Carling Cup live (Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated)Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn
Chelsea 1-2 Newcastle
Liverpool 1-0 Northampton (20.00)
Scunthorpe 1-2 Manchester United
West Brom 0-1 Manchester City (20.00)
Wigan 0-1 Preston
20.25: Lucky, lucky boy. Kuszczak flaps at a Jonathan Forte shot and the ball looks like it is going to drop in to the net, but a cruel spin on the ball forces it away from the goal and Manchester United (and Kuszczak) survive.
20.21: GOAL! Scunthorpe 1-2 Manchester United
The goals just keep on coming, it's incredible, as is this goal. Chris Smalling makes a strikers run in to the box and he improvises in forward fashion to flick home Ji-Sung Park's short ball across the box. That's his first goal for the club, the way he took it it could have been his hundredth.
20.20: GOAL! Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn
A bit against the run of play this, but it is a neat finish. Gael Givet connects with a sweet left foot volley to make things just a bit more awkward for Mr Houllier.
20.19: GOAL! West Brom 0-1 Manchester City
He has suddenly found a bit of form this chap. Jo hits a neat left foot strike to put City in front at the Hawthorns.
20.17: GOAL! Chelsea 1-2 Newcastle
And that is typical Ryan Taylor, the midfielder hits an almighty free-kick from the edge of the penalty area which Turnbull was not going to reach in a month of Sundays. What a turn around for the Toon Army.
20.11: GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle
What the hell is going on here? Goals from all angles! Nile Ranger joins an exclusive club of players that have scored against Chelsea this season by turning the ball in at the far post.
20.09: GOAL! Scunthorpe 1-1 Manchester United
Typical Manchester United this, Darren Gibson chips the ball over the keeper to give the red devils an instant reply with their first shot on target.
20.08: GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Northampton
No mistake from Liverpool, Milan Jovanovic storms in to the box to power the home side in front.
20.06: GOAL! Wigan 0-1 Preston
Keith Treacy's free kick deceives everyone inlcuding Ali Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal, as the Championship side take the lead.
20.05: GOAL! Scunthorpe 1-0 Manchester United
What a goal that is, Josh Wright receives the ball from Woolford 20 yards out, and he unleashes an absolute pile-driver in to Kuszczak's top right corner. He is booked for his over the top celebration, which given the circumstances is quite harsh.
20.03: All Carling Cup games now underway.
20.01: That forced Kuszczak in to action! Martyn Woolford does superbly to get the ball out his feet to hit a powerful strike. But it's straight at Kuszczak and Man Utd survive.
19.57: Cupset watch, Scunthorpe have been having all the shots against Man Utd, albeit without seriously testing Tomasz Kuszczak, while a half-empty Wigan and Preston has hardly produced any action as yet.
19.53: Sol Campbell nearly makes for his error by glancing a header just wide. That's your lot so far, if it wasn't for Campbell we could be sat here watching tumbleweed go by.
Goals galore: Patrick Van Anholt scores to continue Chelsea's superb goal scoring form
19.50: GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle
Not a great start for Sol Campbell, he is dispossessed by Gael Kakuta, he plays in Patrick Van Anholt who fires past Tim Krul to put the free scoring Blues in to the lead.
19.49: Bright start for Scunthorpe, they are bossing possession at the moment as are Chelsea at Newcastle.
19.47: Games kicking off, including at Glanford Park.
19.43: So many strong lineups this week. Manchester City have avoided putting out their best, but in Shay Given, Patrick Vieira and Roque Santa Cruz their backups are probably capable of filling in.
Honestly their strength in depth is embarrassing.
19.41: Tell you what, that Manchester United lineup looks strong. Scunthorpe though can take a few lessons from Rangers who managed to shut out a similar XI at Old Trafford.
No Sir Alex Ferguson tonight as he is in Spain, but a certain Bebe is on the bench.
19.38: Of course Gerard Houllier takes charge of Villa for the first time tonight, he has won this competition twice before with Liverpool. A trophy will go down well with Villa fans who have been starved of success since their win in this very competition in 1996.
19.35: Team news from the other three ties being played this evening.
Aston Villa v BlackburnAston Villa: Guzan, Lichaj, Cuellar, Clark, Warnock, Ashley Young, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Carew. Subs: Friedel, Delfouneso, Davies, Salifou, Heskey, Beye, Osbourne.Blackburn: Bunn, Chimbonda, Givet, Nelsen, Olsson, Emerton, Nzonzi, Jones, Pedersen, Mwaruwari, Hoilett. Subs: Fielding, Samba, Kalinic, El-Hadji Diouf, Linganzi, Morris, Mame Diouf.Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)West Brom v Man CityWest Brom: Myhill, Zuiverloon, Meite, Pablo, Shorey, Tchoyi, Reid, Dorrans, Barnes, Bednar, Cox. Subs: Carson, Olsson, Brunt, Odemwingie, Fortune, Scharner, Jara.Man City: Given, Vidal, Boyata, Mee, Cunningham, Adam Johnson, Vieira, Ibrahim, Jo, Santa Cruz, Guidetti. Subs: Taylor, Kompany, Zabaleta, Milner, Silva, Kay, Veseli.Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)Liverpool v NorthamptonLiverpool: Jones, Kelly, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Wilson, Pacheco, Lucas, Spearing, Jovanovic, Babel, Ngog. Subs: Hansen, Shelvey, Eccleston, Ince, Amoo, Wisdom, Robinson.Northampton: Dunn, Johnson, Holt, Tozer, Davis, Rodgers, Gilligan, Thornton, Osman, Jacobs, Mckay. Subs: Walker, Guinan, Wedderburn, Herbert, Harris, Slowe, Kaziboni.Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
19.30: With tough tasks in mind, Newcastle have a huge mission in trying to defeat Chelsea tonight. Many are jealous of the Londoners success and have slated their 'easy' start to the season. But click here for Leo Spall's view on if Chelsea really care.
19.28: However they also inform us that Michael Owen, who starts tonight, has scored seven goals in his last nine appearances in the Carling Cup.
19.27: If any of you need more encouragement for an upset tonight, opta have informed us that Manchester United have lost three of their last six Carling Cup matches against sides from a lower division.
19.26: Full team news from Stamford Bridge and Glanford Park.Chelsea v NewcastleChelsea: Turnbull, Ferreira, Terry, Bruma, Van Aanholt, Ramires, Benayoun, Zhirkov, Kakuta, Anelka, Sturridge. Subs: Cech, Kalou, Alex, McEachran, Clifford, Mellis, Chalobah.Newcastle: Krul, Ryan Taylor, Campbell, Coloccini, Ferguson, Ranger, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Smith, Ameobi, Lovenkrands. Subs: Soderberg, Nolan, Williamson, Barton, Carroll, Tiote, Ben Arfa.Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)Scunthorpe v Man UtdScunthorpe: Murphy, Byrne, Mirfin, Canavan, Nolan, O'Connor, Togwell, Josh Wright, Woolford, Dagnall, Forte. Subs: Slocombe, Andrew Wright, Jones, Raynes, Grant, Collins, Godden.Man Utd: Kuszczak, Brown, Ferdinand, Smalling, Rafael Da Silva, Park, Anderson, Gibson, Hernandez, Owen, Macheda. Subs: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Obertan, De Laet, Corry Evans, Bebe, Eikrem.Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
19.22: First up the DW Stadium, where Roberto Martinez recalls Mauro Boselli to the starting XI.
Wigan v PrestonWigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Alcaraz, Steven Caldwell, Figueroa, Gomez, Watson, Thomas, McArthur, Di Santo, Boselli. Subs: Kirkland, Gohouri, McCarthy, N'Zogbia, Moses, Diame, De Ridder.Preston: Lonergan, Gray, St. Ledger, Wayne Brown, Jones, Mayor, Coutts, Russell, Treacy, Chris Brown, Barton. Subs: Arestidou, Morgan, Hayes, Parry, Parkin, McLaughlin, Wright.Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)
19.21: Some early team news from Stamford Bridge. Daniel Sturridge will partner Nicolas Anelka in attack, as Carlo Ancelotti gives starts starts to Gael Kakuta and Ross Turnbull.
Full news on the lineups will follow.promise.
19.18: As mentioned we have three all-Premier League ties tonight, including a repeat of last year's semi-final between Aston Villa and Blackburn. The second-leg of that semi-final produced 10 goals as Villa won 6-4.would another goal fest like that be too much to ask for?
19.15: An all Premier League affair greets us. Every fixture has at least one top division side tonight, but with a minimum three going out can Scunthorpe, Northampton and Preston cause a shock and make that more?
Burnley and Brentford led the way last night as they dumped out Bolton and Everton respectively and even Notts County went close in taking Wolves to extra-time.
But in current holders Manchester United, Scunthorpe have a big task ahead of them, while Northampton have an even tougher battle as they visit Anfield. Preston though will be hoping the Wigan side that lost 4-0 at home to Blackpool will turn up rather than the Latics side that defeated Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane, as they visit the DW Stadium.
As ever, team news on the way folks and any thoughts on tonights games email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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