Capital One Cup: 5 Matches to Watch in 3rd Round

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2012

Capital One Cup: 5 Matches to Watch in 3rd Round

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    The Capital One Cup resumes play on Tuesday and Wednesday with 16 matches in the third round.

    Entering the competition for the third round are all of the Premier League clubs that are involved in European play.

    Already the competition has seen some upsets with championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion going out in the first round, and two EPL clubs (Fulham and Stoke) were taken down in the second round.

    The third round features five matches between two EPL clubs with Manchester United vs. Newcastle United being the marquee matchup.

    Here are five matches that you should keep an eye on during play on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Carlisle United vs. Tottenham

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    After earning his first win at home with Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas leads his club back on the road as they travel to Brunton Park to face League One side Carlisle United on Wednesday.

    Carlisle United sit in eighth place in League One at the moment, and they have not lost in their last four matches.

    Their most recent result came on Saturday as they beat Coventry on the road, 2-1.

    Tottenham are coming off a 2-1 win at home over QPR in the Premier League on Sunday.

    Villas-Boas and Co. have already had to deal with a crowded fixture list with Europa League play opening last week, the club drew 0-0 with Lazio on Thursday and now the Capital One Cup adds to the congestion in the schedule.

    Spurs will most likely field a starting lineup that does include many of their starters, but they should be able to come away with the win.

Swindon Town vs. Burnley

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    Swindon Town have pulled off two big wins in the first two rounds of the competition and instead of being rewarded with a Premier League club at home, they will face Burnley from the championship.

    In their first two matches in the Capital One Cup, the League One side have beaten Brighton and Hove Albion, who are in first place in the championship, in the first round and EPL club Stoke in the second round on the road.

    Paolo Di Canio has brought his club up from League Two and into fifth place in League One at the moment.

    Burnley have been stuck in the championship since their relegation from the EPL during the 2009-10 season, and they are not close at the moment to going back to the top flight.

    This season, the Clarets are in 16th place in the second flight with nine points.

    After losing three matches in a row early in the season, the club have rebounded and won two of their last three, including Saturday's 2-1 away win over Derby County.

Leeds United vs. Everton

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    On Tuesday, Leeds United will host Everton at Elland Road.

    Leeds United sit in the middle of the championship table in 12th place with 10 points this season.

    United are managed by former QPR boss Neil Warnock, who took over in February and helped keep the club in the second flight last season.

    Everton are one of the hottest teams in England right now as they sit in third place in the EPL.

    The Toffees are coming off of a 3-0 weekend win over Swansea, and they are playing like a club that can challenge for the EPL title this season.

    One player that the Toffees must watch on Tuesday is Leeds forward Luciano Becchio, who has six goals in seven matches.

West Brom vs. Liverpool

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    In one of the five matches featuring two EPL clubs, West Brom host Liverpool at The Hawthorns on Wednesday.

    West Brom have made a surprise start under new manager Steve Clarke, as they have earned 10 points in five matches.

    The Baggies' good performance has put them in fourth place in the table after their 1-0 win over Reading this weekend.

    Liverpool are struggling under their new manager Brendan Rodgers this season.

    The Reds are still looking for their first league win of the season in the EPL as they begin their defense of the competition they won last year.

    This will be the second meeting between the clubs this season; the two clubs met on opening day of the EPL season, with West Brom winning 3-0.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United

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    The marquee match of the third round occurs on Wednesday at Old Trafford as Manchester United host Newcastle.

    Manchester United have recovered well since their opening-day loss to Everton with four straight wins.

    United's last win on Sunday was an emotional one over rivals Liverpool at Anfield that was full of disputed calls by the referee.

    Newcastle have taken eight points from five matches and are in 10th place in the EPL table.

    The Magpies have been powered by the combination of Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa, who have combined for all six of the club's goals this season.

    This match may not have the star power of an EPL match between the two clubs, as both managers will play fringe and young players during most of the competition.