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Capital One Cup Round 5 preview

16 December 2014

The famous Wembley arch is in sight and the eight teams still standing in the Capital One Cup will battle it out in Round 5 this week.

The first night of action, on Tuesday, will see Sky Bet Championship high-flyers Derby County welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea to the iPro Stadium in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The Rams come into the match after a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday lunchtime but have their first opportunity to record a scalp in the Capital One Cup this campaign, having knocked out Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic, Reading and Fulham so far.

Chelsea travel to the Midlands having lost just once in all competitions this season. They avoided a potential upset at Shrewsbury Town in Round 4, winning 2-1.

Sky Bet League 1's Sheffield United are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition and they will play host to a Southampton side who are on a run of four consecutive defeats.

The Blades, fifth in League 1, have already got the better of one Premier League team in this season's competition, after they beat West Ham United 5-4 on penalties in Round 2. The Saints' route to the Fifth Round has included defeating two-time winners Arsenal at the Emirates.

Wednesday sees Sky Bet Championship leaders Bournemouth take on an out-of-sorts Liverpool side at the Goldsands Stadium, which is also live on Sky Sports.

Eddie Howe's men are currently 12 games unbeaten in all competitions, with nine wins over that spell, including a Round 4 triumph against West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool scored two late goals to turn around a 1-0 deficit against Swansea at Anfield to earn their place in the Quarter-Finals, and they've recorded just two victories from 10 games in all competitions since then.

Also on Wednesday, there's an all-Premier League clash between Newcastle United, who knocked out last season's Capital One Cup winners Manchester City in the previous round, and Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

The pair have met in this competition in recent times, back in 2008, when Spurs ran out 2-1 winners at St James' Park, and they've also clashed in the top flight this season with the travelling Magpies winning 2-1 in North London in late October.

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