Just a quick preview for the League Cup quarter finals today – but yes, I am aware of what happened last weekend and I’ll be addressing that on Friday #badpredictions
Liverpool v Leeds United (this evening, Sky Sports 1, 7:30pm)
First meeting in any competition at Anfield since October 2003, which is a sobering thought for those of us that can remember when the pair always seemed to be battling it out – often literally – at the top of the old First Division.
Leeds have never beaten Liverpool in the competition and although United reached the same stage of the competition three seasons ago, they’ve not gone any further since they were beaten finalists over in 1996. It doesn’t look particularly promising does it, but Leeds are in a particularly good run of form away from Elland Road at the moment and you could argue that Liverpool have bigger fish to fry.
Hull v Newcastle United (tomorrow, no TV coverage)
Only previous meeting in the competition was in October 1997, when Newcastle won 2-0 at St. James’ Park. Premier League strugglers Hull have only beaten Newcastle at home on one occasion in seven meetings: a 2-1 win in a league game in October 1990.
Newcastle are familiar with the latter stages of the competition but haven’t actually reached the semi finals of the League Cup since 1976, when they went on to lose the final against Manchester City after beating Spurs in the semi-finals. As I wrote last week, they’ve been irresistible on the road this season and I think they’re the best chance we have of a team from the Championship reaching the semi finals.
I’ll update the scores, but otherwise I’ll be back on Friday – when I’ll have some explaining to do