Carabao Cup Wednesday preview: City and Liverpool eye last eight
The final five Carabao Cup fourth-round ties take place tonight as 10 clubs look to advance to the quarter-finals.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Sunderland all went through last night.
And holders Manchester City will attempt to join them later when they travel to in-form West Ham.
Elsewhere, Liverpool make the short trip to Championship outfit Preston and Stoke are the other second-tier side looking to progress as they face Brentford.
Preston vs Liverpool (7.45pm, Sky Sports Main Event)
Preston can take some respite from a frustrating Championship campaign when they host the Reds at Deepdale.
There will be little pressure on Frankie McAvoy’s men, which should make a welcome change after a West Lancashire derby loss to Blackpool last weekend heaped more misery on the Scottish boss.
North End have won only three of their 14 games in the league, though they are seven games unbeaten at Deepdale in all competitions.
Little needs to be said about the red-hot visitors, who head to Lancashire on a 22-game unbeaten run stretching back to April and having just thrashed bitter rivals Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford.
The Reds are looking to lift the trophy again 10 years on from a dramatic penalty shootout success over Cardiff but Jurgen Klopp tends to rotate his squad for these contests.
Divock Origi, who has 10 goals in his last nine League Cup starts, should lead the line for the visitors while home captain Alan Browne misses out through suspension.
West Ham vs Manchester City (7.45pm)
After dispatching Manchester United in the previous round, West Ham will now look to conquer United's noisy neighbours Manchester City.
Only Arsenal, back in 1977-78, have ever eliminated both Manchester clubs in the same League Cup campaign and the Hammers will have to defy the odds to match that achievement.
They have been on the losing side in 10 of their last 11 meetings with City across all competitions, drawing the other, while their last clash with them in this competition was a 9-0 aggregate defeats in the semi-finals in 2013-14.
The visitors are looking for an unprecedented fifth straight Carabao Cup trophy and put six past Wycombe in their opening encounter last month.
In their last four cup games with West Ham, City have netted 15 times and not conceded a single goal — though last season’s two Premier League games were both closely-fought contests.
Both sides will make changes amid hectic European and domestic schedules, with Mark Noble and Andriy Yarmolenko in line to start for the Hammers and Pep Guardiola planning to give several youngsters an opportunity to impress.
Burnley vs Tottenham (7.45pm)
Two managers who could both do with a morale-boosting win meet at Turf Moor as Burnley entertain Tottenham in another all-Premier League affair.
Sean Dyche is bidding to lead the Lancashire club to a first Carabao Cup quarter-final since 2008-09 after his troops dispatched Newcastle on penalties before thumping Rochdale to reach this stage.
But the Clarets are still searching for a first win of their top-flight campaign and will need a change of fortune against a team they have only beaten once in their last 14 meetings.
Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo is under pressure after back-to-back 1-0 defeats to Vitesse and West Ham and knows this competition probably represents his best chance of bringing a long-awaited trophy to North London this term.
The Londoners were runners-up to Manchester City last season but have lost two of their last four ties against fellow Premier League sides — only winning the other two via penalty shootouts.
Maxwel Cornet is set to miss out for the hosts after exiting their weekend draw with cramp while the visitors will give outings to several fringe players.
Leicester vs Brighton (7.45pm)
Separated by only one point in the Premier League, Leicester and Brighton will battle it out at the King Power for a spot in the last eight.
The Foxes, who have won the League Cup twice, crashed out to Arsenal in the third round last term but prior to that had made the last eight or better on three consecutive occasions.
They also have an edge in the head-to-head stakes having won six of their last 10 meetings with the Seagulls at home, losing on only one occasion.
The visitors, meanwhile, have not made it beyond this round for 43 years, though they did progress from their only previous meeting with the Foxes in this competition back in 1994.
Aaron Connolly’s brace eased Graham Potter’s men past Championship Swansea in the last round and the Irishman should feature again tonight with rotation anticipated.
Jamie Vardy misses out for the home side as a precaution with a minor knee issue but Adam Webster (hamstring) should return to the fold for Brighton following a lay-off.
Stoke vs Brentford (7.45pm)
Championship Stoke will reach a second consecutive Carabao Cup quarter-final if they can maintain their remarkable home record against Brentford.
The Potters have never tasted defeat against the West London outfit on their own turf — a 14-game unbeaten run.
Despite losing their last three league games, Michael O’Neill’s men remain within touching distance of the play-off places and have already dumped out top-flight Watford in this competition.
Thomas Frank’s visitors are also looking to make it back-to-back appearances in the last eight after reaching the quarters for the first time in 60 years in 2020-21.
The Bees stuck seven past League Two side Oldham in the last round. And four of those strikes and from Finnish forward Marcus Forss, who now has nine goals in as many Carabao Cup starts.
Tommy Smith (illness) and Abdallah Sima (ankle) are in line to feature for the hosts while Forss is likely to be one of several fresh faces introduced for the away side.