Newcastle had lost all of their last 11 games against Manchester City, but turned the tide of that one-sided recent history in the Capital One Cup, by securing a 2-0 win at the Etihad with a 17-year-old playing up front. Who says it’s the FA Cup that holds all the beauty?
The defending champions’ exit left Chelsea unrivalled as favourites to lift the first piece of silverware of the season, priced at 23/20 with Ladbrokes.
Liverpool are given the responsibility of leading the chasing pack, at odds of 4/1, and both Premier League sides will be confident of progressing to the latter stages after getting plum draws for the quarter-final.
Chelsea, who stuttered past Shrewsbury last time out to Jose Mourinho’s annoyance, will travel to face Derby County, while the Reds will also face Championship opposition when they make the long trip down to Bournemouth.
Unquestionably the tie of the round involves Alan Pardew’s resurgent side and a trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham.
The Magpies, who are 16/1 to win the League Cup, have now won three games in a row after a turbulent start to the campaign, the second of which came in come-from-behind fashion in north London against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Spurs, who saw their price to win the trophy fall to 11/2 after beating Brighton 2-0, aren’t enjoying much success under the Argentine in the Premier League but will look to take revenge when hosting the Geordies again.
The final tie sees 5/1-third-favourites Southampton visit emerging Cup stalwarts Sheffield United.
The Blades embarked on a heady run to the FA Cup semi-finals under Nigel Clough last season and are now in the League Cup’s last eight for the first time since 2002/03.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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