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Kevin Kilbane looks ahead to the Capital One Cup Quarter-Finals

1 December 2015

Kevin Kilbane might not have won the Capital One Cup during his career – but he has plenty to say about this week's Quarter-Final ties!

The player-turned-pundit appeared for Everton and Hull City during his career - both of whom are in the last eight - and we caught up with him to get his thoughts on the upcoming matches.

Are you looking forward to the Capital One Cup Quarter-Finals?

Any cup competition, when it gets closer to the Final, gives you that buzz. When I was playing the opportunities were few and far between - you don't get too many chances to get to the latter stages of a cup competition.

I think one of the best, if not the best, game that I watched last season was the Capital One Cup Semi-Final between Chelsea and Liverpool - it was a great game. It didn't have many goals in the match but it had everything else within the game. It had tension and a nervousness about it, and that is what you get in these competitions, especially when it gets to the business end.

Read more: Capital One Cup Quarter-Final preview

Manchester City v Hull City

Hull are going great in the Sky Bet Championship. They managed to keep hold of a lot of the players from last season and they are towards the top of the Championship - where you'd expect them to be really.

I think if Hull would have chosen any team to go to when the draw was made it wouldn't have been Man City - I think that is the one side they would have wanted to avoid. But it is what it is, I was at the Etihad last year when Newcastle beat Man City in the Capital One Cup.

I think they can draw inspiration from that - City can be vulnerable defensively despite being one of the best attacking sides in the world. If Hull get one or two chances in the game, they have to take them, and if they do that then they will make it difficult for City.

Middlesbrough v Everton

Middlesbrough are another side that are competing alongside Hull in the Sky Bet Championship. Aitor Karanka has done a great job and has really transformed the side. They've showed consistent form recently. They are very much like a Steve Bruce side at times as well - extremely organised and difficult to break down defensively.

Everton, meanwhile, are showing real signs again that they are capable of competing with the very best in the country, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu. They've got real creativity and are strong defensively. Everton are a strong side.

Read more: Live on Sky Sports: Middlesbrough v Everton

Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday

I think Sheffield Wednesday, after putting Arsenal out in the last round, have a difficult tie. I'm not saying that they can't go and beat Stoke, but it's going to be difficult for them to go there and turn them over.

They proved it against Arsenal by beating them 3-0, and they thoroughly deserved it on the night, but this match will be very tricky for them.

Southampton v Liverpool

I think Southampton versus Liverpool will be a bit of a 50/50 swing - it's tough to pick a winner. Liverpool will probably go in as favourites on most occasions, but Southampton at home are a different proposition; they are difficult to play against. It's going to be a tough game for Liverpool - there are so many different aspects to look forward to this week.

Pick your Capital One Cup 2015/16 winner...

I'm going to go for it. I think Everton are due a trophy - maybe a bit of the heart ruling the head. It'll be difficult for them against Boro but I do fancy Everton to go on and win the Capital One Cup this year.

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