Big guns kept apart in League Cup quarter-final draw
Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs & Manchester City avoid each other in last eight
The Premier League big-guns all avoided each other in the draw for the League Cup quarter-final.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will all start as favourites to reach the last four in the competition, but the quartet will have to come through tricky looking ties to move a step closer to Wembley.
Tonight's draw took place at St. James' Park after Manuel Pellegrini's side knocked out Newcastle, and the Citizens reward for victory in extra-time is a trip to face in-form Championship outfit Leicester - who knocked out Fulham in the last round.
The Red Devils will also have to travel in the last eight, as they take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. David Moyes' side overcame Norwich at Old Trafford in the last round.
Chelsea, who beat Arsenal in the last 16, will be travelling once again in December, as Jose Mourinho's side face the winner of the clash between Sunderland and Southampton, who meet next week at the Stadium of Light.
Finally, Spurs were rewarded for their penalty shootout victory over Hull City with a home tie, but it's a tricky one for Andre Villas-Boas against capital rivals West Ham United.
The Hammers will rightly be confident after their 3-0 win at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, and the clash in north London promises to be the pick of the ties.
League Cup quarter-final draw in full:
Leicester City v Manchester City
Stoke City v Manchester United
Sunderland or Southampton v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United