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Tony's Trophy shout for old clubs

17 December 2013

Ex-England striker Tony Cottee will be cheering on his former teams Leicester and West Ham in this week's Capital One Cup quarter-finals

Former England striker Tony Cottee will be taking a keen interest in two of this week's Capital One Cup quarter-finals as seven Premier League teams plus one from the Sky Bet Championship aim to progress towards March's Wembley Final.

Cottee, now a Sky TV commentator, was a League Cup winner with Leicester City in the 1999/2000 season and will be hoping for a surprise Foxes victory when the Championship's third in the table team entertain Premier League title favourites Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening.

And 24 hours later he will be at White Hart Lane to see West Ham United, the team he was most associated with as a player, take on Tottenham Hotspur.

He still supports West Ham, where he played more than 300 games over two spells, but nevertheless retains a soft spot for Leicester and with good reason.

Cottee told "Winning the League Cup with Leicester was the biggest honour of my club career and I really enjoyed my spell there. Martin O'Neill was manager and it was a great time to be at the club. And lifting that trophy was a very special moment for me, a moment I'll never forget.

"The club seem to be in pretty good shape under Nigel Pearson at the moment and it would be lovely to see them promoted to the Premier League this season.

"Whether they can win the Capital One Cup is another matter though, and they will obviously be underdogs against Manchester City. But I'm sure that Leicester will give them a good game and it would be nice to see an upset at this stage.

"The Capital One Cup had some fantastic games last season and seeing Bradford, a League 2 team, get to the Final was just brilliant. We've had some more incredible games in the competition this season and there's no doubt that we've got more to come ñ and hopefully there will be another upset or two."

After Manchester City’s 6-3 Premier League pounding of Arsenal on Saturday it will be a major upset if the sureshots from Eastlands are beaten by Leicester. 

On Wednesday, Tottenham would have been favourites to beat West Ham but the odds will most certainly have changed following their 5-0 Sunday thrashing by Liverpool and the subsequent sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Hammers may now be expected to go through to the semi-finals, particularly as they pulled off a 3-0 Premier League win at the Lane in October. That result was something of a shock, to Cottee as much as to any West Ham fan.

“I purposely didn’t go to the game at Tottenham,” said Cottee, “because I didn’t want to suffer us getting beat again when I was there watching the team.

“I saw eight West Ham games last season and we didn’t get one win – in fact the last match I saw us win was the Championship Play-Off final two seasons ago.

“So I’ve been trying to keep away, but I might have to go to the Lane on Wednesday. It’s going to be tough despite Tottenham’s result on Sunday – they’ll be looking to bounce back and they’ve got a great squad of players to pick from.

“But I’d love to see us go though. It would be great for morale and it would lift the supporters – they don’t come any more passionate than West Ham fans.”

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