The League Cup 3rd Round draw has paired Spurs and Arsenal in what is by far the biggest game of the competition so far. Both teams would have fancied their chances of reaching the latter stages, however one will now go out in their 1st game.
Both Tottenham and Arsenal only joined the competition at this stage due to their European commitments, however as the league cup is not seeded from round three there is always the prospect of a big match. There are six all Premier League ties with Chelsea v Newcastle also looking an attractive tie.
The only League Two club to have survived this far Northampton have been rewarded with a money spinning trip to Anfield where they should get a warm welcome from a large Liverpool crowd, and the three of the League One clubs have all drawn Premier League clubs too.
The Manchester Clubs have tricky away ties with big spending City traveling to WBA and United visiting Scunthorpe, who are quite a handful at their compact Glanford Park stadium.
The Cup always seems to throw up a needle match and none will be more acrimonious than the Lancashire derby between Burnley and Bolton with ex Burnley manager Owen Coyle assured of a warm welcome. This could be a close tie and if there is to be a shock it could come here.
The Full draw is:
Brentford v Everton
Portsmouth v Leicester City
Stoke City v Fulham
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Millwall v Ipswich Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Notts County
Burnley v Bolton Wanderers
Birmingham City v MK Dons
Liverpool v Northampton Town
Scunthorpe United v Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
Sunderland v West Ham United
Peterborough United v Swansea City
Wigan Athletic v Preston North End
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