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Round 4 preview

29 October 2013

We look ahead to the Fourth Round of the Capital One Cup

Tuesday's stand-out Round 4 Capital One Cup tie sees Chelsea visit the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, in a match live on Sky Sports.

The 7:45pm kick-off is a repeat of the 2007 League Cup Final, in which the Blues ran out 2-1 winners.

The two sit side-by-side at the top of the Premier League table - Arsenal at the summit with two more points than Chelsea - and both come into the game having picked up wins at the weekend. 

The Gunners recorded three points with a 2-0 success against Crystal Palace, while Chelsea dramatically overcame Manchester City - their third successive win. 

The only other all-Premier League tie on Tuesday sees Manchester United host Norwich City.

United came from behind to beat Stoke City 3-2 on Saturday, just days after overcoming Real Sociedad 1-0 in the Champions League.

The tie with the Canaries provides David Moyes' men with a chance to gain more momentum, but they come up against a team eager for their own kick-start - Chris Hughton's side occupy a place in the Premier League's bottom three without a win in their last three games.

Birmingham City dumped out Capital One Cup holders Swansea City in Round 3 and they host Stoke, while fellow Sky Bet Championship outfit Leicester City entertain Martin Jol's Fulham.

Championship table-toppers Burnley have been in scintillating form - winning eight on the spin in all competitions - and have a chance to test their credentials against a top-flight club when they face West Ham United.

There's another Round 4 tie live on Sky Sports on Wednesday and it comes from the North East, with Manchester City visiting Newcastle United.

The pair have already come together this season - Manuel Pellegrini's men triumphed 4-0 - but it is in fact Newcastle who have the upper hand historically, winning 70 meetings compared to City's 60 victories, with the other 38 ending level.

Two other Premier League teams, Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City, also go head-to-head on Wednesday. 

Hull's passage to Round 4 has seen them overcome League 1 high-flyers Leyton Orient and Huddersfield Town, while Spurs were 4-0 winners at Aston Villa in the last round.

The remaining Fourth Round fixture sees Sunderland, buoyed by a 2-1 win against fierce rivals Newcastle United, host Southampton next Wednesday.

The pair will already know who their Round 5 opponents would be, which could make for an interesting game at the Stadium of Light.


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