accuracy.

  198. 1839: 

    One thing that has been somewhat ignored among the mounds of off-field material in the wake of Sunday is that the Bridge was also treated to a enthralling game of football, which saw Manchester United prevail 3-2 after Chelsea had two men sent off. If tonight's game is half as good as that one, there won't be many complaints. Just go easy on the controversy this time, eh lads.

  199. 1835: 

    From the second the final whistle blew on Sunday the sports news agenda has been dominated by one question: did referee Mark Clattenburg say the things Chelsea are accusing him of saying? The official's 'inappropriate language' - according to the complaint lodged by the Blues with the Football Association - has been the centre-piece of every newspaper back page going for three days so it is inevitable that the build-up to tonight's tie will be dominated by it.

  200. 1830: 

    For the second time in four days, two of the country's top teams go head to head as Chelsea host Manchester United in a potentially explosive League Cup clash at Stamford Bridge. Thank heavens that nothing controversial, provocative and high-profile happened in the first game, that's all I'll say...Oh, wait, hang on...

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