The quarter-final draw of the League Cup has been made with just eight clubs remaining in the race to reach Wembley and, potentially, lift that trophy. Seven of them are Premier League sides with just one, from League One, making it to the elite eight.
Today, we’re going to take a look through all four ties and pick through the most intriguing storylines.
It’s not the most star-studded line-up we’ve ever seen but there’s definitely a lot of potential for some drama, and hopefully, we continue to restore the overall value and importance of this competition.
Manchester United vs Charlton
The last lower league side left has drawn the most lucrative team imaginable. A trip to Old Trafford is the kind of thing dreams are made of for a team like Charlton, and a fanbase that has been through a lot in recent years. Manchester United are going to be hungry to prove they can win a piece of silverware under Erik ten Hag, whereas Charlton want to keep their dream of going all the way alive.
Southampton vs Manchester City
Southampton made a big decision to sack Ralph Hasenhuttl last month and now, they face arguably their biggest game of the season when League Cup experts Manchester City come to town. Winning this trophy has become part of the way things work at the Etihad and Pep Guardiola knows that, which is why expectations are going to be high when they roll down to the south coast to battle the Saints.
Newcastle vs Leicester
The form that Newcastle United are in really does speak for itself. Eddie Howe has transformed this team into something quite special, and the scariest thing is that they only just seem to be getting started. They’ll host Leicester City who could use another pick-me-up of their own, but regardless of who wins this, we’d say they’re in with a great chance of making it all the way to Wembley given the teams remaining.
Nottingham Forest vs Wolves
These two relegation-threatened sides would prefer to focus most of their attention on surviving in the Premier League for at least another year. In equal measure, however, you’d have to think this has the potential to be a big source of excitement for the two clubs. They’ve actually met in the final of this competition before and they’ll both know how big a win could be here for their overall squad morale.
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