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17 December 2013

We look ahead to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup

The quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup are upon us, with two games on Tuesday night and another couple on Wednesday.

On Tuesday at 7:45pm, Sunderland host Chelsea in a repeat of their recent Premier League fixture - a thriller that the Blues eventually won 4-3. That was their 57th league triumph against Sunderland, but the three cup meetings between the two have all been won by the Black Cats.

At the same time, the lowest ranked team in the competition - Sky Bet Championship's third-placed side, Leicester City - welcome Manchester City, who are fourth in the Premier League, to the King Power Stadium. 

The sides last met three seasons ago in the FA Cup, when City ran out 4-2 winners in a replay, after a 2-2 draw at Leicester. This will be their 106th meeting, with the North West club having won 50 of their previous encounters. 

On Wednesday, the television cameras make the trip to the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke City host Manchester United in a 7:45pm kick-off. 

The two sides have already clashed this season, in the Premier League, and it was David Moyes' men who grabbed the victory, coming from behind to win 3-2.

The result took United's unbeaten run against Stoke to 12 games - the Potters' last victory against the Old Trafford outfit came in this competition in September 1993.

Simultaneously, the third all-Premier League tie of the quarter-finals takes place at White Hart Lane, where managerless Tottenham Hotspur host Sam Allardyce's West Ham United.

This will be the 140th fixture between the two Londoners. In the 139th encounter back in October, the Hammers ran out 3-0 winners at the Lane, and Spurs come into this clash following a 5-0 home humiliation by Liverpool at the weekend.


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