Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final draw may have seen the big names avoid one another, but there is still plenty of potential for a cupset.
After thrashing Norwich City 4-0 on Tuesday night, Manchester United will have to travel to Stoke City, a side which they twice fell behind against at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.
Manchester City, who required extra-time to progress with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park, make the trip to the Midlands to face Leicester City.
The Foxes overcame Martin Jol’s Fulham on Tuesday night, and Manuel Pellegrini has warned his stars not to be complacent when they face the Championship side in the next round.
“They (Leicester) beat Fulham and that is not an easy team,” he told the Manchester City club website. “We will have a very difficult match and if we want to win we will have to play very well.”
Leicester are riding high in the Championship and have lost just once in their last eight league matches.
Nigel Pearson’s side will be hoping to gain promotion back to the Premier League this season, for the first time since 2004, and represent a potential banana skin for Pellegrini’s City.
And, following the incredible League Cup expeditions of Bradford City last season, who met Swansea in the final, they will feel that anything is possible.
Striker David Nugent, who has top-flight experience with Burnley and Portsmouth, has scored seven goals in 12 games this season, and will be the most likely danger man for Leicester.
Chelsea were rewarded for beating Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday with a trip to either Southampton or Sunderland in the next round, with their fourth round match to be played next week.
Jose Mourinho’s side will no doubt prefer to face the Black Cats who currently lie 19th in the Premier League, although their confidence was boosted by victory over Newcastle in last weekend’s Tyne and Wear derby.
Saints on the other hand are flying high this season having beaten Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield and snatched a last minute draw at Old Trafford.
Finally, Tottenham Hotspur were drawn against West Ham United in what is likely to be a feisty London derby, and potentially the most closely fought of the four encounters.