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Carabao Cup: Round Four Preview

30 October 2018

Frank Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge is the highlight in this week's Carabao Cup Round Four, with seven ties taking place over the next three days.

Live on Sky Sports tomorrow evening (7.45pm), Frank Lampard will take his Derby side to Stamford Bridge to play a Chelsea team who are unbeaten this season in all competitions and enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 win against Burnley at the weekend. 

Derby go into the game on the back of a good run of results themselves and having upset Manchester United in the previous round at Old Trafford, the Rams will be hoping to cause another shock tomorrow night. 

Speaking in his pre-match press conference Lampard stated that he wanted his players to take a fearless approach.

“They've got to be fearless and focused," he said. "They're good young players. I don't want the game passing anyone by, and it didn't at Old Trafford.

"That's all I want to come away with, I'm not concerned about the result, I just want them to turn up focused and give it everything. They deserve the occasion, the opportunity to go up against a magnificent Chelsea side no matter who they put out on the night."

It will also be a special occasion for Nigel Clough at the Pirelli Stadium tonight, as his former club, Nottingham Forest, face Burton Albion live on Sky Sports Football. The Brewers have only faced Forest four times in their entire history and the tie gives both sides a fantastic opportunity to be in the hat for the Quarter-Finals. 

For Clough, the game against his former side, and four-time Carabao Cup winners, will naturally stir emotions. But he will be looking at the game as an opportunity and one in which his side will go all out to win after earlier successes in the competition against Aston Villa and Burnley. 

“The last-16 of the Carabao Cup is a big, big tie and we have the twice European champions coming to town," Clough said, speaking in his pre-match press conference.  

"They are very strong and I think it will be a tight affair because of the prize. The last-eight of a major competition is a massive prize and Forest will not rule out getting to the final. If they get past us and get a kind draw, anything can happen."

The other game on Tuesday evening sees an in-form AFC Bournemouth side entertain Norwich City. The Canaries travel to the Vitality Stadium in the midst of a ten-game unbeaten run, but Eddie Howe's side, without a major trophy in their history, are in great form and will see it as a chance for them to progress in to the last eight of the competition. 

Another fascinating tie pits West Ham United and Spurs together. Both sides will want to get one over their rivals and much like Bournemouth, the competition is a chance for both teams to end a long wait for silverware. 

Spurs could well play some of their young stars against the Hammers including U20 World Cup winner Kyle Walker-Peters, who will hope to start the game having only been an unused substitute for Spurs this season. 

Blackpool’s unbeaten run came to an end at Fleetwood Town on Saturday, but the Sky Bet League One outfit face a rewarding trip to face Arsenal, where it is expected the home side will blood some of the younger players to face the Seasiders. 

One young Gunner to watch is Emile Smith Rowe, who has impressed when he’s been given his chance this season. The Arsenal manager Unai Emery holds the 18-year old in high regard having already praised him this season after making appearances in the earlier round against Brentford as well as the UEFA Europa League. 

Middlesbrough welcome Crystal Palace to the Riverside on Wednesday and will be hoping to take full advantage of being at home against the Eagles. It’s a special competition for the home side as Boro have enjoyed success in the competition before, when in 2004 they beat Bolton 2-1 to secure the first trophy in their entire history. 

Finally on Thursday, Phil Foden will expect to start for Manchester City as the current holders welcome Fulham to the Etihad Stadium. City, like Spurs and Arsenal, will want to give Foden and other player's alike opportunities as Guardiola looks to rotate his squad. 

A date is still yet to be set for Leicester City's Round Four tie against Southampton. The fixture was postponed following the devastating events at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, which resulted in five people, including the Club Chairman, tragically losing their lives.

You can follow all of tonight's Carabao Cup action on Twitter via @Carabao_Cup 


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