While a couple of top contenders for the Capital One Cup have already had some scares, the exciting tournament will continue with some even better matches in Round 4.
In the most notable match of the third round, Manchester United survived a battle against Liverpool and earned a 1-0 victory. Meanwhile, Arsenal barely escaped a road matchup against West Bromwich Albion. The club needed a 4-3 advantage on penalty kicks in order to advance.
These battles will likely be a preview to some more exciting action, as only the top 16 clubs in England and Wales remain in search for the prestigious trophy. The next set of matches will be played at the end of October, according to the event's official Twitter account:
All #CapitalOneCup Round 4 ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing 28th October 2013— Capital One Cup (@CapitalOne_Cup) September 25, 2013
Here is a look at the next round of action after the latest draw, courtesy of the tournament website.
|Home Team||Away Team|
|Birmingham City||Stoke City|
|Manchester United||Norwich City|
|Burnley||West Ham United|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Hull City|
|Newcastle United||Manchester City|
Chelsea are involved in arguably the most exciting match of the round. After the club cruised to a 2-0 victory over Swindon Town to open its tournament, they will need to go on the road again, but this time at Arsenal.
After the fellow EPL contending club barely escaped the previous round, they should be prepared for another tough test in this one. They will also likely bring their first team to make things tougher.
Other notable matches includes Manchester United against Norwich City, which will actually be an easier contest after its win over Liverpool.
Manchester City will look to continue its strong play of late and remain a contender to win the title with a Round 4 match against Newcastle United. Tottenham will be challenged by Hull City, but a home match should make it an easy victory.
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It is also interesting to follow the true underdogs in this tournament, as it is one of the only chances they get to really compete with the big boys in the Premier League.
While all of the League 1 and League 2 clubs have been eliminated, there are a few Championship squads still in the hunt for a title.
Birmingham City have likely been the most impressive of these clubs after completing a 3-1 victory over Swansea City in Round 3. They will try to keep the momentum going against Stoke City.
Burnley and Leicester City will also try to make a deep run in the tournament similar to Bradford City from last season.
Anything is possible with only 16 teams remaining, so make sure you catch all of the action in the Football League Cup.
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