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Derby rivals meet in Carling Cup

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An eye-catching West Midlands derby between bitter rivals Birmingham and Aston Villa was the standout tie in Saturday's draw for the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

Just 24 hours before the two sides meet in the Barclays Premier League, Alex McLeish's Birmingham landed a home tie against city rivals Villa, who reached the final of the competition 12 months ago.

Holders Manchester United, who defeated Wolves in the last round, will continue their bid for a third successive Carling Cup win against West Ham at Upton Park. Arsenal's reward for their emphatic 4-0 triumph at Newcastle is a last-eight encounter with 2006 finalists Wigan, while Ipswich, the only side from outside the top flight remaining in the competition, will aim to secure a semi-final berth at the expense of West Brom.

The quarter-final ties will be played in the week beginning November 29.

The draw in full for the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

Arsenal v Wigan

Birmingham v Aston Villa

West Ham v Manchester United

Ipswich v West Brom

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