Tuesday night’s fixtures of the English Football League Cup round of 16 provided plenty of goals and thrills, last night the remaining three fixtures for a place in the Quarter finals of the competition took place and with no return fixture 3 teams had to be knocked out.
The night saw an all Premier League affair as sides come up against one another in the quest for cup glory, expectations for an action filled night were high. Southampton hosted bottom of the table Sunderland, with David Moyes hoping for the consistent form his side have shown in the competition so far, but it was the Saints’ record signing Sofiane Boufal who decided the tie, scoring a brilliant goal, his first for the club, 1-0 the result, booking them a trip to the Emirates in the fifth round against Arsenal who brushed of Reading thanks to two Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goals. In one of the derbies of the night, the London derby, West Ham, whose start to the Premier League campaign has been shaky, stunned high flying Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium, going ahead in the first half through Cheikhou Kouyate who headed in a Mark Noble cross and the hammers begun the second half in brilliant fashion going two up 3 minutes into the restart. Gary Cahill pulled one back late for the blues but it was too little to late, the match ended 2-1.
The game of the night saw Manchester United go through to the next round with a more positive display over city rivals Manchester City, a solitary goal from Juan Mata in the 54th minute sealed a 1-0 victory for the Red Devils, a good day for Mourinho getting one over his counterpart Pep Guardiola. United now host West Ham in one of the two all Premier League clashes in the Quarter finals.
Liverpool will clash with Championship side Leeds United in their quarter-final in a tie that will revisit memories of previous, huge encounters in the 1990s Premier League era. Leeds needed a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Norwich to progress, while a youthful Liverpool team got the better of Tottenham at Anfield on Tuesday.
The fourth quarter-final sees Rafael Benitez’s steamrolling Newcastle side, currently top of the Championship and 6-0 fourth-round victors over Preston, face north-east rivals Hull City, who won 2-1 at Bristol City on Tuesday.
The quarter-final ties will be played in the week commencing November 28
Liverpool v Leeds United
Manchester United v West Ham United
Hull City v Newcastle United
Arsenal v Southampton